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Bekkaku

A Bekkaku (別格) temple is a temple that is not part of the principal road of the 88 shikoku pilgrimage temples but has a relative importance with the monk Kukai, the founder of the pilgrimage.
Bekkaku means “special” in Japanese and there is 20 bekkaku temples along the pilgrimage. They are often called Bangai temple in place of Bekkaku temple.
The term Bangai temple would rather designate the other important temples but actually out of an official count