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After some minutesf walk  from Jison-in to Koyasan you will see the temple Shori on the right side of the gChoishimichih path. In its precincts the museum gShiyuenh, a paper adventure park, shows an exhibition on the theme of Koyasan paper. The temple Shori enshrines the Kannon of gwarding off evilh worshipped by Kobo Daishi, Kukai. Since Kudoyama was the main entrance to Koyasan, it is said that it used to be a very lively area, where the nobility, samurais, commoners and visitors stayed overnight. Walking gently through fields of Kaki and Mandarin plantations you slowly change your mind and realise that the trip becomes a real climb in front of the steep gradient.  Climbing up step by step you reach a panoramic platform for a rest. Passing the stone marker 163 you reach the area of Yamasaki in Katsuragi town, where the scene becomes very picturesque.@

@View from the gChoishimichih on temple Shori and museum Shiyuen@@
@Stone marker 163, published on each pamphlet

Panorama platform with view on Koyaguchi, direction Hashimoto and Takamiyama; the platform is also accessible by car

@In the area of the stone marker 160 to 157 the view of the environment is spectacular and tasteful ----- the picture we would like to put on the cover of the gchoishimichih pamphlet. Engraved on stone markers 158 and 159 is the name of Akita Josuke Fujiwara Tomo-omi Yasumori, whom a famous actor Yanagiba Toshiro played the role of as gAdachi Yasumorih in the television drama gTokimuneh of NHK. These two stone markers were offered by the chief mourner Yasumori in dedication to Hojo Tokisuke, who died young, and others killed by Hojo Yoshimune on February of Bunei 9 (1272). Walking farther up you will find a stone called gKayamaki-Ishih on the left side of stone marker 157. Kaya is a nutmeg tree, wood of which is used as high-class material for the game stones of the Japanese game Go, a kind of Japanese chess. From the seeds of this tree oil is squeezed. The local people tell that Kukai planted this tree for the purpose of having enough oil for the oil lamps on Koyasan.

From stone marker 157 view on Katsuragi town east

Stone marker 159 shows an engraving dedicated to the gFebruary rioth

Path around stone marker 159

Kayamaki-stone up on the left side stone marker 157

View of Mitdanibashi right down from Kayamaki-stone

@You will find stone marker 163, 323 m above sea level and stone marker 156 on the level called gZenitsubo 400 mh. Zenitsubo is a container for money and is the name of the area between stone marker 157 and 156. (see next page). Enjoy the beautiful view from stone marker 157. 200 m far away from the stone marker 154 on the left street you arrive at the point 477 m above sea level called gAme-biki-sang (mountain attracting rain) also Dainichi Yama (mountain of Mahavairocana Buddha). When the mountain is covered by clouds there will be rain, people say. Looking down, you will see the Kinokawa plain spread out in front of your eyes. This is one of the representative places, which commands a beautiful panorama of the Izumi mountain range. This is the place where you can worship Dainichi Nyorai.