Saturday, December 17, 2011

Yasaka-ji (Temple #47)

Approaching the main entrance gate to Yasaka-ji. This temple dates to the beginning of the 8th century when it was built by the Lord of Iyo.

A closer view of the entrance gate. Yasaka-ji means "Eight Slope Temple" because it is said that eight paths once led to it.

The underside of the entrance gate is covered with a colorful painting!

The main temple building at Yasakaji.

Wash basin at Yasaka-ji with an elaborate dragon-shaped spigot. The basin is used for ritual purification (hands and mouth) before entering the temple grounds.

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