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Sasaguri Henro 88 Temple Foot Pilgrimage, Kyushu Island, Japan

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Sasaguri Henro 88 Temple Foot Pilgrimage, Kyushu Island, Japan

When I looked online at possible walks around Fukuoka and its surroundings, there was no mention of a pilgrimage.

One day, at our Japanese language school, a teacher mentioned it to us.
She also loves hiking, and upon hearing that we walked the 88 Temple Shikoku Henro pilgrimage last year, she told us that in the nearby town of Sasaguri, there is a similar pilgrimage that is much shorter and that we could probably complete in just a few days.

I couldn't find much information in English in the way of maps, temple information or details about the pilgrimage to help in our planning, so we decided to take the train from Fukuoka to Sasaguri and visit the information center there.

I was hoping that they would have a map or a brochure with some information in English that we could use to plan our walking route.

On a sunny weekend, we dressed in hiking clothes and wore our trusty pilgrimage shoes, and took the train to Sasagu…

Studying Japanese, Learning Japanese Manners, and Our Fabulous Time In Fukuoka

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Studying Japanese, Learning Japanese Manners, and Our Fabulous Time In Fukuoka 
Just as Fukuoka is gearing up for its grand annual Matsuri (festival), our time here is coming to an end.At least we did get a chance to see several of the festival floats, all decorated and ready to be paraded on the climactic day of the festival in mid-July.
We had a fabulous time in Kyushu, so full of fun, travels, new challenges and interesting adventures.
In the two months we spent in Kyushu, we visited a few Onsen (hot springs), continued studying Japanese and improving our language skills, and walked a small pilgrimage in neighboring Sasaguri, which took us seven days and allowed us to enjoy some quiet beautiful forest walks away from the busy city.We climbed mountains with nobody but the spirit of nature around us, and we visited and prayed in many old Buddhist temples.Beside learning Japanese, we learned techniques of how to draw Japanese Manga (cartoons), started learning how to read and write Kanji…