## Go through the tiger's mouth at a temple dedicated to these beasts and test your faith in total darkness
Chogosonshiji is a temple full of tigers. These are not the scary, man-eating type, however, but spirit animals that offer blessings to visitors. There is also a scroll that may be considered one of the world's first manga.
The temple is most easily accessed from Oji Station on the Kintetsu Line.
From the north exit, you can take a highway bus bound for Takayasuyama. The temple is a five-minute walk from the Shigi-ohashi bus stop. It is also possible to ride a cable car up the mountain from Kintetsu Shigi-sanguchi Station.
Chogosonshiji was originally dedicated to the tiger from the Chinese zodiac. As a result, the temple is full of these magnificent beasts.
Thankfully, the tiger at Chogosonshiji is made of paper and is friendly. Walking through the open jaws of the great beast will bless you with happiness.
Fans of Japanese manga may be surprised to see the Shigisan-engi picture scroll, which looks surprisingly contemporary despite being made in ancient times, in this temple.
This picture scroll is cited as one of the earliest examples of dynamic movement depicted in traditional art. These techniques were among the countless techniques that became part of modern manga.
Chogosonshiji also offers visitors a chance to test their faith. In the main hall of the temple is a hall known as Kaidan Meguri. Feeling your way through this pitch-black corridor is designed to help you reflect on your life and purge yourself of sin.