Kiyotakiji Temple

Kiyotakiji Temple, Tosa

Kiyotakiji Temple
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Michael S
By Michael S
Unless you're a Buddhist pilgrim, not worth visiting
Jun 2017
Kiyotaki-ji is temple #26 on the Bandō 33 Kannon pilgrimage circuit, and as far as I can tell, the only reason worth visiting it--but just barely. The main hall is closed even during business hours, and a peek inside through the viewing port in the door is all one needs to know that entering the hondō would not be very interesting, except to view the ancient Shō Kannon statue inside. The temple may have been founded 1300 years or so ago, but the reconstructed hondō (main hall) is an uninspired, ugly mix of steel and wood, and the inside of the hondō is equally as ugly (reminded me of a converted horse stable). In addition, the temple is not well maintained, nor are the grounds, the signage, or the deteriorating daimon (main gate), which clearly once was beautiful. If this temple was not famous for its place on the ancient Bandō 33 Kannon pilgrimage route, I doubt it would attract any visitors at all, or even remain open. I have visited 25 of the first 26 temples on the pilgrimage route (Ōmidō the exception because it's closed for renovation), and Kiyotaki-ji stands out as unimpressive, unenlightening, uninspiring, ugly, uncharming, unkept, run down, dusty, dirty, and a let-down. The least the temple keepers could have done would be to allow visitors in to view and pay homage to the Shō Kannon inside, but even that is off-limits. The one redeeming feature of this temple is the monk and his friend (son?) who work at the small office to the side. Meeting and talking to them was a pleasure--as is the case with so many of the Japanese monks, nuns, and lay people that staff the temples on the Bandō 33 Kannon route. Visiting the temples is worth it if for no other reason than to meet them all.

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Michael S
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan9 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
Kiyotaki-ji is temple #26 on the Bandō 33 Kannon pilgrimage circuit, and as far as I can tell, the only reason worth visiting it--but just barely. The main hall is closed even during business hours, and a peek inside through the viewing port in the door is all one needs to know that entering the hondō would not be very interesting, except to view the ancient Shō Kannon statue inside. The temple may have been founded 1300 years or so ago, but the reconstructed hondō (main hall) is an uninspired, ugly mix of steel and wood, and the inside of the hondō is equally as ugly (reminded me of a converted horse stable). In addition, the temple is not well maintained, nor are the grounds, the signage, or the deteriorating daimon (main gate), which clearly once was beautiful. If this temple was not famous for its place on the ancient Bandō 33 Kannon pilgrimage route, I doubt it would attract any visitors at all, or even remain open. I have visited 25 of the first 26 temples on the pilgrimage route (Ōmidō the exception because it's closed for renovation), and Kiyotaki-ji stands out as unimpressive, unenlightening, uninspiring, ugly, uncharming, unkept, run down, dusty, dirty, and a let-down. The least the temple keepers could have done would be to allow visitors in to view and pay homage to the Shō Kannon inside, but even that is off-limits. The one redeeming feature of this temple is the monk and his friend (son?) who work at the small office to the side. Meeting and talking to them was a pleasure--as is the case with so many of the Japanese monks, nuns, and lay people that staff the temples on the Bandō 33 Kannon route. Visiting the temples is worth it if for no other reason than to meet them all.
Written 14 June 2017
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