Friday, January 4, 2013

The Bridges at Usa Hachimangu

Back in November I went on a 5 day walk on the Kunisaki Peninsular down in Oita, Kyushu.

I have been wanting to walk the old Kunisaki Pilgrimage route, a shugendo pilgrimage based on a mandala of the Lotus Sutra, but it has been impossible to find details of it.

So I decided to make my own route, starting at Usa Hachimangu, where the original route would have started, and from there heading east over the peninsular to the coast, from there down the coast to Kitsuki, and then once more over the peninsular from south to north.

I spent the first hour exploring the gardens and lotus pond in the grounds of the shrine.

Dotted with several smaller shrines, at first light it was very photogenic despite the light drizzle.


  1. Un beau pélerinage, tu as trouvé ton propre itininéraire que je trouve reposant appaisant ..c'est une chance pour moi de pouvoir voyager à travers tes belles photos*****
    Merci beaucoup

  2. This is just 10 minutes from my house! If you are interested in the Kunisaki pilgram trail then I suggest you talk to the priest at either Monjusenji or Futagoji. They often take people of partial parts of the trail. The younger priest at Futagoji speaks excellent English.

  3. I talked to the priest at Futagoji.... he knows of a couple of small sections but not the overall pilgrimage. Incidentally I am walking the Kyushu 88 temple pilgrimage right now and will be in Usa tomorrow :)

  4. Nice, I love your DIY attitude to the pilgrimage route.