Some Information: The name means, “Fragrant Root Temple” and the name is said to have inspired the name of Kagawa Prefecture. “Kagawa” has two characters “Ka” meaning “fragrant” and “kawa”, meaning “river”. The fragrance of Kagawa is said to come from here. This is the source.
Interesting Features: A favorite temple indeed. The walk through the forest is wonderful and then up a series of steps to an inner courtyard to find the temple is almost other-worldly. Once inside the interior, you will walk through corridors where the walls are packed with 10,000 images of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. You are very much on your own here. There are no temple staff to tell you what to do and where to stand. This beautiful oasis of culture and faith stands alone as a testament to the pilgrims who pass through here peacefully, upsetting nothing, coming only to see, learn, and experience.
According to legend, there is a story of a devil who plagued the local people. This devil was in the shape of both an ox and a fox. He had the head of an ox and the body of a fox. A samurai by the name of Kurando Yamada shot the devil with an arrow and severed its head. The head was then brought to this temple. The creature was called “Ushi-oni” and believed to have power to combat evil.
Distance to the next temple is 11.9 kilometers.