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... to the west and south. There are a two large temples here, the newer one being a shinto temple, and the older one being an ancient buddhist temple. All of the views were spectacular, but our favorite was looking toward the waterfall, over the top of the cherry trees in full bloom, with the five story pagoda on the left of the waterfall.
We spent two hours just soaking in the ambience of the beautiful place, and then headed down the hill and along the coast ...
... as they hiked along the trail, but very few are operating today, due to the low numbers of hikers. It would have been very fun to have been able to enjoy stopping for tea along the way, as we did in Nepal, but perhaps that be possible again in a few years as the trail becomes more popular.
After 6 miles we came to the small town of Chikatsuya, where we ate lunch at a tiny organic café called Cabelo. We had a nice set menu lunch of humus, salad and ...
... wisdom and leave all else behind.
After the morning service, we enjoyed a wonderful vegetarian breakfast in the beautiful, traditionally decorated dining room (full of the wonderful folding screens that we love so much), then a little more time in our lovely room to relax before heading off on the first day of our Kumano Kodo spiritual pilgrimage hike.
The Kumano Kodo trail is nearly 1,200 years old, and was very popular with the nobility ...
... was and is an integral part of the pilgrimage process, with many stops for rest, worship and purification along the way.
Plan B involved a bus ride up to the major temple on the route, Kumano Hongu Taisha. All of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes lead to this sacred site. The buses were quite behind schedule but still running, so instead of hiking over the mountain we took the 20 minute bus ride around the hill. This temple is ...
... piled onto our train and stood in the aisles. One of the mother’s kids kept looking at us and saying, "shimata!" in the cutest voice I have ever heard. When you look up the direct translation in a dictionary, the definition of shimata is, damn, but to Japanese people, it is more like saying darn in English. It’s a common word I hear on a daily basis in the office. My friend and I really wanted to offer the little boy a seat on our laps, but we didn’t want to weird ...
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