Usually people will not walk in such a long (sometimes more than 2 Km long) tunnel. However, Shikoku Henro Pilgrims have to do so several times. For such cases, some tunnels in Shikoku provide an electric signboard to notify drivers that pilgrims are walking inside the tunnel.
I’ve been walking in the mountain for a couple of days, so it’s great to see such a beautiful seashore. And there’s a railway station, Tai-no-hama station, just in front of this seashore.
The left knees still sores, and the right side heel also starts to hurt because of blisters… It’s not easy to forget about it since all what I’m doing is just walking as pilgrim 🙂
When walking through “Kiki (木岐) town”, old lady walked towards me and gave me snacks as osettai. After that she talked about something called “Ika (Squid) Locket” and she said it is available in Tokyo…, however, I didn’t know what it is 😉 at that time. I now understood that it’s a kind of appetizer using squid.
As mentioned in the previous posts, the Henro route sometimes divided into several branches. This time it happens around the entrance of Minami-town (美波町) and I selected the one connected to the coastal road, even though it is bit long way around. However, it turned out it’s worth to do so when I see this beautiful coast line.
One more bonus to take the coast line Henro route is that I can visit Hiwase Chelonian Museum. There’s beautiful seashores in front of this museum, where sea turtles come to lay eggs. I didn’t know that the total weight of eggs which a turtle would lay is about 12 Kg!
After walking around 23 Km from this morning, I finally arrived at Yakuo-ji. Along the approach to the temple, there’re several shops, and there’re also many people around. This last temple in Tokushima-prefecture is bit different from the other temples that I visited already.
Yakuo-ji is famous sacred temple for avoidance of bad luck (Yaku yoke) and there’re many visitors while there’re a few pilgrims. I feel bit restless to execute the routine, as they look at me…
I noticed that some people puts a coin on each step of the slope. It is said you can reduce the bad luck by doing so. And there’s indeed a lot of coins.
|Dedicated to||Yakushi-Nyorai (薬師如来)|
|Founded by||Gyoki-Bosatsu (行基菩薩)|
|Denomination||Shingon-sect Koya-group (真言宗高野派)|
|Mantra||おん ころころ せんだり まとうぎ そわか|
On Korokoro Sendari Matougi Sowaka
|Next temple||No.24 Hotsumisaki-ji (75.4 Km away)|
I also visited Bekkaku No.4 Saba-Daishi Yasaka-ji
|Previous temple||No.22 Byodo-ji (22.4 Km away)|