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Tokushima | Konjiji Waterfall Meditation

Enrich the senses and spirit with a waterfall meditation at Konjiji

Every year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world attempt the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage either in part or in whole. However, the region boasts more sacred sites than just those temples. There is a list of 36 sacred sites in Shikoku dedicated to Fudo Myo-o, a Buddhist deity. Site number 12 on this list is at Konjiji, a small mountain temple of the Shingon sect that offers spectacular views and a rare opportunity to experience waterfall meditation. Known as taki-gyo, this type of meditation has for centuries been an important Buddhist practice as a way to purify the mind and the body. These days, anyone who is interested in attempting this rigorous training is welcome. At Konjiji, adventurous souls meditate under Konji Waterfall, which flows down a 40-meter-high rock face. The cool air here feels different—almost otherworldly—and feels isolated from the world outside. Many years ago, the trail here was the only route to Konjiji and pilgrims would purify themselves under the waterfall before scaling the mountain to reach the temple.

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https://www.east-tokushima.jp/en/explore/detail.php?id=82
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Shikoku Region | JNTO Official Website

Tokushima Prefecture | JNTO Official Website

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