Unpenji - Temple 66 on the Shikoku Pilgrimage- Although Unpenji is much closer to the population centers of Ehime and Kagawa prefectures, but it is officially a part of Tokushima prefecture. Unpenji temple is a Sekisho temple, a sort of spiritual checkpoint to ensure sincerity, and also a difficult one to reach. What is the most impressive at Unpenji temple is the expressive and lifelike 500 Arhats - saints who gathered for the Buddhist Councils when the Buddha reached Nirvana. The expression of each 500 Arhati is different from each other. Some look thoughtful, some fierce, and a few with smiles. At 911 meters above the sea level, Unpenji is at the border between Tokushima and Kagawa Prefectures. Standing on the mountain, visitors can enjoy the panoramic view of the Sanuki plain, the Inland Sea and the mountains of Tokushima.
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