1. Preface

@I went on a pilgrimage in order to visit the 88 Buddha temples from last October to December. Then I made a record as My Diary of Pilgrimage in Shikoku Island and finished to load it in my Home Page at beginning of this March.
@After that I have begun to work as a volunteering in my neighborhood. For instance I have given assistance to an old people's club and a club of the game of "GO", the traditional game using white stones and black ones and joined to 'Architectural Agreement Committee' and 'Neighbor Round Table Meeting'. But I had felt that something was missing because I couldn't be excited over in like manner as expectations for the previous pilgrimage before my retirement in last September.
@I was lost in thought that I wanted to go on a pilgrimage in Shikoku Island again or one of 33 Buddhism temples in KINKI District newly in last April. I dropped in a bookshop and happened to find a book,
, "Easy & Understandable Pilgrimage about 33 Temples in 'SAIGOKU', KINKI District"(written by Takako Sato). And I bought the bookand read it. Then immediatelyI sent away for, "The Route Map for the Pilgrimmage of 33 Temples in 'SAIGOKU'"(written by Shinku Matsuo) introduced in Sato's Book. After receiving it I looked hard at the Route Map and then was eager to walk on the route very much.
@I made "Pilgrimage Trip for 33 Buddhism temples in "SAIGOKU", Kinki District: The First Schedule for an itinerary according to Matso's Book. I knew that the total walking distance was about 1,100Km and it took 37 days to 40 ones. And also I understood that inns or hotels were fewer on the route and distances among temples were far longer than ones in the Shikoku Pilgrimage. In this connection the distance is 190Km between No. 1 temple and No.2, 120Km No.27 and No.28, 80Km No.32 and No.33, 73Km No.29. and No.30 and 61Km No.28 and No.29.
@I thought that I couldn't go alone like Shikoku and needed a partner. So I sounded first Mr. KTKB who walked with me almost on all Shikoku route last year.Unfortunately he had a patient in his family at the time. Soon after asked one of my friends, Mr. SSK being an alumnus in our university to make a pilgrimage by telephone. For I knew that he lost his wife last year and wanted to go on the Pilgrimage of 33 Temples in 'SAIGOKU' by bus in order to perform religious services for the departed souls of his wife. His answer was
"I want to go with you. Let's go and go on foot.". Though he likes his drink much, he is furthest away from hiking and climbing mountains. So I was surprised at his answer very much. Despite the fact that I had asked to go the pilgrimage, I had been anxious whether he could complete to walk through all the route. Regardless of my anxiety, he began to got a pair of trekking boots, a rucksack, a rainwear and so on. He was serious.
@Then we started to walk more than 5Km of distance everyday and to go hiking in order to train our feet from middle of May. We walked total about 350Km of distance including 9 times' hikingson the Rokko and Tanjo Mountains by carrying 10Kg of loads on our backstill end of June. As a result of the training he has acquired enough powers to walk on seep mountain paths and for long time walks. He is not so good at ascent paths but he has rather superior abilities in downward slopes or flat roads to me.
@I thought that it was difficult for us to walk through all the route once. Then I divided this pilgrimage trip into four times. We started it on 2nd July and finished on 12th July at the first quarter(about 280Km). We will complete it by the end of year.

@(Note)@About The Pilgrimage of 33 Temples in 'SAIGOKU' :

@@@@@@@The Pilgrimage of 33 Temples 'SAIGOKU' means that we make a pilgrimage of Buddhist temples where
@@@@@@@
Kwannons, the Goddesses of Mercy are worshiped in KINKI and TOKAI District in turn. The route of
@@@@@@@this pilgrimage is the oldest one in Japan.

@@@@@@@I'll write briefly the origin of the Pilgrimage of 33 Temples 'SAIGOKU' according to traditions as follows.
@@@@@@@ They said that
Tokudo-Shonin , the priest at Hase-Dera Temple (No. 8 Temple on the pilgrimage route)
@@@@@@@decidedthe route firstin A.D.718. The priest died suddenly and he (his soul) reached at the entrance
@@@@@@@gate of the other world. And he met Enma-Daio, the King of Hell there. The king said to him at that time
@@@@@@@,"I'll allow you to return to this world specially in order to make
the Kwannons' Belief more popular and
@@@@@@@broad on 33 temples in 'SAIGOKU'". And he entrusted the 33 Treasured Seals to Tokudo-Shonin. After
@@@@@@@the priest came back to this world again, he made much his efforts to persuade or preach many people
@@@@@@@about importance of
the Kwannons' Belief. But unfortunately they wouldn't believe the Kwannons'
@@@@@@@Belief
mostly. At last he had no choice but to bury the 33 Treasured Seals at Nakayama-Dera Temple (No.
@@@@@@@24Temple on the pilgrimage route)
temporarily in order to entrust his appointed task after coming ages. After

@@@@@@@270 years from the event,
Kazan-Houo, a retired emperor dug up the Seals and made the Pilgrimage Route
@@@@@@@revive and the temple numbers renumbered. People made good use of this pilgrimage path prosperously
@@@@@@@between Muromachi-Era (A.D.1,333 to 1,573) and Meiji-Era (A.D.1,886 to 1,912). But as the areas near
@@@@@@@the Route were urbanized, the pilgrimage paths were cut into pieces. Number of pilgrims decreased gradually
@@@@@@@in consequence and soon people walked rarely on the route. Now most people are utilizing public
@@@@@@@transports without walking on this route.

