Chikurin-ji Temple

A serene temple surrounded by lush greenery and surprises.
This temple is thought to have been established in 724 and is the 31st stop on the 1,200-km long Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage.
Chikurin-ji literally means “bamboo forest temple,” and while there are still a few bamboo groves on the grounds, these days it is better known for its sweeping Japanese maples, which turn gold and crimson in the fall.

The grounds are deeply serene. Once you climb a flight of photogenic stone steps and go through the entrance gate, it feels like being spirited away. Once past the gate, visitors will walk along a lushly moss-covered approach, before arriving at the main temple buildings, a red five-storied pagoda and elegant gardens.

The main figure enshrined here is Monju Bosatsu, the bodhisattva of wisdom, making the temple a popular destination for students during exam season, each praying to pass with flying colors.

While entrance to the temple’s main grounds is free, Chikurin-ji has a 14th-century garden that is registered as a National Place of Scenic Beauty. For a small fee visitors can see the Chinese-influenced garden that surrounds the library and was designed to be best viewed from within the building.

Be sure to spend some time in contemplation a little further at Meguri no Mori, a green area dotted with little ponds and a stained glass dome.

The temple is near the top of Mt.Godai, right next door to the flower-filled Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden. There are sightseeing buses from central Kochi to the entrances of both spots.

Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage: Ohenro
Self-guided Henro Trail (31st temple - 33rd temple)
Address 高知県高知市五台山3577 (3577, Godaisan, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture, Japan)
Telephone Number 088-882-3085
OpenMain hours: 8:00-17:00
Meisho Garden・Homotsukan: 8:30-17:00
ClosedOpen year round
Directions●About 20 min drive from Kochi IC on Kochi Expressway
●Short walk from Chikurinji Temple bus stop (MY-YU Bus)
Website Website
Map Code73 159 166*66

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