The Pilgrimage Experience

About Haccho-zaka

Haccho-zaka Japanese Inn is located in between Temple 44 Daihoji and Temple 45 Iwayaji in the Kuma Highlands, Ehime. Haccho-zaka, meaning “8-cho Slope” (1 cho = about 109m therefore a 872m slope), is a beautifully scenic walking track leading to Iwayaji. It’s a very tough slope for henro walkers.

 

We opened our doors on New Years Day of 2012 providing cosy stays, fresh meals, friendly service and information about the area for travellers walking up and down the slope. You can leave your bags in our free lockers so you can walk more freely and easily. We are an oasis before you hit this tough slope in the Kuma Highlands.

Daihoji - Temple 44

Daihoji is very atmospheric located in a deep, beautiful forest setting, surrounded by moss covered trees and lush plants. The temple was founded in 701 and was rebuilt by Kobo Daishi many years after in the 9th century.

 

The air is clean and fresh and the path up completely manageable. Giant thick cedars are all the way up the climb.

Iwayaji - Temple 45

Iwayaji means, “Rock Cave Temple”. Even though the 600m steep slope is quite a challenge, this is truly a spectacular place to visit and explore. The path on the way up is lined with moss covered statues and trees. It smells great. It looks great. You are completely transported as you make the climb. Iwayaji is recognized as a national important cultural property and does not disappoint at all.

Directions

 

Daihoji > Haccho-zaka Inn

By Walk: about 1hr / 4.6km

By Car: about 10min / 4.5km

 

Haccho-zaka Inn > Iwayaji

By Walk: via Haccho-zaka Slope, about 2hr / 7km

By Walk: via Prefectural Road 12, about 1hr 40min / 7km

By Car: about 10min + 20min walk / 7km

 

*Recommended to take the Haccho-zaka Slope route to get to Iwayaji and take Prefectural Road 12 to for returning to Haccho-zaka Inn.

88 Temple Pilgrimage

HACCHO-ZAKA JAPANESE INN

1609-7 Shimohatanokawa Kuma-kogen-cho

Kamiukena-gun, Ehime 791-1212

Tel. 0892-41-0678  Fax. 0892-41-0677

Email. info@8-cho-zaka.jp   www.8-cho-zaka.jp

© 2017 HACCHOZAKA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

HACCHO-ZAKA JAPANESE INN

1609-7 Shimohatanokawa Kuma-kogen-cho

Kamiukena-gun, Ehime 791-1212

Tel. 0892-41-0678  Fax. 0892-41-0677

Email. info@8-cho-zaka.jp   www.8-cho-zaka.jp

© 2017 HACCHOZAKA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.