Chikurinji (竹林寺) is the 31st temple of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It is located in Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan. It was built in 724. Its deity is Monju Bosatsu, or Manjushri – a bodhisattva associated with wisdom. The temple is therefore quite popular with students, who come here before exams to pray for academic success.
Chikurinji is home to a few historically and culturally significant buildings. Its main hall and reception hall are both recognized as Important Cultural Property and Prefectural Cultural Property, respectively. Painted in hard-to-miss bright red colors, the five-story pagoda stands out at the center. Chikurinji translates to “bamboo forest temple”, named after a mountain in China by Buddhist priests. However, you will find that maple trees outnumber the bamboo by quite a bit here. The gold and crimson colors of the maple trees shine brightly during Autumn.
The temple has a garden preserved in its 14th-century Edo-period style. The garden is registered as a National Place of Scenic Beauty. Visitors can pay a small fee to stroll around the Chinese-influenced garden surrounded by the library. There is another area called Meguri no Mori, where you will find ponds with a stained-glass dome.
まちの別邸 緝 Shu