Yakuoji

Yakuoji is No.23 Temple of Shikoku Pilgrimage and known as a temple for escaping misfortune.
This temple is located on the side of a mountain and has stone stairs named “Yaku-Zaka”. The number of the steps of the stone stairs is the same as the number of “Yaku-Doshi” which is the years in one’s life that are unlucky. That is 42 for man and 33 for woman.
People come to this temple with many coins and drop them on each step of the stone stairs, like how they dropped the bread in “Hansel and Gretel”.
https://en.japantravel.com/tokushima/yakuoji-temple-23-of-pilgrimage/23551

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