Mandaraji Temple - Mandaraji is the 72nd sacred spot on the Shikoku Henro pilgrimage, located at the foot of a mountain range consisting of five mountains. From the west, these mountains are Mt. Hiage, Mt. Naka, Mt. Gabaishi, Mt. Fudenoyama and Mt. Koshiki. This temple has deep ties to the late Heian period monk and poet, Saigyo, who lived nearly 1,000 years ago. On the temple grounds, one can find "Saigyo's Napping Stone", where he is said to have slept, as well as the cherry tree where he hung his hat. There is a monument on the temple grounds commemorating the hospitality of osettai to pilgrims. Behind the main hall is an impressive Japanese garden.
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