Temples 41-42

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

A great way to get a taste of the 88 Temple pilgrimage without having to slog it out along busy main roads is to take a bus from Uwajima Station direct to Temple 42, Butsumoku-ji (仏木寺; ¥510, 40 minutes). After admiring the thatched bell-house and the statues of the seven gods of good fortune, follow the clearly marked henro trail back through picturesque farming villages and rice paddies to Temple 41, Ryūkō-ji (龍光寺). Here, a steep stone staircase leads up to a pleasant temple and shrine overlooking the fields. It's a little over 5km in all. From outside Ryūkō-ji there are signs to Muden Station (務田駅), a 15-minute (800m) walk away. From here, you can catch a train or bus back to Uwajima.