Tosa Kokubunji temple has wallowed with
its eternal history surrounded by the lush yet silent woods
for more than 1200 years.
The temple was constructed under direction of high priest
Gyoki (668 to 748) in the year 741 by the wishes of the
45th emperor, who ordered the temple to be built on the
best land available in Shikoku. Transcriptions of the Konkomyu
ruler written by the emperor were to be stored here, and
the temple was also called Konkomyo Tennou Gokokunotera
as it served as a place of worship for peace and tranquility,
good harvests, and the well being of all civilians.
Kokubunji Temple was later revived by Koubou Daishi (774
to 835) as a temple for Shingon Buddhism and it became the
29th holy site for visit to 88 temples in Shikoku, where
the sound of pilgrim’s bells rings ceaselessly.
The area is also famous as the place
that Kinotsurayuki (868 to 945), the author of the Tosa
Diaries, lived for 4 years as the provincial governor. Various
emperors used the temple as a place of rest, while later
Lord Chousokabe and Yamauchi's ideas to maintain the building
as a temple came to light.
In 1922, a historical dirt mound was discovered, which led
to the entire temple grounds being designated as a national
cultural heritage site.
Excavation surveys held within the temple grounds in 1977
led to the discovery of the remains of dwellings dating
back to the Yayoi era, which was later determined to lay
the foundations for the start of culture in Tosa.
29th holy site in Shikoku Mt. Mani Hozoin Tosa Kokubunji
|546 Kokubunji, Nankoku-shi, Kochi