Horsumisakiji Temple - The twenty-fourth temple on pilgrimage is Hotsumisakiji, located overlooking Cape Muroto at the very southern tip of the Muroto Peninsula. The name itself means "Cape Temple”. Though it is quite a slog to reach, the temple is a particularly popular one, due to it being one of the few sites that has reliable, historical records that Kobo Daishi actually visited the place, but mostly due to the legend that it was here that he attained enlightenment - he came here at age 19 after spending time attempting to reach enlightenment at Mount Tairyu. He entered a cave down on the seashore below the temple and vowed to remain there until he reached enlightenment. The cave, called Mikurodo, is still there, near where the footpath begins up to the temple.
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