This 22-kilometer course took me through the Midori-no Bunkoen Park, in the hills overlooking Shijonawate, then on through to the eastern base of Ikomayama, to Hozan-ji. From where I ascended the mountain, then dropped-down the other side and skirted-around the western side, before emerging at Ishikiri (mapped course).
This quaint collection of Jizo I passed a few-hundred meters into my hike as I approached the Torii, that was the entrance to Shijonawate-jinja.
A waterfall, along with the sounds of Nature. What better combination. To add to the delight - a small Jizo and vases of flowers at the base.
I nearly missed this set, concealed within the rocks.
And this collection was nearby. This is an interesting complex, to say the least.
Hozan-ji, a "must see" if you are in the area. And don't be in a hurry. There are many buildings to see and just as many Buddhist Icons to check-out. The above three images are just a selection of what is on display.
Jikou-ji, an ideal location to break for a bite-to-eat. This complex is so isolated and serene, and quaint, with the forest canopy all over, one just can't help but love this site.
Kouhou-ji, with it's 1,300-year old history, is the last of the complexes on this outing. But not the last of the icons. On the day I visited this complex is was snowing. All adding to the atmosphere of the site.
The final two-kilometers of my day was via the Zushidani Path, which was created during the time Kouhou-ji was established. The path itself is part of a pilgrimage that eventually scaled the summit of Ikomayama and descended into Hozan-ji. This stretch of path is littered with Icons, of one sort or another, and, as you will see in this video, there is some quite specactular scenery along the way.
One of the many things I like about the great outdoors, are the little surprises I stumble-across. In this case, religious icons.