Kagawa Roads of Shikoku

Mori no Michi

Mori no Michi

Mori no Michi is a smooth trail in general, and it takes about 2 and a half hours to complete it at a leisurely pace while taking breaks. The starting point, Sanpoji Temple, is home to the beautiful Bodaiju tree (Tilia miqueliana) that has been designated as a natural monument by the Prefecture. Located midway in the trail, Ouchi Dam offers a beautiful view of the lush green surrounding mountains reflected on its calm water surface. The nearby Ouchi Dam Park has a lawn area and playground equipment where you can fully enjoy nature and spend time relaxing while feeling the pleasant breeze.

Mori no Michi(7.1km)


Spots to photograph

Mizushi Shrine signpost

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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    Sanpoji Temple (Sanpouji)

    The temple's honorific mountain prefix is Ryuozan Hodoin. The beautiful Bodaiju tree (Tilia miqueliana) in the temple grounds has been designated as a natural monument by the Prefecture. Its pale yellow flowers are in full bloom in mid-June, and their faintly sweet scent wafts around the area. There is a Chisha tree (Ehretia acuminata) on the temple grounds, close to the south side of the shrine, which has been designated as a preserved tree in Kagawa. You will also find graves of Christians here.

  • 2
    Hoshigoetoge Pass

    This pilgrimage route is used by pilgrims going to the Mizushi Shrine and by those going to the Okunoin Yodaji Temple from Okuboji Temple, the last temple of the 88 temples in the Shikoku Pilgrimage. In the past, it seems to have been a "Bokka" (cargo carried by people) road for merchants to travel back and forth between Awa, Gomyo, and Nyunoyama. The route was also called "Jizo Pass" because two Ojizosan statues are enshrined on the left side of the trail, about 50 m from the south side of the pass to the north. These Ojizosan statues are also called Kubikiri Jizo and are still worshiped today.

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    Ouchi Dam

    Ouchi is a multipurpose dam that was completed in Showa 41 (1966) to improve flood control safety in the Yoda River basin, replenish water for agricultural use, and secure a new water source. The contrast between the surrounding mountains and the lake is beautiful, and the cherry blossoms and autumn scenery are also highlights of this place. Listening to the chirping of birds and enjoying the sound of the wind while looking at the beautiful reflection of the mountains on the lake's surface will soothe your soul. The Ouchi Dam Park is nearby. It has a lawn area and playground equipment where you can enjoy various recreational activities. You must spend some relaxing time in this space, surrounded by lush nature while feeling the pleasant breeze.

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    Mizushi Shrine (Minusijinja)

    This shrine is in the Engishiki (Register of shrines in Japan). It is located on the banks of the Yoda River, at the foot of the mountain near Ouchi Dam. All the main shrines in this complex are uniformly built in the Kasuga-zukuri style. It is said that both the Minamoto and Taira clans prayed for victory here during the battle at Yashima Dan-no-ura. Many stone tools from the Jomon period and earthenware from the Yayoi and Kofun periods have been discovered in the vicinity, and many cultural assets are kept in the Homotsuden (Treasure Hall). On the shrine grounds, stands a towering Inori cedar tree (a preserved tree by Kagawa) that is over 800 years old. In addition, the shrine is a natural habitat of many rare plants, including many ferns that grow together and has been designated as a nature conservation area by the Prefecture. This shrine complex is visible from above when walking along the embankment of Ouchi Dam.

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    Ishiburo (Stone Sauna)

    This is a Japanese-style sauna. This recuperation facility was popular among the samurai and general populace during the Edo period. In the sauna, unseasoned wood such as pine was burned, seawater was poured on it, and then mats were spread out over it for people to sit on. Shingu, Hongu, and Nachi were the three Ishiburos (stone saunas) in Mizushi, but none of them remain today. The Shingu sauna located in Furotani was famous in particular. There were many inns around it, and it is said that successive generations of daimyos often visited there. The daimyos stayed in the Hiromi Temple nearby. This sauna is the same as the "Tsukahara no Karafuro" (currently open) at Gyogien in Sanuki City.

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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