Tokushima Roads of Shikoku

Mikan Hatake Road

Mikan Hatake Road

This pilgrimage road, which has survived modern prefectural road improvements, runs between Oicho to Kakurinji Temple. The road is flanked by mandarin orange orchards that stretch halfway up the hillside path.Once you pass the Akamatsu Grove, you will come across a purification fountain from which water is streaming.Soon after this, you will travel along a small cedar tree plantation area. Cross the vehicle road to see the Naka River flowing below.Follow the gently sloping stone-paved pilgrimage road to find Kakurinji Temple, the 20th site on the pilgrimage course tucked inside the cedar plantation.If you descend through the cedar plantation from the side of Kakurinji Temple, you will again reach the mandarin orange orchards. The banks of the Naka River lead to the serene atmosphere of Oi Village.

Mikan Hatake Road (5.4 km)


Spots to photograph

Signpost between Kakurinji Temple and Hachiman Shrine

If you wish to receive a certificate, please take a photo that includes yourself at the designated photo point for each course.

Nearby sightseeing spots

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    Katsuura Town is the place of origin of the Awa mandarin oranges.Ikuna is located at the center of Katsuura Town. You can see many mandarin orange orchards cultivated along the road, spread up to the top of the mountains.Sweetfish from Katsuura River are also particularly famous. During the fishing season, the banks of the river bustle with armature fishers.Sweetfish grown in the pristine waters of Katsuura River taste divine.

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    Mizunomi Daishi

    This legendary place is where Kobo Daishi planted his walking stick and water came gushing out of the ground.Located along the approach ascending from Ikuna to Kakurinji Temple, the spring continues to flow today, without ever running dry.Pilgrims and people working on the mountain stop here to rest and quench their thirst from this spring.

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    Kakurinji Temple

    The Kakurinji Temple, the 20th temple among 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage is located at the height 500 meters above sea level. You can see Tairyujiyama across the Naka River.This temple is a home to several cultural treasures including a wooden standing statue of Bosatsu Jizo, a culturally important asset designated by the Japanese government that is said to have been created during the Fujiwara period (894-1185), and a color painting on silk scroll of Shaka Nyorai flanked by two attendants, also recognized as an important art piece.

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    Roadside Stone Indicators of Kakurinji Temple

    The roadside stone indicators are the stone pillar signposts built on the roadside at the interval of 1 cho (a distance of about 110 meters) to show the distance to the temple.Originally built during the Nanboku-cho period, eleven of such stone indicators have stood the test of times.The roadside stone indicators along the road to the Kakurinji Temple are said to be the oldest in the prefecture and are considered very precious artifacts.

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    Three-Storied Pagoda of Kakurinji Temple

    The pagoda building was reconstructed in the late Edo period. This is the reason you can each level of the structure built in a different style. You will be able to see that both Japanese and Chinese style construction methods were used while building this temple.The pagoda represents the late Edo period style and is the only remaining three-storied pagoda in the prefecture that was built during the feudal period.

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    Oi Rest Area

    This rest stop constructed out of imitation wood is located at the final point of the course within the precinct of Oi Hachiman Shrine.The rest stop is the ideal place to pause and reflect on your full day's of walking through the dense forest.

Special System to recognize The Roads of Shikoku travelers

Travelers who have completed a prefectural route
Under this system, a certificate is issued to everyone who has completed all the routes of the The Roads of Shikoku on foot in a single prefecture.
If you wish to receive this certificate, please take a photo of yourself (the applicant) at the designated photo checkpoints (the mark for photo checkpoints) along each route. After gathering the required photos for all the routes, write a simple comment on your thoughts regarding the route on each photo as well as your address, full name, age, and the dates on which the photos along the route were taken, and submit them to the representative for the prefecture where the route is found.
After reviewing your application, we will issue you a certificate for having completed the prefectural course.
Travelers who have completed all routes in Shikoku
If you have completed all the routes in the four prefectures of Shikoku, please submit your certificate for each of the four prefectures to the representative for any prefecture.
After reviewing your application, we will issue you a certificate for having completed all routes in Shikoku.

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