Road to Sakureizan Senyuji Temple
Road to Sakureizan Senyuji Temple
This 16.5-km tour takes visitors down the road along the Nibukawa Valley, which is designated as Okudogo Tamagawa Prefectural Natural Park, and passes through the Nibukawa Hot Spring Village, over the Madono Pass, and to Senyuji Temple, the Pilgrimage Site 58 on the list of Buddhist temples. Nibukawa River Hot Spring distinguished for its beauty, offers day trips to enjoy hot spring baths.
Road to Sakureizan Senyuji Temple（16.5km）
Spots to photograph
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
Nibukawa Valley is a scenic spot that has been designated as Okudogo Tamagawa Prefectural Natural Park and has been selected as one of the 100 best natural places in Ehime. The Kiji River flows with highly transparent water created by the rich forest along with the beautiful valley, and the flow of the river makes a pleasant sound. In spring, cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and in summer, people enjoy outdoor activities such as playing in the river, camping, and barbecuing, but in autumn, many people come to see autumn leaves. In the quiet scenery, you can hear the murmuring of the clear stream, the chirping of birds, and the rustling of trees, and can get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and refresh yourself.
Nibukawa Onsen is said to have been gushing out since the late Nara period, and full-scale development began in 1871 when the former Imabari feudal lord built a hot spring resort and along with Dogo Onsen and Honya Onsen, it is known as one of the three hot springs of Iyo. The quality of the water is known as the hot spring of beauty, which is a simple alkaline hot spring with high radon content, and the moderate sliminess heals the skin. There is also a hot spring shrine and a hot spring stand at the entrance of the hot spring village. It will relieve your fatigue by soaking in the hot springs and gazing at the rich nature of the Nibukawa Valley through the windows.
Nibukawa Seseragi Koryukan
The Nibukawa Seseragi Koryukan is a central facility to stop for hot spring bath at Nibukawa Onsen. In addition to several types of bathtubs, there are also open-air baths, Jacuzzis, saunas, and rest rooms, so you can spend a relaxing time here. In February 2021, the Nibukawa Medaka Aquarium is open on the 2nd floor, where you can enjoy various types of Medaka.
Intersection with Prefectural Route 154
It came out at the intersection with Prefectural Route 154 and Toyo Tamagawa Line. From here, proceed to the prefectural route in the upstream direction of the Tamagawa, a tributary of the Sosha River.
Intersection of Prefectural Road 154 and Prefectural Road 163
You came to the intersection of Prefectural Road 154, Prefectural Road 163, and the Nibukawa-Iyo-Oi Station Line. From here, follow Prefectural Route 163.
Here is the parting with Tamagawa flowing in Imabari city. Head for the window pass.
The window pass is a pass of 315 m above sea level, and is the shortest route connecting Senyuji Temple, the destination. From the top of the pass to Senyuji Temple, the road that goes down the mountain path for about 500 m is the original Shikoku road, but it seems that it cannot be passed now. So use the paved city road as a detour.
Eifukuji Temple No. 57
Eifukuji Temple No. 57 is at a distance from the Shikoku road. In Eifukuji Temple, during the early Heian period (810-824), Kobo Daishi, who lamented a marine accident in the Seto Inland Sea, prayed for peace, and Amida Nyorai appeared on the sea, and it is said that the temple was built as a principal image. Jizo wearing a red hat welcoming at the entrance are popular. Note that the priest was the author of "I am a Monk", which was made into a movie with the same name, and was played by actor Atsushi Ito.