Temple 60: Yokomineji

To get to the next temple get on your hiking shoes and prepare your heart and mind for the path ahead. Yokomineji is called “Summit on the Side of the Peak” temple and that is no lie. The temple is 2,340 feet above sea level. Take a deep breath. Let’s go.

 

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We had a lovely mist to walk through as we made our ascent.
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Pilgrims coming down, a very steady stream!
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They are heading back the way we just came.
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And we are on our way up.
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Moss!
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A sign pointing us in the right direction.
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A very well maintained path here.
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Old and rotting gates take another path on the mountain.
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Much of the modern ohenro route is carefully taken care of. This part is very smooth sailing.
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I love the expressiveness of this face.
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An ancient guardian.
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And then amidst the hard stones we have blossoms.
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Beautiful gate.
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Updated and carefully maintained.
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My dog will smile like this sometimes.
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Ring the bell to announce your arrival.
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And pause to look at the tulips.
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Offerings given, and sutras read.

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Serene.
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Nicely framed in the mist.
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Modern upkeep and new temple buildings among the old.