Sometimes when we travel, my husband takes me on a "just trust me" expedition. Of course he tells me enough that I've got the right clothes and such but the destination is a secret. He enjoys the surprise and I do too! And he rarely gets it wrong. (Mind you, he might get lost along the way!)
And so, this was how, in late February, I was introduced to Senkoji Temple, one of the highest points on Awaji Shima. I had no idea where we were going as we drove up a steep, narrow windy road to a tiny, empty parking lot. We then proceed to walk up multiple sets of steep stairs - up and up and up... The large temple complex was deserted except for a friendly cat and someone sweeping away debris from a statue up at the very top. We spent our time exploring and enjoying the views. Thanks so much, Husband! Another winner!
I highly recommend a visit. However, apparently the parking lot is packed on weekends. Best to take a taxi from the station.
More in English: https://japanwonder.com/2019/01/05/senzans-senkoji-temple-temple-on-the-first-mountain-of-the-first-island/
More in Japanese: http://www.awaji-13butsu.com/
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