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Yūben Shinnen

Yūben Shinnen (宥 辡 真 念) is a historical figure who played a very important role in the development of the pilgrimage of the 88 temples to Shikoku in the 17th century. He wrote the first pilgrimage guide: the Shikoku henro michi shirube.
It is Yūben Shinnen who identifies the Ryōzen-ji temple as the number 1 of the pilgrimage.