Tosa Kokubunji - Temple 29 on the Shikoku Pilgrimage - Tosa Kokubunji temple's history goes back more than 1200 years. The temple was constructed under the direction of Gyoki in the year 741 set in lush yet silent woods. The temple was once called Konkomyo Tennou Gokokunotera as it served as a place of worship for peace and tranquility, good harvests and the well being of all. Kokubunji Temple was later revived by Koubo Daishi as a temple of the Shingon Buddhist sect. In 1922 a historical mound was discovered, which led to the entire temple grounds being designated as a National Cultural Heritage site. Excavation surveys held within the temple grounds in 1977 led to the discovery of the remains of dwellings dating back to the Yayoi period. Various emperors have used the temple as a place of rest.
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