Ishite-ji is temple number 51 of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail and is considered to be one of the most spectacular of all the 88 temples along the trail. The sprawling Ishite-ji temple compound is composed of several halls, a three-storied pagoda and an unique inner temple connected to the main grounds via a cave. The dimly lit cave is remarkable in and of itself though dark and spooky. Ishiteji is known for its Niomon Gate, a designated national treasure. All of these structures exhibit typical architectural style of the Kamakura Era. Ishiteji is temple number 51 of the Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage Trail which is traditionally completed on foot taking up some 40 days to complete as the full course is approximately 1200 km.