Michinoku Coastal Trail: Hachinohe Section (Part 1)

Walking the Hachinohe Section of the 700km Michinoku Coastal Trail which runs along the Tohoku Pacific Coast. In this post, I cover the start of the trail to Kabushima Island known for being a breeding ground of black-tailed gulls, to Samekado Lighthouse.


Nishinotakiryusui Temple in Shodoshima

A somewhat scary trip to Nishinotakiryusui Temple, one of the temples on the 88 Shodoshima Temples Pilgrimage, mainly due to fact that no one was around. Failed to explore the especially interesting rock cave behind the main hall, which has legends surrounding the encounter between Kukai and a dragon.

Senzan’s Senkoji Temple – Temple on the “First Mountain” of the First Island

Located on top of Mount Senzan, said to be the first mountain created on Awajishima, Senkoji was said to be founded by a hunter who was led by a manifestation of Senjukannon (thousand-armed Kannon) in the form of a wild boar. Also serving as the first temple of the Thirteen Buddhas of Awajishima, the temple also worships Fudo Myo-o or Acala.