JAPAN DAY 25
No temples visited walking between 37-38 23km
Total kms walked in Japan 543
Accumulative total kms walked 2253
The weather has changed dramatically with the temperature dropping and intermittent rain. Todays walk was very repetitive with us following the coast line down the cape, all road walking on route 321 and with the overcast weather there wasn’t much to see. So it was heads down and walk.
Tonight we are staying at a Henro house, I think it used to be a old Motel, David and I have a private room so it’s nice to have a bit of privacy.
I have to give a big shout out to the convenience store here in Japan Lawson Station, Family Mart and 7/11 basically we have eaten 3 meals a day from them since starting the pilgrimage. They are amazing, to say we have eaten well is an understatement They have a variety of salad/meals hot meals dessert and a pastry section. Now Im not saying they are the best nutritionally but they are keeping us full and energised and within the budget.
I found out today approximately 160, 000 people undertake the pilgrimage every year but walkers only account for about 1%. The pilgrimage doesn’t distinguish the achievement between car, bike or bus. It does not adhere to a strict order, just that you visit all 88 temples and pray at all 88. The most popular mode of completion seems to be by organised bus tours. A completed stamp book is very valuable.
HIGHLIGHT: Dinner was delicious, traditional Japanese in the restaurant of the old motel, a special mention was the cumquats fresh and sweet.
LOWLIGHT: The weather we walked along some great coastline today but couldn’t really see it due to the rain.
Grateful for Vlad, instilling in me a love of walking when we used to walk in Mount Buffalo in Victoria. You taught me to slow down and experience beauty.. Grateful for Elvira and her gorgeous insight into this pilgrimage. Grateful for being able to physically walk this trail and all the other trails I intend to walk.