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.

Temples

No. Temple Honzon (main image) City/Ward/Town Prefecture Image Coordinates
1 Seiganto-ji Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Nachikatsuura Wakayama Seiganto-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
2 Ki-mii-dera Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Wakayama Wakayama Ki-mii-dera Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
3 Kokawa-dera Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Kinokawa Wakayama Kokawa-dera Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
4 Sefuku-ji Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Izumi Osaka Sefuku-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
5 Fujii-dera Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Fujiidera Osaka Fujii-dera Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
6 Minamihokke-ji (Tsubosaka-dera) Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Takatori Nara Minamihokke-ji (Tsubosaka-dera) Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
7 Oka-dera Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Asuka Nara Oka-dera Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Bangai Hōki-in Sakurai Nara Hōki-in Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
8 Hase-dera Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Sakurai Nara Hase-dera Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
9 Nan'endō (Kofuku-ji) Fukūkenjaku Kannon
(Amoghapāśa)
Nara Nara Nan'endō Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
10 Mimuroto-ji Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Uji Kyoto Mimuroto-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
11 Kami Daigo-ji Juntei Kannon (Cundi) Fushimi-ku, Kyoto Kyoto Kami Daigo-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
12 Shōhō-ji (Iwama-dera) Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Otsu Shiga Shōhō-ji (Iwama-dera) Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
13 Ishiyama-dera Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Otsu Shiga Ishiyama-dera Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
14 Mii-dera Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Otsu Shiga Mii-dera Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Bangai Gankei-ji Kyoto Kyoto Gankei-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
15 Imakumano Kannon-ji Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Kyoto Imakumano Kannon-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
16 Kiyomizu-dera Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Kyoto Kiyomizu-dera Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
17 Rokuharamitsu-ji Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Kyoto Rokuharamitsu-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
18 Chōhō-ji (Rokkaku-dō) Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto Kyoto Chōhō-ji (Rokkaku-dō) Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
19 Gyōgan-ji (Kōdō) Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto Kyoto Gyōgan-ji (Kōdō) Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
20 Yoshimine-dera Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Nishikyo-ku Kyoto Yoshimine-dera Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
21 Anao-ji Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Kameoka Kyoto Anao-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
22 Sōji-ji Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Ibaraki Osaka Sōji-ji (Osaka) Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
23 Katsuō-ji Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Minoh Osaka Katsuō-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
24 Nakayama-dera Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Takarazuka Hyōgo Nakayama-dera Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Bangai Bodai-ji Sanda Hyōgo Bodai-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
25 Kiyomizu-dera Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Katō Hyōgo Bansyu Kiyomizudera Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
26 Ichijō-ji Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Kasai Hyōgo Ichijō-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
27 Engyō-ji Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Himeji Hyōgo Engyō-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
28 Nariai-ji Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Miyazu Kyoto Nariai-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
29 Matsunoo-dera Batō Kannon (Hayagrīva) Maizuru Kyoto Matsunoo-dera Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
30 Hōgon-ji Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Nagahama Shiga Hōgon-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
31 Chōmei-ji Senju Kannon
Jūichimen Kannon
Shō Kannon
Ōmihachiman Shiga Chōmei-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
32 Kannonshō-ji Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Ōmihachiman Shiga Kannonshō-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
33 Kegon-ji Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Ibigawa Gifu Kegon-ji Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.

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