Iyo Kokubunji Temple is No. 59 on the Shikoku pilgrimage. This is the only temple on the pilgrimage belonging to the Shingon Ritsu Sect. It was founded in 807 by Kobo Daishi, the founder of the pilgrimage, who carved the statue of Enmei Jizo Bosatsu. This deity is called the Helmsman Jizo, and fishermen believe that it protects them at sea. In the main hall there are thousands of small statues of Jizo donated by pilgrims from all over Japan. In the hands of each statue is a ship's wheel There is a statue of Kobo Daishi on the grounds near the medicine ball, with which you can shake hands.
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