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Ishiteji, Matsuyama

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Castle Religious Site
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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