Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage

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The Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage (西国三十三所 Saigoku Sanjūsan-sho?) is a pilgrimage of thirty-three Buddhist temples throughout the Kansai region of Japan, similar to the Shikoku Pilgrimage. In addition to the official thirty-three temples, there are an additional three known as bangai (番外?). The principal image in each temple is Kannon, known to Westners as the Goddess of Mercy; however, there is some variation among the images and the powers they possess.

It is traditional for pilgrims to wear white clothing and conical straw hats and to carry walking sticks. While the route was historically traveled by foot, today pilgrims usually use cars or trains. Pilgrims record their progress with a prayer book (納経帖 Nōkyō-chō?), which the temple staff mark with red stamps and Japanese calligraphy indicating the temple number, the temple name, and the specific name of the Kannon image. Some pilgrims receive the stamps and calligraphy on wall scrolls (for a decorative hanging) and on their white coats (to be cremated in) as well.

The goeika songs of the 33 temples are widely known and frequently grouped together.


No. Temple Honzon (main image) City/Ward/Town Prefecture Image
1 Seiganto-ji Nyoirin Kannon Nachikatsuura Wakayama Seiganto-ji
2 Ki-mii-dera Jūichimen Kannon Wakayama Wakayama Ki-mii-dera
3 Kokawa-dera Senju Kannon Kinokawa Wakayama Kokawa-dera
4 Sefuku-ji Senju Kannon Izumi Osaka Sefuku-ji
5 Fujii-dera Senju Kannon Fujiidera Osaka Fujii-dera
6 Minamihokke-ji (Tsubosaka-dera) Senju Kannon Takatori Nara Minamihokke-ji (Tsubosaka-dera)
7 Oka-dera Nyoirin Kannon Asuka Nara Oka-dera
8 Hase-dera Jūichimen Kannon Sakurai Nara Hase-dera
9 Nan'endō Fukūkensaku Kannon Nara Nara Nan'endō
10 Mimuroto-ji Senju Kannon Uji Kyoto Mimuroto-ji
11 Kami Daigo-ji Juntei Kannon Fushimi-ku, Kyoto Kyoto Kami Daigo-ji
12 Shōhō-ji (Iwama-dera) Senju Kannon Otsu Shiga Shōhō-ji (Iwama-dera)
13 Ishiyama-dera Nyoirin Kannon Otsu Shiga Ishiyama-dera
14 Mii-dera Nyoirin Kannon Otsu Shiga Mii-dera
15 Imakumano Kannon-ji Jūichimen Kannon Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Kyoto Imakumano Kannon-ji
16 Kiyomizu-dera Senju Kannon Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Kyoto Kiyomizu-dera
17 Rokuharamitsu-ji Jūichimen Kannon Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Kyoto Rokuharamitsu-ji
18 Chōhō-ji (Rokkaku-dō) Nyoirin Kannon Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto Kyoto Chōhō-ji (Rokkaku-dō)
19 Gyōgan-ji (Kōdō) Senju Kannon Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto Kyoto Gyōgan-ji (Kōdō)
20 Yoshimine-dera Senju Kannon Nishikyo-ku Kyoto Yoshimine-dera
21 Anao-ji Hijiri Kannon Kameoka Kyoto Anao-ji
22 Sōji-ji Senju Kannon Ibaraki Osaka Sōji-ji (Osaka)
23 Katsuō-ji Senju Kannon Minoh Osaka Katsuō-ji
24 Nakayama-dera Jūichimen Kannon Takarazuka Hyōgo Nakayama-dera
25 Kiyomizu-dera Senju Kannon Katō Hyōgo
Bansyu Kiyomizudera
26 Ichijō-ji Hijiri Kannon Kasai Hyōgo Ichijō-ji
27 Engyō-ji Nyoirin Kannon Himeji Hyōgo Engyō-ji
28 Nariai-ji Hijiri Kannon Miyazu Kyoto Nariai-ji
29 Matsunoo-dera Batō Kannon Maizuru Kyoto
No image available
30 Hōgon-ji Senju Kannon Nagahama Shiga Hōgon-ji
31 Chōmei-ji Senju Kannon
Jūichimen Kannon
Hijiri Kannon
Ōmihachiman Shiga Chōmei-ji
32 Kannonshō-ji Senju Kannon Ōmihachiman Shiga Kannonshō-ji
33 Kegon-ji Jūichimen Kannon Ibigawa Gifu Kegon-ji

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