Anrakuji Temple Gate - the original site of the temple was 2 km from its present location where Kobo Daishi created a hot spring that was renowned for its healing properties. The temple was moved to its present location, and made ito a roadside temple to provide lodging for pilgrims. Within its grounds is a two storey pagoda, a beautiful pond garden and a bamboo grove. Anrajkuji is entered through a big, white, Chinese-style gate, and up the stairs by the gatehouse Anrakuji offers a tsuyado - free lodgings for walking pilgrims. Anrakuji also has a shukubo of temple lodging at nominal cost. Anrakuji has a long history of accommodating pilgrims, in part because of its location that is accessible if one were to start at temple 1 early in the morning it would be possible to reach by late afternoon.
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