Day 21: The Tin Man

Abandoned bus

Last nights camping passed without incident and, given that I’m a light sleeper, I’m amazed I managed to get a few hours decent kip. As you may have guessed, I’m trying to alternate nights under canvas with those indoors (weather permitting). Read more

Day 19: Kokumin-shukusha Tosa

View from Mt. Chausu

Waking with the sunrise at 5am this morning I shuffled out of my sleeping bag to conduct the usual temple rituals before bidding farewell to Kiyotaki-ji (清滝寺 – 35) around 7am. Read more

Day 16: Tataki

Tataki

Today’s route took me through freshly planted rice fields around 25km from Marukome guest house near Dainichi-ji (大日寺 – 28) to Kōchi City (高知市), stopping at temples 29 and 30 on the way. Read more

Day 15: Sun, Sand and Concrete

Water, sand, wood, concrete

Much to my surprise the brick floor I pitched my tent on last night wasn’t so bad. One of the advantages of walking 25-35km per day is that you’re so tired at the end of it you can sleep just about anywhere. Read more

Day 14: Iokidō Cave

Iokidō Cave Ferns

Sleeping on the beach last night was fairly uneventful as far as my forays into wild camping go. With nothing else but the sound of the waves I became slightly paranoid about getting washed away by the incoming tide but looking out at the view of the stars and the moon soon belayed any fears. Read more

Day 13: Beach Camping

Home Bakery

I woke early as usual just in time to see the sunrise over Cape Muroto at 5am. After breakfast I got the bust up to Shinshō-ji (津照寺 – 25), where I had finished walking yesterday, and continued on by foot towards Kongōchō-ji (金剛頂寺 – 26) which was only 4km away. Read more

Day 12: Cape Muroto

Cape Muroto rock formations

After two days of heavy rain the weather finally broke today and by mid-morning the sun was shining. Things were looking up. Read more