Negoroji Temple
Negoroji Temple
4.5
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MarkGroenewold
By MarkGroenewold
Temple 82 of the 88 Buddhist Temple Pilgrimage
5.0 of 5 bubblesMar 2018
This is really such a gem of a place to visit, and highly recommended for hikers and nature walkers. The temple is very calm and quiet and is considered by Buddhists as the "source" of Kagawa Prefecture. The name "Kagawa" means "Fragrant River", and it is believed that from the roots of the tree of the courtyard in this temple the river flows forth. Getting to the temple itself is a little bit of a hike, so pace yourself and enjoy the lush nature around you. As you push yourself up the steps you will be surrounded by trees, moss, and possibly pilgrims going your way to make their respects. Within the temple is a shrine that holds thousands of images of Kannon (goddess of mercy). You can walk in but it is quite dark. In front of the thousand year old zelkova tree there is a large statue of an "ox-devil". The legend from this area is that this ox-devil was harassing the locals until a samurai by the name of Yamada Kuranda shot it with his bow and chopped off its head. The tradition surrounding this act of bravery is that the locals can call on the power of the subdued ox-devil to combat evil. What I enjoyed most of this location was the courtyard. It was so peaceful when I was there. While much of the pilgrimage has a more open-air feeling, this place felt secure and welcoming. It might have been the shape of the buildings, but I thought that it was a lovely "nest" of contemplation, and to just "be in the moment". Check it out!

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Lara N
Takamatsu, Japan146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
I have been to all of the 88 Shikoku Pilgrimage temples, and Negoro-ji is one of the most beautiful. On the top of a mountain, it is set in a deep, dark forest. There is a staircase that drops down into a valley and then up toward the main hall. It is rather uneven, so not good for unstable feet or wheelchairs. However, the trees and temple are lovely; they are especially magical in the fall when the colors change. There is a fun, large statue of a demon in the parking lot which is good for more whimsical photos.
Negoro-ji is most famous for being the spring of the "fragrant river" which gives Kagawa prefecture its name.
Written 5 November 2015
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MarkGroenewold
Takamatsu, Japan403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
This is really such a gem of a place to visit, and highly recommended for hikers and nature walkers. The temple is very calm and quiet and is considered by Buddhists as the "source" of Kagawa Prefecture. The name "Kagawa" means "Fragrant River", and it is believed that from the roots of the tree of the courtyard in this temple the river flows forth.

Getting to the temple itself is a little bit of a hike, so pace yourself and enjoy the lush nature around you. As you push yourself up the steps you will be surrounded by trees, moss, and possibly pilgrims going your way to make their respects.

Within the temple is a shrine that holds thousands of images of Kannon (goddess of mercy). You can walk in but it is quite dark. In front of the thousand year old zelkova tree there is a large statue of an "ox-devil". The legend from this area is that this ox-devil was harassing the locals until a samurai by the name of Yamada Kuranda shot it with his bow and chopped off its head. The tradition surrounding this act of bravery is that the locals can call on the power of the subdued ox-devil to combat evil.

What I enjoyed most of this location was the courtyard. It was so peaceful when I was there. While much of the pilgrimage has a more open-air feeling, this place felt secure and welcoming. It might have been the shape of the buildings, but I thought that it was a lovely "nest" of contemplation, and to just "be in the moment". Check it out!
Written 24 October 2018
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お遍路さん京都市
京都市27,111 contributions
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Nov 2023 • Friends
It was a pretty good pilgrimage temple. The size, the halls, the good luck. The "Mantai Kannon Hall" that continues underground is a masterpiece! The way about 30,000 Kannon statues are lined up in an orderly fashion is kind of strange and overwhelming. The statue of En no Gyoja Kozuno and the Rokukakudo (Enmei Jizo?) are also wonderful! However, as a rule, I never pray to the "Enmei Jizo" no matter which temple I visit, and I don't even stop there. I pray enthusiastically to the "Kenkou Jizo" and "Genki Jizo"... but I don't want a simple life extension at all. Because if I can no longer do the activities and actions I want to do, I want to die quickly. The most amazing thing here is the huge "Ushi-oni" statue just above the parking lot, rather than the temple grounds. It seems that various legends reside in this statue, but if you face this statue alone after dark, it's so powerful that your heart will pound! ! It was a pilgrimage temple where there wasn't enough time to take your time looking at the Godaido and the white zelkova. This Tendai sect temple is rare in the Shikoku Pilgrimage Association, its principal image is the Thousand-Armed Kannon Bodhisattva, and it is a famous ancient temple that was founded over 1,200 years ago.
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