Tanigumisan Kegonji, the Saigoku 33 Kannnon Pilgrimage
Kegonji temple was founded in 798 and is known as both the final site of the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage and a wish-granting temple. The pilgrimage was designated as a Japanese Heritage site in 2019. Some pilgrims dedicate their clothes or accessories to Oizuru hall to show their appreciation. Koyasudo is another popular hall where couples visit to offer bibs along with their prayers written for healthy pregnancies and children. Many visitors touch two bronze carps put on the pillars before the main hall, symbolizing “a return to a regular life” after a long journey of pilgrimage or “rebirth” because carps are said to become dragons. Another fun experience is Kaidanmeguri, finding a lucky charm hung on the wall of the dark basement. You can enjoy cherry blossoms, fresh green leaves, fall leaves, and even snow, on a beautiful 800m-approach filled with nostalgic Japanese restaurants and ryokans leading up to the temple. Some of the seasonal events include: traditional local dance performance called Tanigumiodori, the potted plum trees exhibition called bonbai festival, and a mamemaki or bean scattering on Setsubun day.