四国遍路 — Temple 1 — 霊山寺


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The first temple I visited on the Shikoku Pilgrimage was #1 — 霊山寺 (Ryozen-ji).

We parked at a rather sketchy konbini nearby, because we weren’t sure about the parking situation at the temple. We hadn’t even left the parking lot when something caught my eye — it looked like a vending machine… maybe… Venturing closer, I discovered that it was a fresh egg vending machine! If we didn’t have a long day ahead of us, I would’ve bought some.

Turns out we didn’t have to worry about parking. There’s tons of it at the temple, probably because it’s a common starting point for people doing the pilgrimage. Inside the beautiful gate was a koi pond with some small figures in it,

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an impressive pagoda,
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a huge bell we took turns ringing,

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and a temple with delicate lanterns hung from the ceiling.

On our way out, we stopped at the store connected to the complex. All the things you need to be a proper pilgrim were being sold, as well as stunning stamp books… which I bought… There is a page for each temple on the pilgrimage with its name, a picture, and some text in Japanese. On the opposite side is room for the stamp. Now I can have all my stamps for the pilgrimage in one place!

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Date received: April 27th, 2019

 

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