From the former lake, formerly know as Hachirogata we went to the coast of Oga Peninsula, On the map below you can see the former lake surrounded by a thin blue line (canal) with roads that are unusually straight for Japan.
|Monzen, a small fishing village on the southern coast of Oga|
|On the sign here you can see in the bottom left series of maps that Oga used to be an island, when sea levels were higher. The explanation that the road was built by the Self Defence Force in 1959 highlights how relatively isolated the areas is.|
|Looking down from Chorakuji Temple|
|Looking down from Choraku-ji|
|I forgot to note what this is...it's at the entrance of the walking path to Goshado|
|.||The forest on the way to Akagami Jinja's Goshado.|
According to a local who I was talking to there,Akagami jinja (shrine) came into being during the Meiji era when the pressure was put on temples to become sites for Shinto worship. The Tendai temple, now a Shingon temple, became a shrine. I should have asked more specifics about the mechanics of this... Anyway, Akagami, which translates as red god/s, was the name of the mountain and the temple became a shrine as well.
|Torii on the way to Goshado|