Chikurinji Temple is situated in Godaisan, a small mountain in east of Kochi. It was established by Buddhist priests coming from China, and become one of the most important stops in Shikoku pilgrimage.
The temple, highlighted with the five-tiered vermillion pagoda, is also known for centuries as Monju-sama, where Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) of wisdom is being honored. Thus, it is considered to be the temple for learning.
Within the temple grounds is a lovely garden where you can stroll and devour the harmony of nature, designed by a notable priest, Muso Soseki.
Not far from the temple, you can head to Makino Botanical Garden, named after Dr. Makino Tomitaro, a botanist from Kochi.
The temple can be reached via 25-minute bus ride from Harimayabashi Station (tram in Kochi) to Chikurin-ji bus stop.
Chikurin-ji is open all throughout the year. Admission to the temple precincts is free, except for entry to the Treasury Hall (400 yen).
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