Kakurin-ji Temple mountain gate (Photo: Yoshifumi Hara)

Shikoku Pilgrimage: Temple No. 20

The paths of Kakurin-ji Temple and Kamo

Justin Velgus   - 1 min read

After leaving Temple No. 19, the pilgrim path once again heads towards the mountains. Travel upstream of the Katsuura River and the village of Ikuhina comes into view. From here the mountain road begins. The rolling mountain path is not so tough, but there are a repeating number of up-and-downs resembling capital "M" shapes. There are various peaks to these rolling hills where you will find the 20th and 21st temples.

On the road connecting the Kakurin-ji Temple path and Kamo Path is a "choishi" signpost left behind from the latter half of the 1300s, which seems to indicate this is the oldest part of the ancient path.

Justin Velgus

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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is the Miyagi Prefecture expert for Japan Travel and a long-term contributor since 2012 with a focus on the Tohoku region.  Justin has written extensively for JT, and other publications such as VisitMiyagi and Sake Today, amassing over 350 published articles...