I went to see the autumn leaves Okubo-ji temple at Sanuki city, Kagawa pref., Japan. Okubo-ji is Temple No. 88 of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It’s the last temple of the pilgrimage. It’s located in a valley near the border between Kagawa and Tokushima. In autumn, the yellow and red leaves are particularly beautiful.
場所：香川県さぬき市多和兼割96 [Google Map]
Address : 96 Tawakanewari, Sanuki city, Kagawa pref., Japan [Google Map]
Autumn leaves : end of Oct. – beginning of Nov.
Ōkubo-ji is a Shingon temple in Sanuki, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is Temple 88 on the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage. Pilgrims leave their kongō-zue at the temple when completing the circuit. The Ōkubo-ji temple bell and pilgrim bells have been selected by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan.
Gyōki is said to have made a hut here. Kūkai, after returning from China, built a sanctuary here and carved the main deity. The stone (Otsue-dō) in front of the Main Hall is said to be where he left his staff. This temple is the last one along the Shikoku pilgrimage route and many pilgrims leave their staff here feeling that its role is complete. This temple was one of the earliest temples to abolish the rule that women were not allowed to climb the mountains leading to a sacred site.