A hot day but the forest is still cool for this walk. Starting near Hoshinmon-oji shrine (by bus) and finishing at the much bigger Hongu Taisha shrine; about 7 kilometres walk, largely on the level. In early June, the large white and pink sweet-scented lilies are growing along the path (don't get the bright orange pollen on your clothes!) About two thirds along there is a refreshment house with fruit, food and drink at reasonable prices and a stunning view nearby. The forest part is wonderful with spectacular ferns and other cryptogamic plants lining much of the pathway. Almost all the way we were were beautifully serenaded by the Japanese nightingales (bush warblers?)
Eyes open and you can also see some smaller insect and associated wildlife which may not appeal to some!
As we descended near the end I found some amazing spiders (I know!) for my lens but will not show so as not to discourage arachnophobes. We then came to the big Hongu Taisha shrine - definitely worth a look, before descending the usual many stone steps (the pilgrims' penance) to the road and a welcome ice cream near the bus station. We also lingered in the nearby Tourist Information office as it was air-conditioned while waiting for our return bus ride.
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