One of the tougher days. Up 1500 meters(4900 feet) and down 1500 meters while walking 36 kilometers (22 miles).
Only made it to one Temple today, #12, Shosanji but a special place being at the top of a mountain.
And the first of many mountain temples on the journey.
There we enjoyed an osettai gift of rice balls, with seaweed and plum.
After such a long ascent the downhill was brutal on the knees. We passed through a village with cute figurines all around. I like them.
I was a bit wobbly arriving at our Minshuku but was quickly revived after a long hot soak.
A nice gift of green tea was given to us by the owner of the inn(Ryokan) with a beautiful hand written note and a very kind message about our stay.
Jixo Bosatsu, god of nature and infants, who is everywhere on the trail through the mountain today.