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Ankoku Temple
Ankoku temple
Notable inhabitants Rao (Formerly)
New priest (Ōkamiden)
Enemies Bell Guardian
Items Incense Burner
Appearances Ōkami
Connecting locations

Ryoshima Coast
Himiko's palace (via tunnel)

Ankoku Temple (「餡刻寺」?; Ankoku-ji) is a minor landmark in Ōkami and Ōkamiden. It is found up a hill in Ryoshima Coast near the entrance to City Checkpoint. It once served as the living quarters of Rao, before she was killed by Ninetails, who then moved to Sei'an City after transforming itself in order to impersonate her.


Ankoku Temple is a Buddhist temple which lies on top of a small hill at Ryoshima Coast, near the series of hills and small mountains where the Guardian Sapling of the location is. Surrounding the temple is a wall, lining the hill's top. In front of the temple, down at the base of the hill is a cemetery with graves of travelers who hadn't got to Sei'an City[Citation needed]. To the left of the cemetery is the temple bell with a sign that says not to ring it[Citation needed]. From the base of the hill, a steep staircase leads up to the temple, with roofs above parts of the staircase. The interior of the temple holds a treasure chest with an Incense Burner and outside there is a cat to feed. Behind the temple, on the cliff is a secret cave, hidden by a vanishing rock wall. Inside the cave is a well, which holds a a tunnel that leads to a side room of Queen Himiko's palace. The tunnel is also where the body of the real Rao is dumped by Ninetails after it had murdered the priestess.


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  • "Ankoku" (餡刻) can be written by two other kanji with the same pronunciation (being homophones),「暗黒」, which means "darkness".
    • More importantly, the kanji「暗」(「あん」?; an; darkness[1]) has the same on'yomi pronunciation as that of 「安」 (「あん」?; an; peaceful, tranquil[2]), which is a common way to name Buddhist temples. Therefore, Ankoku Temple's original name, specifically the kanji 「餡」, would refer to both "tranquil" and "darkness".
  • The statues inside Ankoku Temple appears to be Bodhisattvas, a kind of archetypal beings seen in the Japanese Buddhist pantheon.