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3 cave/tunnels at Daishoin Miyajima?

Vermont
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3 cave/tunnels at Daishoin Miyajima?

A while back Matt J/mattj674 wrote:

<<Daishoin, the hillside temple ... is by far the star of the lower part of the island... If you race through, you'll miss the underground tunnels (there are three, not just the semi obvious one, and the pitch black one is terrific. >>

We know the 2 underground cave/tunnels described here. But he says there are three. Can anyone tell me where is the third? Thanks!

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1. Re: 3 cave/tunnels at Daishoin Miyajima?

Maybe he's referring to the basement of the main temple, which is pitch dark?

http://www.galilei.ne.jp/daisyoin/

Click on 戒壇めぐりthen 入口→順路→出口。

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2. Re: 3 cave/tunnels at Daishoin Miyajima?

Thanks for the link, but...

No, that's not it - that's one of the 2 we know. He describes that as "the pitch black one is terrific."

And there's the other one which he calls "the semi obvious one"

We're trying to find the third one he doesn't describe but he does say there are three.

Two year ago I described the 2 caves we know thusly:

<<After you visit the large [main] temple on the right of the main courtyard walk around the veranda and find the staircase to the lower level. Although it may be difficult to spot this entrance, do look for the stairs and do go down. You will find yourself in a completely black space - stand still until you begin to adjust to the darkness but you never will be able to see in the blackness. Feel your way around the space by holding your right hand against the wall. As you circumambulate, small statues carved in stone and set behind glass just about at eye level will become illuminated. Each one stays dimly lit until you pass and then darkens and the next one illuminates. It is absolutely silent and black and peaceful.

Find the Henjyokutsu Cave towards the back of the complex with its underground room with representations of the 88 temples of the Shikoku pilgrimage. Apparently one can receive the same blessing here as bestowed on those who make the entire pilgrimage. We were only able to visit a few of the 88 temples, so were blessed more here. The lanterns on the ceiling provide light, but give your eyes some time to adjust to this darkness. The cave is full of Buddha statues, most covered with good luck talismans and ropes of origami cranes. >>

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3. Re: 3 cave/tunnels at Daishoin Miyajima?

Well, we're just going to have to wait for Matt to come back or pm him..

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4. Re: 3 cave/tunnels at Daishoin Miyajima?

He's changed his user name from Matt J to mattj674 and apparently has apparently disabled PM function.

Oh well

I tried to search for info on line and found nothing.

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5. Re: 3 cave/tunnels at Daishoin Miyajima?

TA is really hunting down people with more than one account and disabling them now. I wonder if he got booted?? I hope not as he has a good knowledge of Hiroshima/Miyajima.

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