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May 1, 2015 - Rice paddies and turtles

Today began with quite a long train trip through farming area, plenty of rice paddies along the way until we hit the coast south of Tokushima to spend the day at Hiwasa. Very little in the little seaside town but it is on the Shikoku pilgrim route. There was however quite an interesting turtle museum and great excitement in the little town because the first turtle had arrived at the beach at 3.00am in the morning to lay her eggs. The local newspaper reporter arrived to take photos of the sand trail left by the turtle as she plodded up the...

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Wanderlust 2015

Apr 30, 2015 - Henros (pilgrims) and temples

Today we hiked a section of the famous Shikoku pilgrimage. The route contains 88 temples and in total is 1,400 kilometres in length. (We covered about 13 km's today and 5 temples.) The Japanese pilgrims all dress up in special white pilgrim clothes plus conical straw hat and carry a special walking stick with a bell. The hike today mostly meandered through little towns and amongst farms and rice paddies, however compared to the area I have been hiking in and Cameron cycling in, mountains, forests, tiny villages etc, today was a little tame...

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Dec 17, 2005 - Circuit on Shikoku complete

Bob has completed the circiuit and visited both Bangai Temple 1 and Temple 1 - just got the last stamp at Temple 1 when I called. Says he is very tired. Two days of over 30km and almost 30km yesterday. Now heading down to Tokushima, but is not sure that he will get there this evening. He had great *fun* coming down from Bangai 20. The cars had compacted the snow to ice... apparently required a very interesting and tiring motion not to fall down.

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Henro on the trail

Oct 21, 2005 - Mt Koya to Temple 5

Just spoke to Bob as he prepared to set out... just after 6.30am our time... about lunch time there. He bought the henro periphery at Mt Koya - white hat, white jacket and staff with tinkly bells (called a kongo-tsue ) (that should drive anyone crazy after a while) which has added on more weight he saved by dumping his bokuto and deodorant! He found the Daimon Gate - the triple torii gate that was the traditional entrance used for pilgrimages in the past (as opposed to the bus and car route used now), and spent a few minutes sitting on a...

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Henro on the trail

Sep 21, 2004 - Tokushima

We traveled on a first class highway in this part of Shikoku - a toll road, very will cared for. Our first night was in Tokushima at the Kampono Yado Tokushima - a first class hotel on the top of the mountain above Tokushima. This was a Ryokan, and every room had a spectacular view of the valley below. We all had a traditional Japanese bath. Darlene and I learned that you can go to dinner in your Yukata (Robe) in the restaurant, most people were wearing theirs, with their slippers.

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Sep 20, 2004 - Naruto

We had arranged to take the train and a bus to Shikoku, and we rented a car in the town of Naruto. Our travels were by car in Shikoku -- one day we were reported to have traveled a long way - 160 km. The roads are good, but the signs are sometimes a challenge. On the toll roads and the main roads, the traffic is light, and driving is easy. The one roadside stop we made was better than anyplace we had ever seen in the past, and there was a hotspring adjacent.We have not seen the likes of service at a gas station since the 1950's. As we got...

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