DAY 10 高知/土佐 修行的道場 -5- Kochi Prefecture
This morning was a beautiful sunshine day. We seemed enjoy our cycling well today, but some route was so hard beyond my expectation.
Mr Nakagawa and me climbed the mountain for arriving at our accommodation yesterday, so we had good time at the beginning of this day trip. However, happy time was always short. When we rode onward south along with the Awa Coast (安和), here came strong wind against us for long time, it continued to blow even we passed the Sanuki Bay (須崎灣), a lot of challenges we had to overcome, including of the long distance uphills. Good thing was... you don't need to check the maps too many times, this route was easy and simple.
We choose Route 56 to Iwamoto-ji (#37 岩本寺), there I met one of my most unforgettable challenges... Nanako-Toge/Pass (七子峠)! You will see 6 KM and continuous upslope in front of your eyes, I can't remember how many times we take a break in Nanako-Toge/ Pass, here was no shops and houses but the rush vehicle, it was like riding the hell especially at noon time.
Finally we passed the Nanako-Toge, and arrived at a very famous town in Japan- Shimanto Town (四萬十町). According to my guide book, Shimanto River (四萬十川) is the longest river in Shikoku (196 KM), it is noted as that is the last remaining undammed river in Japan, so here is also a very popular spot for tourists. What a pity that the undammed river area is not close to anyone of 88 temples. If you really wanna have a look about Shimanto River, you might chose more 30 KM from Iwamoto-ji (#37) to Kongofuku-ji (#38 金剛福寺)... I was very lazy so I did not ride that way~
We kept riding in Shimanto Town, we reached Iwamoto-ji (#37) soon after we saw the Roadhouse/Michi-no-eki Kubokawa (道之驛窪川), it was 15 o'clock, Mr Nakagawa asked me want to keep riding onward Kongofuku-ji (#38) or not? My answer was NO because sometimes I wanna take a rest earlier~ Thanks for Mr Nakagawa's understanding~~
Tonight we stayed at the Shokubo (宿坊) at Iwamoto-ji (#37), this was my first time overnight in temple! The lodging at Iwamoto-ji (#37) is quite awesome and clean. Location is good as well, near to market you can buy your supplies conveniently, but the weakness is behind the railway, it resulted in some annoying noise while the train passes. By the way, you can check out anytime and don't need to care Temple office hour.
After we left our belongings at temple, Mr Nakagawa asked local people where was the tasty restaurant, then brought me Japanese Style Bar, just like what we see in Japan TV series, the TV played the Tiger 's baseball game in this bar. Eating in a traditional restaurant usually is difficult job for me, because I don't understand what it wrote in menu. I was lucky Mr Nakanawa was always willing to try to translate for me.