Ryozenji Temple Gate -Ryozen-ji is the starting point of the legendary Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. This epic 1200 kilometer journey takes pilgrims to 88 temples scattered across the island of Shikoku. The temple was founded in the early eighth century and has served as the first temple on the pilgrimage route since 1687. Because many pilgrims complete their journey at Koyasan, Ryozen-ji serves as both the start and end of the Shikoku pilgrimage. The temple shop sells white robes & pilgrim accessories: woven hats, walking sticks and bells that pilgrims traditionally use. Besides all that the temple grounds are laid out with a small pond garden.
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