I made an early start for the tenth day of this pilgrimage walk, and the approaching dawn heralded another glorious day of fine weather.
I would be visiting 2 temples of the pilgrimage, but many more shrines.
Part of my route will be along an older "shinto" pilgrimage, the Ou Rokusho, that connects 6 of the oldest shrines in this area that used to be the provincial capital when centralized government was first set up.
Kojin would be much in evidence. My route will take me inland along the southern edge of a wide valley, and then back along the northern edge. My starting point and finishing point are only a few kilometers apart.