Ryukoji is Temple 41 on the Shikoku Pilgrimage and is located on a steep hillside with a fine view down a pastoral valley. Kukai is said to have founded it in 807. The temple, which is associated both with dragons and rice which are celebrated in Japan’s native religion, also includes an attractive Shinto shrine in its precincts. Ryuko-ji stands on a hillside up a steep flight of stone steps in a valley. The real interest at Ryuko-ji lies beyond the unremarkable temple buildings further up the hill where the shrines are. At the top of the stairs is a shrine to the Inari or fox deity, whose shrines are typically red. Its official name is Banfudasho Inariyama Gokokuin Ryuko.
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