Tatsue-ji is a famous temple with the social status of the wish by 45th Emperor Sy?mu.

In 747, prayed for the safe delivery of Empress K?my?, Gyoki make a “Enmei Jizobosatsu”by order of Emperor.

Since then, the temple has been attracting people who whishes safe delivery.

When Kobo-Daishi was making “88 temple pilgrimage in Shikoku”, he stayed in this temple in 815.

Then he selected “88 temple” as the No.19th temple.




memorial service

K?kai (空海)

Kukai, better known by his posthumous name “Kobo Daishi,” is not only remembered as the founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, 

but is also renowned for the great influence he left on Japanese social and cultural history. 

 Placing an emphasis on “pacifying and protecting the nation by means of Buddhism” and “saving the world and benefiting mankind,” 

Kukai was engaged in many multifaceted undertakings: offering prayers for peace of the nation under the Imperial order of Emperor Saga; 

visiting the 88 sacred places in Shikoku and many other parts of Japan to communicate directly with people; praying for rain during 

prolonged dry weather; directing the reconstruction of a reservoir; and opening Shugei Shuchiin, Japan's first educational institution 

for the public. As well, he was a great poet, one of the three best calligraphers of Japan, and an author of Japan's first literary 

review and dictionary. Even today, people show respect and love for Kukai, casually calling him “Odaishi-san” in Shikoku and 

Wakayama, and “Kobo-san” in Kyoto. Pilgrims visit the sacred places in Shikoku from all over Japan to follow the trail that Kukai 

walked in his youth. During the pilgrimage, they believe that the spirit of Kukai is with them, a belief expressed by the traditional 

phrase “Dogyo-ninin,” meaning “we two walk together.”  

 In 816, at the age of 43, Kukai opened a monastic center on Mt. Koya, located in the northern part of Wakayama Prefecture, 

to expound the Esoteric Shingon doctrine. Kukai died there in 835 when he was 62, but legend holds that Kukai is still alive, 

deep in meditation. 

 The history of Mt. Koya directly reflects the history of the development of Japanese Buddhist culture, and also the history of 

people's admiration and worship for Kukai and Mt. Koya. 

 Held in commemoration of the 1, 200th anniversary of Kukai's visit to China in the Tang Dynasty to study Esoteric Buddhism, 

this exhibition reveals a picture of the treasures that have accumulated on Mt. Koya for 1, 000 years, from the days of Kukai 

to the modern age. Featuring 145 items, it includes all 23 National Treasures of Mt. Koya, except for the two buildings, as well 

as 96 Important Cultural Properties. An exhibition of such grand scale is the first of its kind in history, and will probably be the last.

Guidance of the inn ”宿坊”

Reservation of SYUKUBO