The walk was incredibly inspiring so time flew by and thankfully I was very strong today.
Last evening at the Minshuku Momofuku I had the best meal, without any question of the Kumano Kodo...it may have been my best meal ever! In reading comments in the guest book many previous walkers commented that this was their best meal in Japan!
Yes I ate every last morsel of the 13 dishes however had a small serving of rice. The tempura alone was the best I have ever had. I even was able to sit on a chair! It took me close to an hour to finish!
Next the Japanese futon bedding was again the most comfortable of all the places I have stayed on the Kumano Kodo...even had a real pillow instead of a small bean bag!
|Now there is a delicious and filling breakfast!|
My final comment was that I would really like to come back some day (by bus) with my wife Dawn to spend one night at Minshuku Momofuku...Dawn you would love this place!
|I am a little taller than Mrs. Nakazama!|
|Mr. and Mrs. Nakazama|
So at 7:30 I left for the day under perfectly sunny skies...again.
|Kumano Kodo for those who can't read Japanese|
|Every once in a while a small break!|
Finally after close to two hours I crested the pass (note climbing was not done for the day as mountain trails are like a roller coaster)
The last comment on the Echizen-toge Pass picture written by a famous Japanese poet in the 12th century "This route is very rough and difficult. It is impossible to describe precisely how tough it is" what really struck me is was written around year 1200...expect not much has changed on the route since then...neat stuff!
A few pictures of the last few hours prior to arriving at Nachisan:
|Heading into Nachisan|
|Heading into Nachisan|
The Nachisan area is incredibly beautiful and important in the Japanese culture...I wish I would have been more knowledgeable about the history of this great shrine area. While I cannot pretend to appreciate it's full importance I was in awe.
|Nachi-San Seiganto-ji Temple|
|Entrance to Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine|
|Grand shrine of over 4,000 Kumano shrines in Japan|
|Three story pagoda and Nachi waterfall|
|Nachi waterfall - highest in Japan at 133 metres|
|Picnic area where I ate...does it get better?|
|Incredible Bento box lunch prepared by Minshuku Momofuku|
So that's it for what has been an unforgettable walk and experience on the Kumano Kodo.
Tomorrow I leave for a few days in Tokyo and then home sweet home! Here is what awaits me in Tokyo!
|Rose (grand-daughter on far right) holding hands with BFF Elizabeth in middle|
Yonde kurete arigato!