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Ishiteji, Matsuyama

(3.5/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
A Shingon Buddhist temple, Ishiteji, stands as a three-story pagoda, and the temple gate is registered as a national treasure. Observe pilgrims on their Shikoku pilgrimage, see statues, and enter dark, incense-smoked mist. You can also hit a gong and check on a chart with your birth year to see how your year will turn out. The mysterious mantra-cave and inner sanctuary at the back of the temple are popular, as are ridge-top statues of Kannon and a collection of carved erotic images and a golden mandala. The site is a 20-minute walk from the nearby town, or a short taxi ride. Make Ishiteji a centerpiece of your Matsuyama vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Matsuyama family vacation planner.
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  • Visited in the evening. It was a temple visit while unfortunately not too popular, dimly lit, could not understand the whole feeling is very atmosphere. Entrance is slightly chaotic feel could feel the solemn atmosphere was entering. Also, would you want to bother you for lunch.
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  • Perhaps of pilgrimage in Shikoku Island one of the most famous still Temple in the Matsuyama kanko bus is always and should stop by here to say so. About 40 years so, sign up now and the environment is a political slogan is written about bling bling and then had that atmosphere in the temples of Kyoto and Kamakura before the pagodas and sculptures built one after the other, bad taste and could ruin the long-awaited good atmosphere. Decay on the corridor from Deva to the entrance of the temple is decorated old frames, such as but not kept at all, seemed to remain so as more and more cultural heritage lost and sad. Hundreds of years of history are believed to be unkei, kaikei made Deva and three-storied pagoda like perfunctory explanation but I think is covered in sloppy 'cause is still involved in something like that to take care of. I think seriously now and removed the tacky sculpture, such as the better devoted to maintenance of these cultural values is the pious donations.
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  • Nailing your disorder in pilgrimage travel, visit. Unlike the other temple in the Matsuyama city, during the week though it was crowded with hurried tourists. Put the very friendly and helpful. I parked, paid parking next to the approach taken had free parking. Expected us: Temple Road to charge but survived.
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