Kokubunji Sanuki Temple - The origins of Sanuki Kokubunji Temple date back to 741, when Emperor Shomu ordered the construction of provincial temples called kokubunji nationwide as a way of praying for peace, abundant harvests and cultural development throughout the land. Kokubunji Sanuki was built by the Buddhist monk Gyoki. Lining the promenade on both sides you will find 88 stone statues modeled after the principle images of every temple on the Shikoku Henro pilgrimage. Behind these stone statues on the right is an enormous boulder over a meter in size, which is the cornerstone of a seven-story pagoda that stood here when the temple was first built. The precincts of Kokubunji, along with its priests quarters and earthen walls are the only nationally designated special historical site in Shikoku.
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