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xx Looking to do part of the henro this fall
« Thread started on: May 10th, 2017, 3:16pm »

I'd like to do as much of the henro as I can in a roughly three week period this fall. I'm thinking of a start date somewhere in October to November. The exact dates and how much time I'll be able to spend on the henro is still a bit up in the air.

I'm planning on walking, and camping (as much as possible). I'm perfectly fine with doing it by myself, but also wouldn't mind some company. I'm a Buddist, and have been for many years, so this pilgrimage is meant to be a way for me to practice, as well as sightsee and have some fun. I'm not looking to turn the henro into a party and get drunk every night. I actually don't drink alcohol at all. So, if someone is interested in accompanying me, given how I plan to do the henro, let me know.

If for some reason I don't go to Shikoku this fall, it will probably be because I'm doing a different pilgrimage in Japan. I'm also quite interested in the Chichibu Kannon Pilgrimage, or even the Kumano Kodo. Part of me really wants to do all 88 temples in one trip, and so thinks I should do a shorter pilgrimage I can finish in one trip, like Chichibu, and save Shikoku for later. If anyone would be interested in the Chichibu Kannkon Pilgrimage, also please let me know.
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xx Re: Looking to do part of the henro this fall
« Reply #1 on: May 11th, 2017, 11:20pm »

on May 10th, 2017, 3:16pm, dayunbao wrote:
I'd like to do as much of the henro as I can in a roughly three week period this fall. I'm thinking of a start date somewhere in October to November. The exact dates and how much time I'll be able to spend on the henro is still a bit up in the air.


3 weeks should see you somewhere around late Kochi especially since you don't seem to be going to be racing it.

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I'm also quite interested in the Chichibu Kannon Pilgrimage, or even the Kumano Kodo.


Chichibu is nice one though so short you def want to plan something else. Even with slow pace at the start to spend time at temples you should be able to do it in one week. Start won't be much of a challenge walking wise if you spend time at the temples as they are so packed you won't be walking many km per day!

Not sure how acceptable it is to camp out there. Pilgrimage tradition isn't as strong there as in Shikoku so camping wild might not be looked so well and it's mainly town enviroment you will be walking. And later part paid lodgings are bit far and off.

If you have time I recommend Mount Buko as well if you enjoy mountain climbing. Good practice run also for Shikoku mountain temples smiley
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xx Re: Looking to do part of the henro this fall
« Reply #2 on: May 12th, 2017, 08:47am »

Great, thanks! Been wondering how far I'd get in three weeks. I'm thinking I might take a train to get from #23 to #24. From everything I've heard, those long stretches along highways aren't particularly inspiring sections of the henro to walk on foot. If I had the time to walk the whole thing in one go, I might go ahead and do that portion on foot. But since my time is limited, I think I'd rather spend more time going to temples than walking along highways.

There aren't other Buddhist oriented hikes/pikgrimages near Chichibu, are there? If not, that seems like one draw back to going there. Southern Japan seems to have an abundance of Buddhist related activities (Shikoku, Kumano Kodo).
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« Reply #3 on: May 13th, 2017, 2:28pm »

on May 12th, 2017, 08:47am, dayunbao wrote:
Great, thanks! Been wondering how far I'd get in three weeks. I'm thinking I might take a train to get from #23 to #24. From everything I've heard, those long stretches along highways aren't particularly inspiring sections of the henro to walk on foot. If I had the time to walk the whole thing in one go, I might go ahead and do that portion on foot. But since my time is limited, I think I'd rather spend more time going to temples than walking along highways.

There aren't other Buddhist oriented hikes/pikgrimages near Chichibu, are there? If not, that seems like one draw back to going there. Southern Japan seems to have an abundance of Buddhist related activities (Shikoku, Kumano Kodo).


When i get to that section on my blog you can read about my view on it. Certainly long sections midle of nowhere but particularly along sea it had certain charm. Though if you use bus that IS good section to do so.

There is bando pilgrimage that is one of 3 famous kannon ones inc chichibu but that too is over 1000km so not quick one. And i bet there are less famous ones srince there are like 100+ pilgrimages gn japan. Finding info on those could be hard though. How's your japanese?-) info not likely in english...
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xx Re: Looking to do part of the henro this fall
« Reply #4 on: May 13th, 2017, 4:57pm »

Just so you know, there is no train to 24. The train lines end a ways after 23 and don't start up again until a little before 27.

The bus is an option though. I took it. Both the bus and walking route to 24 are right on the coast, and the scenery is beautiful. If you do take the bus sit on the left side by a window.
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xx Re: Looking to do part of the henro this fall
« Reply #5 on: May 14th, 2017, 6:24pm »

on May 13th, 2017, 4:57pm, slc wrote:
Just so you know, there is no train to 24. The train lines end a ways after 23 and don't start up again until a little before 27.

The bus is an option though. I took it. Both the bus and walking route to 24 are right on the coast, and the scenery is beautiful. If you do take the bus sit on the left side by a window.


Ah, good to know. Thanks. I'll probably take whatever the transportation option is for that stretch of the henro (train or bus).
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