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.