Friday, January 12, 2024

Tozenji Temple Number 66 on the Kyushu Pilgrimage


When I visited Tozenji, back in 2014, it had no main hall, it having been demolished to make way for a new one.

"Business" was being conducted out of what I believe was the reception area of the priest's residence

The temple is said to have been founded in 711 by none other than Gyoki. I was surprised to learn that Gyoki had been to Kyushu, because even though there is very little actually known about him, what is known is that he was primarily based in the Kinki area, though many temples on Shikoku claim him as their founder.

There were several shrines altars and statues scattered around, and several other buildings but they seemed to be off-limits.

A small bridge stands suspended, connected  to the space where the main hall used to be. There is now a brand new building there.

The honzon of the temple is a Yakushi Nyorai. Tozenji is, like all the 108 temples on this pilgrimage, a Shingon temple.

A small stream runs behind where the main building stood and it leads u a narrow, mossy gully filled with red-bibbed statues. The priest gives me permission to explore and that is what is the subject of the next post.

The previous post was on Hasami Shrine next door.


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