From a height of 500 metres we continued up a wide fertile valley, passing farmers planting their rice with little machines.
We left the road to climb over a pass of 710 metres in thick cloud, followed by hours of steep downhill to below 100 metres and the outskirts of Matsuyama.
Temple 46 Joruriji (Pure Emerald Temple) is one of the smaller Temples. In the grounds is a tree said to be more than 1000 years old as well as a hand and footprint stone of Buddha.
Next was Temple 47 Yasakaji (Temple of Eight Slopes).
Temple 48 Sairinji (West Forest Temple).
A young girl insisted I take her crucifix pendant and gave us bottles of holy water from Jonofuchi Park. Another henro camping at the park, as we did, gave us lucky sandals charms.
(33.7923 N 132.8107 E)