Day 4 of my Kyushu pilgrimage was overcast and threatening to rain. From Iizuka I headed north up the wide valley towards Nogata.
The first temple of the day was Saikyo-in, just south of Nogata, and quite a small establishment.
According to the legend, Kobo daishi stopped here on his way back from China, and in a similar story repeated hundreds of times across the country he struck the ground with his staff and caused a spring to be established.
It is believed the temple was established in 950 and the honzon is an 11-faced Kannon, though it was all locked up when I was there.