Returning us to the Pilgrimage, Tomo stopped at Udon factory restaurant for delicious noodles where we were able to participate in the preparation. Great fun.
Afterwards he dropped us off at Temple 75 and wished us well on our remaining journey. We then walked to 76, Konzoji, about 3k and enjoyed 1100 year old Camphor Tree just past gate.
Continuing on a kind older couple stopped us to give us little Jizo Bosatsu statues. How appropriate as Jizo is revered along this pilgrimage as the god of deceased children and many others.
On to Temple 77 with statue at gate with elevated big toe like mine. Funny this is at the temple with my favorite number as well.
Then a postman came driving up to the temple as we were leaving from getting our Nokyocho stamp.
Walking to 78 we stopped at Mo’s Burgers for 2 delicious burgers. Nice change of pace.
Then walked to Temple 78 and on to our accommodation.
Got stopped by ladies who gave us tea and a little snack cake and little kobo daishi doll for pack.
Ryokan Miki is old but we have nice room and are only guests tonight. Delicious dinner with chicken and ham and rockfish. 21k ¥5500
15 May Day 33:
We started our day walking to Temple 79 with it dawning on me that we are down to the last 10 Temples. While I am glad to be coming to the end, I am also sad. The way it is with most pilgrimages and anything worth doing in life I suppose.
This pilgrimage has been particularly special taking us into rural Japan walking in the path of Kukai, connecting with his spirit and the beauty of Osettai.
After 79, we had a tough uphill to Temple 8. Continuing on sauntering through the hills on a very pleasant 6k to Temple 82 which had interesting extra temples for Chinese birth and sign years.
Then a tough descent and walk to 80.
Our afternoon walk through the city to Temple 83 was steamy hot. But seeing a Shinto shrine adjacent to the temple of course lightened my spirit.
We then made the short walk to Onsen Kirara with an outside bath which I shared with the Swiss father and son from a few nights back. And nice burger and chicken dinner at Joyfull. Nice room with foldout bed. 35k ¥4800 for room. ¥3200 for dinner for 2.