The hike continues with a gentle walk down the mountain from Seny?-ji, with the opportunity to explore small village settlements on the way. Return to the town of Imabari, with an optional paved hike on to Temple 59 Iyo Kokubun-ji and continue onwards to Matsuyama by train and overnight in Dogo Onsen.
Walking distance: 4.4km / 2.7 miles
Elevation gain: Negligible ascent and 250m / 820 feet descent
Time required: About 1 hour
An optional paved walk of 4.1km (2.5 miles) can extend the hike by a further 1.5 hours.
Accommodation: Hot-spring Ryokan (Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
This charming inn in the heart of Dogo Onsen is run by a friendly family with exceptional service, beautiful Japanese rooms, exquisite cuisine, and lovely thermal baths.