Daikoji is temple No. 67 on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The temple is located in the countryside on the outskirts of Kannonji. The huge camphor tree in the compound is said to have been planted by Kukai. The statue is of Tendai Daishi, the Chinese founder of T’ien-t’ai Buddhism. The temple has Daishido Halls for both the Shingon and Tendai sects. Like many other temples, this temple was burned by the warriors of Chosokabe Motochika in the 16th century. In 792 it was visited by Daishi on a preaching tour, then in 822 it was restored with an imperial edict by Emperor Saga, then later moved to a small hill surrounded by forest where it currently stands. At the time, there were 24 dwellings of the Shingon Sect and 12 of the Tendai Sect within the same compound, and while having such an unusual history of both sects studying within the same precincts, it is currently part of the Shingon Zentsuji Sect.
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