Today I had a choice of whether to take the road or a mountain path and chose the latter.
In addition there were 2 routes, of which I chose the “Soemimizu henro path”.
The tea & biscuits I received as a ‘settai’ from an elderly lady in Nakatosa town, before the mountain path.
I was very grateful of the gift… but it did mean I had to carry a bag of rubbish with me for the next couple of hours ^^;;
The middle picture is after climbing to 300~400 meters high, looking back over Nakatosa Town.
Onto Route 56! (the road) After walking a little there was a henro rest hut, so I took a short break.
Shimanto Town (the part which used to be Kubotsukawa Town) – where the temple and my inn are.
Shimanto Town, 37th temple – Iwamotoji
My room in Guesthouse Awa
There wasn’t a shower in the bathroom, so I didn’t know quite what to do. I asked the landlady, still naked, through the door and apparently you take water from the tub to rinse with. That was a first for me since arriving in Japan.