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Dainichiji - Konan City

Temple #28 of the Ohenro 88 temple pilgrimage

Temple twenty eight in the Shikoku Ohenro pilgrimage is also known the Great Sun Temple. The main deity, Dainichi Nyorai, is said to have been carved by Kobo Daishi from a camphor tree using only his fingernails. As a result, it’s called “Fingernail Yakushi” and is believed to cure illnesses of the head and upper part of the body. The carving of Dainichi Nyorai and the supporting image of Sho Kannon are considered Japanese National Treasures. To get there, catch a Gomen-Nahari line train from Kochi station and get off at Noichi station. From there it’s about a 25 minute walk.

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