JAPAN DAY 9
Temples 20 & 21 22km .
Total km’s walked in Japan 133
Accumulative total kms walked 1640
Today was a hard day at the office over 2 mountains. Last night we stayed at a Henro Hut (see below) so an early start, but not before I had a hot coffee out of a can, out of vending machine...only in Japan. The scenery today was so beautify and elegant forest of towering bamboo, however, I found it hard to appreciate when your struggling up the side of the mountain not once but twice. To make matters worse we had run out of snacks for the afternoon. So we trudged into the town were we had booked a Henro House (see below) and was just about to start looking for our accomodation and was delighted to turn around to see where David was and there was the Henro House...made my day.
HIGHLIGHT: The lovely Henro House and host
LOWLIGHT: Have to say my dam feet, they are giving me curry, arches are killing me
Todays gratitudes are for all the women in my life , as I thought it was mothers day at every temple I prayed for each of them . I am grateful for my mother. I’m so glad we had some time together before I left, our relationship has certainly gone through a lot. I am grateful for the time I spent with my Grandmother before she died, she was a special lady. I am grateful I have a solid relationship with my daughter one that is both supportive and loving. I am grateful to my 2 closest friend Donna & Vicki both strong independent incredible women who I love and adore. And last but not least I am grateful for me and who I am, I am far from perfect but for the first time in my life I am happy with who I am.
ACCOMODATION ON TRAIL
On trail there are a variety of different accomodation you can utilise.
HENRO HUTS: These are free shelters along the way for the use of the pilgrims, they range from simple 3 sided tin sheds, to fulling enclosed cabins that are free for overnight stays. Most have a tap and a public toilet.
HENRO HOUSE: This is backpacker type accomodation just for pilgrims. You usually have a room to yourself, traditional Japanese bedding, a shower no meals ranging in price from $25-$50 per person
Minshuku: Like staying in someone’s house varies a lot, usually include meals again price varies depending on quality.
SHUKUBO: Temple accomodation, can be quiet expensive up to $100per person, usually includes meals. But allows you to participate in early morning service.
ZENKONYADO: A room in someone house who wishes to offer accomodation as a “osettai” so it’s free
TSUYADO: Free accomodation at a temple, can be anything from a bell tower to a garden shed and its free. We utilised the bell tower at temple 6.