For the ninth day of the Izumo Kannon Pilgrimage I started out in Yasugi. Now I head back West. Today I will not get to a visit any of the pilgrimage temples.
I will, however, be visiting lots of shrines. This area was where the provincial government of ancient Izumo was based, and also home to some of the earliest of the myths of Japan.
I will be following the route of the Sanin-do, the ancient imperial highway that linked the region to the capital. It is generally believed to be the least travelled of all the ancient routes. Nowadays Route 9 follows its route, though I hope to be spending a lot of time off the busy road and on side roads.
The route takes along the southern edge of the Nakaumi, marked as a lake on maps but actually a shallow lagoon.