For the pilgrim, Yakuri temple is one of the final days of a long journey and the last urban temple before things start to get sparse as one heads towards Sanuki City. This temple is a great place to relax and take a break. (Photo: Bret de Colebi)

Yakuri Temple in Autumn

Beautiful views of the city and mountains

Anonymous   - 1 min read

Yakuri Temple (Yakuriji), is the 85th temple in the famous 88 pilgrimage. It comes after Yashima Temple and before Shido Temple. The temple gets its name from the legend that Kobo Daishi planted eight chestnut trees here (ya = 8, kuri = chestnut). The oldest structure here is the wooden bell tower, which was rebuilt in 1791. The temple itself is, of course, a thousand years older. Many people park and walk to the temple, although there is a gondola that leads you to another temple atop the same mountain. Take your time and explore different paths around this mountaintop temple.

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