2. Actual Itinerary of "HENRO" trip

@(1) The 1st Section (from 2nd July '03 to 12th July '03) : No.1 Seigantoji Temple to No.5 Fujii-Dera Temple
@@@We began to walk from "JR Kii-Katsuura" station to No. 1 Seigantoji Temple near the Nachi-no-Taki, Japan's highest waterfall (133m) through "Mandara(Mandala)-no-Michi", one of the Kumano Ancient Roads. We bought some articles for "HENRO", Pilgrimage trip at the temple. We spent a night at the guesthouse kept by the temple. From the next day (3rd July) we walked through the Kumano Ancient Roads, "Okumodori" Route, "Kogumodori" One, "Nakahechi" One and the Kumano Ancient Roads remaining partially in Kii-Tanabe City, Minabe Town, Inami Town, Gobo City and Yuasa Town till No. 2 Kimii-Dera Temple. It took 7 days for us. After that we continued to walk to No. 3 Kokawa-Dera Temple, No. 4 Sefukuji One and No. 5 Fujii-Dera One under a burning sun.

@(2) The 2nd Section (from 2nd August '03 to 12th August '03) : Kintetsu Railway Fujiidera-Station to No.19
@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Gyoganji Temple...Ko-Do)
@@Though we intended to walk from Kintetsu Fujiidera-Station to No.22 Sojiji Temple in the 2nd Section, we could not help suspending our pilgrimage on the way because of No.10 Typhoon. As a result we got to No.19 Gyoganji Temple. We had been walking in Kyoto in the hottest season.

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(3) The 3rd Section (from 8th September '03 to 19th September '03) : Hankyu Railway Kawaramachi-Station
@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ to No.28 Nariaiji Temple
@@We began to walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi-Station via Nishi-Honganji Temple and Toji Temple to No.20 Yoshimineji Temple first. Then we went by way of No. 27 Engyoji Temple to No. 28. Nariaiji Temple in the lingering summer heat. We mistook the down path from Engyoji temple and we missed way to a pass between Yumesaki Town and Fukuzaki Town and wandered deep into the valley forest. As we lost time, we couldn't help using a taxi to a lodging house.

@(4) The 4rd Section (from 6th October '03 to 14th October '03) : Kita-Kinki-Tango Railway Amanohashidate -
@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Station to No.33 Kegonji Temple)
@@We began to walk from Kita-Kinki-Tango Railway Amanohashidate-Station, went across Maizuru City and visited No.29 Matsunoo-Dera Temple first. Then we stepped forward old main roads along Wakasa Bay and Saba-Kaido (an old highway to Kyoto), got to Imazu Port
at the Lake Biwa and took a boat to No. 30 Hogonji Temple. After that we got aboard again to Hikone Port, advanced southward and visited No. 31 Chomeiji Temple and No. 32 Kannonshoji Temple. Then we went through a part of Nakasendo Highway, an old main road from Tokyo (Edo) to Kyoto and arrived at the last temple, No. 33 Kegonji Temple. We achieved our pilgrimage journey at last. As it was not so hot weather comparing with the previous three journeys, we could walk with light steps in this journey.

@(5) Paying a visit of thanks to Zenkoji Temple (from 15th October '03 to 16th October '03) : Kintetsu-Bus
@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Tanigumi Bus-stop (Gifu Prefecture) to Zenkoji Temple in Nagano Prefecture)
@@We went to Zenkoji Temple retaining the religious fervor of functioning pilgrimage mecca in order to pay a visit of thanks about success
of our pilgrimage journey. When we participated in a morning ritual at the temple at 6:00, we felt so cold already.

@[ Reference ] Please refer to the following data.

@ 1) The actual "HENRO" trip route is shown in "Route Map of Pilgrimage Trip for 33 Buddhism temples in SAIGOKU", Kinki District"
.(Click here) If you click the number on the map, you can see the number of temple quickly.

@2) "The Kumano Ancient Road and 99 Ojis, small shrines"

@3) Actual Itinerary is shown in "Pilgrimage Trip for 33 Buddhism temples in "SAIGOKU", Kinki District: (Actual Results)". (
Click here) I'm sorry that the list is written in Japanese mainly. If you click the number in the list, you can see the number of temple page quickly.

@@The summary is shown as follows.

@@@ * Total walking distance @@@ @@@@@ : 1,034 Km
@@@@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ ([1st S.: 266.1Km]+[2nd S.: 186.2Km]+[3rd S.: 330.2Km]+[4th S.: 251.5Km] )
@@@ * Average walking distance a day@@ : 26.5 Km / Day
@@@@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ ([1st S.: 24.2Km/D], [2nd S.: 26.6Km/D], [3rd S.: 27.5Km/D], [4th S.: 22.9Km/D] )
@@@ * Average walking hours a day@ @@@: 8 Hours 45 Minutes / Day
@@@@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @([1st S.: 09:14], [2nd S.: 09:08], [3rd S.: 08:48], [4th S.: 06:26] )
@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@(Including resting, lunch time and praying time. Result on The 1st Section only)
@@@* Average walking distance an Hour@: 3.02 Km / Hours
@@@@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@([1st S.: 2.62Km/Hr], [2nd S.: 2.91Km/Hr], [3rd S.: 3.12Km/Hr], [4th S.: 3.55Km] )
@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@(Including resting, lunch time and praying
time. Result on The 1st Section only)

3. "Dairy of Pilgrimage in Kinki District"

@Italic and bold letters show the date during Pilgrimage Trip in the below Calendar. If you put your cursor on the Italic Date and the cursor shape('Arrow') changes to 'Hand', please click there. You can look at the Diary Page.