Well, the title is quite a mouthful, but when you get to the top, you will be blown away.
Yakuriji is the 85th temple of the 88 Buddhist Temple Pilgrimage. It is very much worth the trip out there. The mountains are gorgeous, there is much to see, and the views you get from the top will take your breath away.
The name of the temple comes from “8 baked chestnuts”. When Kobo Daishi was on his way to China, he stopped here and planted 8 chestnuts and on his return he saw that they grew into great big trees. Thus, the name.
To get to the top of this mountain, and to visit the temple, you have the option of climbing or taking the ropeway (cablecar). On this visit, we took the cablecar and the view was spectacular.
The cablecars have been running for 50 years. They are meticulously cared for and you can see how much care the attendants have for these faithful vehicles. Beautiful!
The name of the mountain is, Gozenkan, which means, “Five sword mountain”. It was named such in the year 827 when Kobo Daishi came here and saw five swords that appeared in the sky. The top of the mountain has five large rocks on the top which also lend credence to the name.
This is something that is interesting to see in Japan, attempts to bring the old and new together. Throughout many temples we can still see artifacts and historical buildings of the past. But in amidst all of it we see elements of the new as well. Buddhism does not appear to be fastened only to the past, but also manifests itself in the present, making links, and drawing people towards the ideal of peace, harmony, and being in the moment.