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 1   Bangai Temples / B2 Dogakuji  on: Yesterday at 07:51am
Started by kotoko | Post by kotoko
Just a tentative FYI (March 25, 2017)

I happened to tune into the local news while flipping channels and it seems that a building at Dogakuji caught fire today. My Japanese is terrible, though, but I saw it was in Ishii Town and managed to match up the kanji, I think. I don't know how much damage there was or which part of the temple, unfortunately (again, language barrier). If someone could provide more details or confirm/deny, that would be great smiley
 
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 2   Lodging Recommendations / Re: My List of Lodgings Stayed At & Thoughts  on: Yesterday at 07:28am
Started by kotoko | Post by kotoko
@slc
Thanks! Some days it's fun, while other days, I want to take the train to the nearest city and call it quits. Thankfully, my knees seemed to have healed just fine and my ankle is doing ok as long as I don't walk too much on it, so it's making things a bit more enjoyable. Any tips on getting through the CApe Ashizuri section?

I never get offered the dormitory options, either. I wasn't even aware Sowaka had a dormitory! But my Japanese isn't good enough to ask and navigate a full conversation around it. It's expensive so I just keep an eye on my chequing account and make sure the numbers are ok.

I was really jealous of the guys who got to go to the Onsen after T12! It's one of those times I wished I was a man, haha.

@tneva82
Ah, that makes more sense, then. Planning short sections is ok, but I'm attempting this over two months, so I'm glad I didn't plan are ahead. I just take it day by day. I was really, really fortunate to get this time off work and I saved up for years with this goal in mind.
 
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 3   Lodging Recommendations / Re: My List of Lodgings Stayed At & Thoughts  on: Yesterday at 07:18am
Started by kotoko | Post by kotoko
(Ran out of space in my first post, so am continuing my list here.)

15. Kokumin-shakusha Tosa (near T36)
Beautiful hotel with great views, but on the expensive side (7300 yen, including meals, which you might want to accept because there aren't any stores nearby). However, Shiohama-so might be closed (my Japanese isn't great and the lady who answered spoke really fast; I did catch the word "tomare", though)) and Minshuku Nazuna wasn't answering. Attentive staff and most seemed to know a few words of basic English. The manager(?) has a good command of English and was super helpful, including driving me and two other henro to the ferry port as osettai and giving me train schedule information and tips on walking Cape Ashizuri. They have both an indoor bath and an outdoor one. To get there, take the little path leading to T36's okunoin. The path can be found just behind the stamp office and is steep in places, but the alternative is to circle all the way around.

16. Hotel Crown Hills Nakamura (Shimanto City near Nakamura Station)
Typical business hotel but comfortable enough. Ofuro available on the first floor, but I didn't try it. Coin laundry available. 5900 yen for a single room. Breakfast available for an additional 760 yen starting at 6:45am. Breakfast was buffet style with a big spread and both Western me Japanese food available. Convenience store next door.

17. Business Hotel Nancho (Tosa-Shimizu City)
Definitely has seen better days. It is old and run down and not all too clean. My bed sheets are clean but the carpet in my room has old stains. 5400 yen. Tv operates only if you pay so since I don't understand Japanese TV anyway, I didn't even use it. Probably wouldn't stay here again. Although not marked in the guidebook, there is a Lawson's a minute away on foot.
 
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 4   General Board / Re: Two Temple 1's?  on: Mar 24th, 2017, 07:02am
Started by Willoughtree | Post by Willoughtree
I see, thank you very much for this information. I am only focussing on the 88 this time. So I will start at Ryozengi.. Got it !
You have really help point me in the right direction!

Thank You !
 
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 5   General Board / Re: Two Temple 1's?  on: Mar 24th, 2017, 05:09am
Started by Willoughtree | Post by tneva82
on Mar 24th, 2017, 04:24am, Willoughtree wrote:
There is a high chance that this is me but as far as I can see, the guide book shows two temple 1's.. Taisanji and Ryosenji.
Is this the case and if so - Which do I start at?

Yours confusedly

Matthew


Taisanji is first...bangai bekkaku(extra 20 temples).

Ryozenji is first of the 88. Taisanji is optional. Less people seem to go there as they are less famous than main 88 plus are often way off.
 
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 6   General Board / Two Temple 1's?  on: Mar 24th, 2017, 04:24am
Started by Willoughtree | Post by Willoughtree
There is a high chance that this is me but as far as I can see, the guide book shows two temple 1's.. Taisanji and Ryosenji.
Is this the case and if so - Which do I start at?

Yours confusedly

Matthew
 
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 7   Lodging Recommendations / Re: My List of Lodgings Stayed At & Thoughts  on: Mar 23rd, 2017, 07:13am
Started by kotoko | Post by tneva82
on Mar 23rd, 2017, 06:05am, kotoko wrote:
Just a word of advice, though: it's great to have a plan but ensure to keep an open mind and allow for flexibility. .


Would love to have some flexibility but i have just 2 days free for this stint to temple 39 and about same for the second half. Any more slowing than that and it would take me 3 or more trips. Expensive and risks not getting chance to finish pilgrimage. Could end up with only part done with no more

So while I can do some alterations slowing down much has bad risks. Not optimal but not rich enough to say screw work :/ lucky to be able to do this as is. Standard holiday would be shorter and on summer season so i'm lucky as it is!

