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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 Westerners as the Bodhisattva of Compassion (or sometimes mistranslated as 'Goddess of Mercy') ; however, there is some variation among the images and the powers they possess.

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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.[clarification needed]

TemplesEdit

No. Temple Honzon (main image) City/Ward/Town Prefecture Image Coordinates
1 Seiganto-ji Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Nachikatsuura Wakayama   33°40′9.15″N 135°53′23.31″E / 33.6692083°N 135.8898083°E / 33.6692083; 135.8898083 (Seiganto-ji)
2 Ki-mii-dera Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Wakayama Wakayama   34°11′07″N 135°11′24″E / 34.185167°N 135.190025°E / 34.185167; 135.190025 (Ki-mii-dera)
3 Kokawa-dera Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Kinokawa Wakayama   34°16′51″N 135°24′21″E / 34.280961°N 135.405908°E / 34.280961; 135.405908 (Kokawa-dera)
4 Sefuku-ji Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Izumi Osaka   34°23′34″N 135°30′42″E / 34.392908°N 135.511578°E / 34.392908; 135.511578 (Sefuku-ji)
5 Fujii-dera Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Fujiidera Osaka   34°34′13″N 135°35′48″E / 34.570186°N 135.596556°E / 34.570186; 135.596556 (Fujii-dera)
6 Minamihokke-ji (Tsubosaka-dera) Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Takatori Nara   34°25′35″N 135°48′35″E / 34.426417°N 135.809861°E / 34.426417; 135.809861 (Minamihokke-ji)
7 Oka-dera Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Asuka Nara   34°28′18″N 135°49′42″E / 34.471789°N 135.828372°E / 34.471789; 135.828372 (Oka-dera)
Bangai Hōki-in Sakurai Nara   34°31′58″N 135°54′35″E / 34.532819°N 135.909858°E / 34.532819; 135.909858 (Hōki-in)
8 Hase-dera Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Sakurai Nara   34°32′09″N 135°54′25″E / 34.535894°N 135.906825°E / 34.535894; 135.906825 (Hase-dera)
9 Nan'endō (Kofuku-ji) Fukūkenjaku Kannon
(Amoghapāśa)
Nara Nara   34°40′57″N 135°49′49″E / 34.6825°N 135.830278°E / 34.6825; 135.830278 (Nan'endō (Kōfuku-ji))
10 Mimuroto-ji Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Uji Kyoto   34°54′02″N 135°49′09″E / 34.900478°N 135.819194°E / 34.900478; 135.819194 (Mimuroto-ji)
11 Kami Daigo-ji Juntei Kannon (Cundi) Fushimi-ku, Kyoto Kyoto   34°57′04″N 135°49′11″E / 34.950992°N 135.819586°E / 34.950992; 135.819586 (Daigo-ji)
12 Shōhō-ji (Iwama-dera) Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Otsu Shiga   34°55′59″N 135°52′42″E / 34.933°N 135.878389°E / 34.933; 135.878389 (Shōhō-ji)
13 Ishiyama-dera Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Otsu Shiga   34°57′38″N 135°54′20″E / 34.960419°N 135.905625°E / 34.960419; 135.905625 (Ishiyama-dera)
14 Mii-dera Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Otsu Shiga   35°00′48″N 135°51′10″E / 35.013358°N 135.85285°E / 35.013358; 135.85285 (Mii-dera)
Bangai Gankei-ji Kyoto Kyoto   34°59′19″N 135°48′04″E / 34.988639°N 135.801167°E / 34.988639; 135.801167 (Gankei-ji)
15 Imakumano Kannon-ji Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Kyoto   34°58′47″N 135°46′51″E / 34.979706°N 135.780842°E / 34.979706; 135.780842 (Kannon-ji)
16 Kiyomizu-dera Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Kyoto   34°59′41″N 135°47′06″E / 34.994831°N 135.785003°E / 34.994831; 135.785003 (Kiyomizu-dera)
17 Rokuharamitsu-ji Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Kyoto   34°59′50″N 135°46′24″E / 34.997103°N 135.773308°E / 34.997103; 135.773308 (Rokuharamitsu-ji)
18 Chōhō-ji (Rokkaku-dō) Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto Kyoto   35°00′26″N 135°45′37″E / 35.007222°N 135.760278°E / 35.007222; 135.760278 (Chōhō-ji)
19 Gyōgan-ji (Kōdō) Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto Kyoto   35°00′59″N 135°46′04″E / 35.0163°N 135.767761°E / 35.0163; 135.767761 (Gyōgan-ji)
20 Yoshimine-dera Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Nishikyo-ku Kyoto   34°56′17″N 135°38′39″E / 34.938167°N 135.644194°E / 34.938167; 135.644194 (Yoshimine-dera)
21 Anao-ji Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Kameoka Kyoto   35°00′24″N 135°32′57″E / 35.006675°N 135.549192°E / 35.006675; 135.549192 (Anao-ji)
22 Sōji-ji Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Ibaraki Osaka   34°49′45″N 135°34′54″E / 34.829103°N 135.581569°E / 34.829103; 135.581569 (Sōji-ji)
23 Katsuō-ji Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Minoh Osaka   34°51′57″N 135°29′28″E / 34.865833°N 135.491111°E / 34.865833; 135.491111 (Katsuō-ji)
24 Nakayama-dera Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Takarazuka Hyōgo   34°49′18″N 135°22′04″E / 34.821667°N 135.367667°E / 34.821667; 135.367667 (Nakayama-dera)
Bangai Bodai-ji Sanda Hyōgo   34°56′25″N 135°14′26″E / 34.940389°N 135.2405°E / 34.940389; 135.2405 (Bodai-ji)
25 Kiyomizu-dera Senju Kannon (Sahasra-bhuja) Katō Hyōgo   34°58′21″N 135°04′55″E / 34.972494°N 135.081822°E / 34.972494; 135.081822 (Kiyomizu-dera (Hyogo))
26 Ichijō-ji Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Kasai Hyōgo   34°51′34″N 134°49′08″E / 34.859308°N 134.819025°E / 34.859308; 134.819025 (Ichijō-ji)
27 Engyō-ji Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Himeji Hyōgo   34°53′28″N 134°39′29″E / 34.891139°N 134.658139°E / 34.891139; 134.658139 (Engyō-ji)
28 Nariai-ji Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Miyazu Kyoto   35°35′44″N 135°11′15″E / 35.595439°N 135.187372°E / 35.595439; 135.187372 (Nariai-ji)
29 Matsunoo-dera Batō Kannon (Hayagrīva) Maizuru Kyoto   35°29′51″N 135°28′10″E / 35.497428°N 135.469375°E / 35.497428; 135.469375 (Matsunoo-dera)
30 Hōgon-ji Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Nagahama Shiga   35°25′16″N 136°08′36″E / 35.421122°N 136.143225°E / 35.421122; 136.143225 (Hōgon-ji)
31 Chōmei-ji Senju Kannon
Jūichimen Kannon
Shō Kannon
Ōmihachiman Shiga   35°09′46″N 136°03′50″E / 35.162683°N 136.064003°E / 35.162683; 136.064003 (Chōmei-ji)
32 Kannonshō-ji Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja Sahasra-netra)
Ōmihachiman Shiga   35°08′41″N 136°09′40″E / 35.144667°N 136.161028°E / 35.144667; 136.161028 (Kannonshō-ji)
33 Kegon-ji Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Ibigawa Gifu   35°32′15″N 136°36′28″E / 35.537372°N 136.607897°E / 35.537372; 136.607897 (Kegon-ji)

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