Temple 38 Kongofuku-ji - Stone garden rockery at Kongofuku-ji - The overlooks Cape Ashizuri and the Pacific Ocean at the tip of the Ashizuri Peninsula, it has always enjoyed the patronage of aristocrats, warriors, and noble clans like the Minamoto, Chosokabe, and Yamanouchi. Consequently it survived intact through the early Meiji years when other temples suffered damage. The temple stands in a garden of colourful stones, which are reflected in a large pond. There are numerous pines, and the hill behind the temple is cloaked in windswept trees. Cape Ashizuri is the southernmost point of Shikoku, infamous throughout Japan for its fierce and changeable weather. Kogofukuji is also one of the most dramatic and picturesque of all the 88 temples, thanks to its remote location overlooking Cape Ashizuri.
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