The 3km path heads up Mt.Joju which is covered in tall cedar trees. It took me just over 2 and half hours to complete.

The path heads up Mt.Joju which is covered in tall cedar trees. It took me just over 2 and half hours to complete.

The 3km path heads up Mt.Joju which is covered in tall cedar trees. It took me just over 2 and half hours to complete.

The path heads up Mt.Joju which is covered in tall cedar trees. It took me just over 2 and half hours to complete.

Like this one which is about 12 inches tall.

Like this one which is about 12 inches tall.

Then into Ninna-ji temple to admire the raked gravel and garden in the soft rain.  Slept well that night......

Then into Ninna-ji temple to admire the raked gravel and garden in the soft rain. Slept well that night.

And there it is no.88 with the flags out to welcome you.

And there it is with the flags out to welcome you.

Definitely on the way down now.....

Definitely on the way down now.

This one was hexagonal and was my favourite.

This one was hexagonal and was my favourite.

Yes there was a dear little temple at the top. No. 65

Yes there was a dear little temple at the top.

And yes the path got more difficult the further you went!  Had to pull myselt up this bit with a chain rope!

And yes the path got more difficult the further you went! Had to pull myselt up this bit with a chain rope!

And this is the view of Kyoto at the halfway mark.

And this is the view of Kyoto at the halfway mark.

At each little temple there is a bell and a wooden stick that you use to wake up the spirits/gods etc.  I  gong each one along the way.

At each little temple there is a bell and a wooden stick that you use to wake up the spirits/gods etc. I gong each one along the way.

No. 53

No. 53

This massive rock if called "Iwagami"  which means - a god of a rock!  At No. 53

This massive rock if called "Iwagami" which means - a god of a rock!

Apparently  there are over 1000 steps!  This is no. 10

Apparently there are over 1000 steps!

So i set off...not another soul in sight. This is temple no.2.  They are all tiny temples with some images of Buddha and Daishi behind a wooden grille.

not another soul in sight. This is temple They are all tiny temples with some images of Buddha and Daishi behind a wooden grille.

This is Kobo Daishi (774-835) a famous Buddhist monk, scholar, poet and artist. After his death followers set up a 1200 kms pilgrimage on the Island of Shikoku in his honour. The Omuro 88 temple pilgrimage is a mini version finally set up in the mid 1800's.

This is Kobo Daishi (774-835) a famous Buddhist monk, scholar, poet and artist. After his death followers set up a 1200 kms pilgrimage on the Island of Shikoku in his honour. The Omuro 88 temple pilgrimage is a mini version finally set up in the mid 1800's.

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