Estimated distance walked this day: 9 kms
Cumulative distance walked: 143 kms
The next day we walked up the hill to Kongochoji, Temple 26. It was another bright and sunny day. Since we didn’t have a lot of other plans for the day, we just continued up the coast, walking along the shore. From Nahari we caught the train and went up a couple of stops, getting off at Tonohama. We were a little early for check in, so we hung out at this place that sold pilgrim gear, knick-knacks, and had a small coffee bar. I chatted up the owners, and secured their agreement to watch our packs while hiking up to Konomineji the next day.
Then we went to the ryokan around the corner. Unlike our previous night’s deteriorating ryokan, this one was in fine shape. The place was packed with pilgrims ready to take on Temple 27 the next day.