Yokomineji

Yokomineji, Saijo

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Chook1
Sydney, Australia288 contributions
A wonderful trip
Oct 2016 • Couples
We are semi-walking pilgrims wandering along the Shikoku 88 Temple walk. We do not expect to complete the 88 Temples on this trip and for the most difficult temples (and Temple 60, Yokomineji, is one of them) we use a combination of feet and public transport.

This is a hard to get to Temple but well worth it. Serene, high in the mountains, scenic, peaceful. Take a jumper/fleece even on warmer days the weather can be unpredictable. I endorse the other reviews listed here. I would like to explain how to get to the Temple by public transport and suggest a time frame.

We travelled from Saijo City. We think to do this trip you need to overnight in Saijo (we were at the Saijo Urban Hotel directly opposite the station - easy!

Firstly, go the Tourist Information Centre, a block to the right of the JR Saijo Station. The have a "mud map" in Japanese but easy enough to follow with their help. One can catch a bus (bound for the Rope Way at Mount Ishizuchi) at 7:47 am and 10:27 am - there are later buses but these are too late for either Yokomenineji Temple or Mount Ishizuchi, unless you are staying overnight, on the mountain. Buses leave from stand 2 directly in front of the station.

It is important when you get on the bus to go to the driver with the map from the Tourist Information and show it to him. He will understand what to do, but sit at the front of the bus so he remembers you. You want to get off at a bus stop called "Yokomine TosanGuchi", say that to him. The fare is 620 JPY.

When you alight, cross the road, up the side road ( 3 minutes easy) and there is another bus station where you catch a shuttle service directly to the Temple. The connecting bus will be waiting for the connection so don't dawdle, or it may leave without you and you will have to wait. There are departures for the shuttle bus at 8:14 am and 10:54 am. Don't try any later or you will run out of time. The driver will indicate return times for you get back to Saijo - don't worry. The return fare is a hefty 1750 JPY or there abouts (as you will see compared to walking it is worth very Yen). Buckle up for a most adventurous drive, if you get car sick on winding roads my advice is don't go by bus.

To save being rushed on the mountain itself I strongly suggest that you depart Saijo at 7:47am, that allows you to connect to the shuttle at 8:14am. Return to the shuttle bus station (ask the driver what time) in time to walk back to the highway (to bus stop "Yokomine TosanGuchi" on the other side of the road of course. The bus to Saijo will arrive at 12:29 and you will be back in Saijo at 12:56. The next departure time is much later at 3:44pm.

Hope this helps other walking/public transport pilgrims, and others.
Written October 31, 2016
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RJSJr1954
Decatur, GA64 contributions
Worth every step
Nov 2013 • Family
We visited Yokomineji (Temple #60) as part of our walking pilgrimage in late November 2013. It turned out to be the day of the season's second snowfall, which added both to the challenge of the walk up, as well as to the temple's beauty once we arrived. It is deep in the woods and far from the main roads, so doesn't get as many visitors as the more urban temples. It was a real treat for us--peaceful, quiet, and beautiful, tucked away in the woods. Despite its elevation, it is not situated such that there are views from the temple itself, but the trail up afforded many pretty vistas. Of note, the toilets there were a happy surprise--quite clean and even had heated seats! The monk at the nokyocho was also quite friendly. If you can make the trip, you won't be disappointed!
Written November 29, 2013
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