Negoroji Temple Moss Garden - Negoroj-ji - It’s from this temple that the name of the prefecture, Kagawa is derived. Kagawa means ‘incense river’ and it’s named after a river thought to flow from the roots of a tree in the courtyard of the temple. It’s located on the same plateau as temple 81. Interesting features of the temple include a shrine with 10,000 images of Kannon, a thousand-year-old Zelkova tree and a statue in front of the main gate of an ox devil. The temple is located up midway up Mt. Aomine. Its name means Root Scent Temple. The legend has it that there was a horrible ox demon living on Mt. Aomine who ate people. This demon was slain by a master archer who then dedicated its horns to this temple. In front of the gate is a bronze statue of this ox demon.
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