Temple 26 Kongochoji was in former times a very large and powerful temple in the region, founded by Kobo Daishi. Some scholars argue that it was here and not at the tip of Cape Muroto where he spent his time and achieved enlightenment. There are several famous legends concerning Kobo Daishi at this temple, the first being that he was bothered by a long-nosed forest goblin while he was here. The great sage engaged it in a debate and as the goblin lost and he was banished to Cape Ashizuri far to the West. Another story is that Kobo Daishi carved the statue of Yakushi Nyorai, the Medicine Buddha, that is the main deity of the temple. The statue was supposedly so lifelike that it walked to the altar by itself. The temple has a treasure house which holds many items dating back to Kobo Daishi’s time, though this is normally not open to the public.