So i have plan and try to book according to it. If not possible look for alternatives(like use taxi to get to lodging and back where i left) depending is slow down due to need of rest or lodgings full.
 
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 8   Lodging Recommendations / Re: My List of Lodgings Stayed At & Thoughts  on: Mar 23rd, 2017, 06:45am
Started by kotoko | Post by slc
It's great to read about your trip! It sounds so fun. I also stayed at Sudachi-kan and Michinoyado Sowaka.

After such a hard day of walking, arriving at Sudachi-kan was fantastic. The food was great. The man who showed us to our rooms and drove me to the onsen apparently also drives people to the temples in the area and I kept seeing him again and again up until maybe temple 22. The onsen, which was much further away than I expected, was an oasis of luxury. It would make a fine vacation destination on its own. It had all sorts of things I've never seen before like push button hot waterfall stalls.

Michinoyado Sowaka was nice too. They didn't offer me the option for the dormitory style accommodation and gave me a huge tatami room that was extremely nice, which an hour later they came and moved me out of and put me into a tiny room instead. I just laughed at the situation. Some Henro I met from France ended up sleeping in a tent outside near the river in freezing winds, so I was just glad to have a room at all.

I took the train to the second to last stop after 23, Shishikui, in hopes of camping at the michi no eki, staying in the Hashimoto bus, or staying at a low cost lodging. Unfortunately the Hashimoto bus no longer exists, the michi no eki didn't allow camping, and I could not contact the owner of the lodging, so I walked through the tunnel to Kannoura and ended up staying at the campground on the beach right next to the White Beach Hotel. I was the only one camping, and having the beach to myself that night was amazing but a little eerie. I was glad the hotel was there as I discovered in the morning that it's the only place in town to buy cigarettes lol.
 
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 9   Lodging Recommendations / Re: My List of Lodgings Stayed At & Thoughts  on: Mar 23rd, 2017, 06:05am
Started by kotoko | Post by kotoko
I'm glad my post has managed to give insight to at least one fellow henro!

Just a note on Hotel Nahari that I somehow forgot: the walls are paper thin, like wow. It was to the point that the person in the room next to mine had their alarm go off (and they kept hitting snooze...argh!) and I almost thought it was *my* alarm. I actually checked all my devices just to make sure. At one point, around dinner time, some little kids were yelling in the hall and I heard everything as if there wasn't a door and a wall between me and them. Just FYI. I'll amend my original post to add this point. I imagine it's still better than camping out, though.

As for Sudachi-kan's dog, she was really sweet and let me pet her and scratch behind her ears, so she's friendly :3 The owners gave her my leftover meat, haha. Also, yes, Sudachi-kan has beds and bedsheets, so no need for a sleeping bag. I got put in the bunk bed room (being the only female guest that night) while the men seemed to get a tatami mat room with futons.

Just a word of advice, though: it's great to have a plan but ensure to keep an open mind and allow for flexibility. I had awful luck in the beginning of my pilgrimage. First, inflamed knees that had me limping and hobbling by day 2, necessitating many days off (I even went back to the mainland). When my knees healed up, I tackled T20 and T21, but on my way down from T20, slipped on some loose dirt and twisted my ankle. My ankle is still bothering me and has slowed my pace significantly and I've been taking public transportation in places both to save on time and to allow my ankle to rest. Two nights ago, I (lightly) strained a muscle in my lower back, so I've been feeling my backpack weight a bit more than usual (I have a history of really bad back strains, possibly a slipped disc, so I half expected this to happen. Still sucks, though.) So, basically, I take things day by day and make lodging reservations the evening before based on how I feel and how spaced apart lodgings are.
 
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 10   Lodging Recommendations / Re: My List of Lodgings Stayed At & Thoughts  on: Mar 23rd, 2017, 04:21am
Started by kotoko | Post by tneva82
on Mar 23rd, 2017, 02:33am, kotoko wrote:
3. Ryokan Sakura (Yoshinogawa City, near T11)


Good to know since I'll be staying there myself after yoshino ryokan was fully booked!


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4. Hotel Clement Tokushima (Tokushima City)


Oh look! Another place I will be staying. Didn't get answers to any place near T1 except for one that said it's on holiday on sunday so ended up there. Good to hear it's not good enough.


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5. Sudachi-kan (Kamiyama Town, near T12)


Thanks for this! I'm staying there as well and had been wondering what kind of lodging is there on middle of mountain cheesy Seems it's furnished enough to have beddings for customers? Ie no sleeping bag needed? If so good enough and rest sounds very good as well.

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They do have a dog, if that matters to anyone (I.e. Allergies).


Oh yes! This matters a lot! In a positive way cheesy I love dogs! Hopefully the dog is playful one that likes to play around as I love playing with dogs(and kids...Wonder if that's related?).

Thanks for the tips. I'll check if others as well how they fit to my plans.

edit: Hotel nahari is on my plans so I might stay there. Yuan I would LOVE to stay just for curiosity of western style but alas I really need to push further from that to get enough time to visit Kochi castle if plans hold up.

Others would require significant changes to plans so less likely I use them.
 
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