Today we will travel by private vehicle to Temple 11 Fujiidera, Temple of the Wisteria Well, situated at the foot of Mount Shosan-ji and surrounded by three mountains. We will walk a challenging trail known as ‘henro-korogashi’ through forests and over three peaks, one of the finest walks on the whole pilgrimage. The route takes us to an elevation of 900 meters (almost 3,000 feet), the highest point on the whole of our tour. Completing the three ascents is highly rewarding, and our goal, Shosanji, is a dramatic temple with spectacular valley views. For those preferring a shorter walk, the vehicle will deliver you halfway along the trail to meet the rest of the group. The accommodation tonight is a small and comfortable Japanese inn nearby serving lovely meals.
Walking distance: 11.9km / 7.4 miles
Elevation gain: 1230m /4035 feet ascent; 560m / 1870 feet descent
Time required: 5 hours