October 8th Sunday
Today we would get up, do morning service, have breakfast then onto the bus. We would be headed for Mt. Minobu. We would be making a couple stops along the way to see more historical and important Temples to the Nichiren order. As we traveled down the highway, Mt. Fuji became visible. The day was clear and beautiful.
We soon had hundreds of cars all decked out flowing past us on the highway. They were on their way to a rally. They would honk and wave as they passed us by giving a distraction from the long drive.
Our first stop would be at Kitayama Honmon ji. This Temple was founded by Nikko Shonin. After leaving Mt. Minobu he founded a Temple in Omosu but after some time he decided to leave and went just a stone throw away to Kitayama and build another.
Nichiji Shonin was the first overseas missionary. He would leave Minobu and travel to Renei Ji before leaving for China.
Our next stop after Renei Ji would be Mt. Minobu. We would chant Odaimoku as the bus passed under the main gate to Minobu. Even though we had been in Japan six days now and had seen many Temples the excitement was very high as we entered Mt. Minobu. We would soon be at Nichiren Shonin's Mausoleum and Kuon Ji the head Temple of our order. The bus would drop us off at our Bo. A Bo is a sub Temple which supports pilgrims. A Bed and Breakfast for pilgrims. Minobu has many of these kind of facilities as most are run by a family and can only handle a few families or a small group at a time.
Hinosawa Bo would be our home for the next few days. The steps to the entrance to the Bo, a picture of the valley seen from the front door of our Bo, the garden by the main door and our hosts are seen in the pictures above. After checking in we headed over to Nichiren Shonin's Mausoleum (below). We would do prayers there then wander up to Kuon Ji. Afterward we would have dinner then go down into Minobu village to go shopping. Then off to bed as it would be a early day tomorrow.