October 2006 - December 2006
1)Friday, November 3, 2006
Pilgrimage in Bando Fudasho (Part XVIIII) Weather: Cloudy then sunny
- The Thirty-first Fudasho: Kasamori-dera Temple (302 Kasamori, Chonan-cho, Chosei-gun, Chiba Pref.)
- I took on the first train at 5:08 from Higashi-kurume Station.
It was national holiday and thus the first train was crowded with holidaymakers than expected.
I arrived in Mobara Station at 7:50 after changing train at Tokyo and Chiba.
- The Mobara Station where I got off for the first time was big and gorgeous than I expected.
- Only a few buses are available a day to the Fudasho. Therefore, I had planned to walk to the Fudasho from the station.
- I started the station at 8:00. Although it was cloudy in the early morning, the blue sky appeared when I reached Mobara Station.
It was unusually warm. It's Indian summer! I took off the long-sleeve shirt and walked wearing only short-sleeve T-shirt with a map in hand.
- I continued to walk on the Boso transversal road (Route 409). I was relived when I could see the rural scene after passing 5 km point from the station.
- When reaching 10 km point, the area became hilly and the road became upward.
- The traffic of Boso transversal road was busy and there were several parts where no sidewalk was provided. I felt dangerous where no
sidewalk was provided.
- I thought the distance to the Fudasho from the station was around 10 km. However, I could not reach there even after
I passed 10 km point.
- Mountain village appeared when I approached the Fudasho.
- Finally I reached the bus stop of Kasamori. The Fudasho was very close from there.
- From the entrance of the Fudasho, I climbed up the stairs made of concrete in the cedar trees.
When reaching the top, the big temple gate appeared.
- During the approach, there existed "Three big cedar trees", Japanese cinnamon whose root has a big hole. (It is said if female passes through the hole, she will be
surely pregnant.) and a monument of Basho, a famous Haiku poetry in Edo era.
- After passing the temple gate, you can see big main temple built on the stone.
- The distance from Mobara Station to Fudasho was approx. 12 km. (Approx. 16,000 steps)
I finally reached the Fudasho at 10:00 AM. It took 2 hours.
- It is necessary to climb the long and sharp stairs to reach the main temple.
The main temple is closed on rainy day since it is dangerous to climb up.
- It is necessary to pay \100 fee to enter the main temple. Shooting pictures is prohibited in the main temple.
- The eleven-headed main Kannon is in the small shrine. Instead, I worshipped small gold substitute Kannon in front of the shrine.
- After worship, I got red stamp on the pilgrimage note.
The staff lady was so kind and I felt very comfortable. All staff at every Fudasho should do as she did.
- When I reached the main temple, no one was there and thus I could enjoy quietness for a while.
- However, owing to national holiday, the worshippers were coming one right after the other.
The quietness did not continue.
- According to the guidebook, the main temple is located on a hill and thus the Pacific Ocean can be seen.
However, to my regret, I could not see owing to haze although it was fine.
- I bought a Japanese butterbur boiled down in sweetened soy as souvenir at the small shop in the precinct.
Then the lady in the shop asked me if I came here on foot. I replied, "Yes".
And she told me that she saw me from the car while I was walking in the morning.
She also said that she would try to take me on the car.
- She served me a tea and pickles and we chatted for a while. I enjoyed unexpected encounter.
- I had a plan to come back by bus to Mobara Station. However, next bus would leave at
12:35. The lady told me that I should walk alongside Route 409 westward to Ushikubo Station of Kominato Railroad. The distant was approx. 6km.
Thus I decided to walk to Ushiku Station.
- When leaving the Fudasho, more and more visitors were coming.
- Actual distance to Kazusa Ushiku Station was 7 km. It took 1 hour and 20 minutes. The arrival time was 11:50.
- I thought next train would leave at 12:10, but found it would go out of service owing to holiday.
I had to wait for the next train to be left at 12:49.
- Anyway, I took on the next train with two cars and enjoyed seeing local scenery for a while.
- I changed JR train at Goi Station. I reached home at 4:00 PM.
- I walked approx. 21 km. (Approx. 30,000 steps)
Stone monument of Basho
Main temple thru temple gate
God of thunder
View from main temple
Distant view of main temple