Ōkasedera Ruins 逢(相)鹿瀬寺跡、Meki Pass 女鬼峠

On July 2, 2017 I will be leading Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 students and faculty on a historical tour of sites along the “Old Road of Kumano” 熊野古道. Shortly after leaving Ise on the expressway, we’ll pass by the Ōkasedera Ruins 逢(相)鹿瀬寺跡 and Meki Pass 女鬼峠.

1. A map of the trail and sites of interest around it.

2. A sign at the head of the Meki trail explaining Ōkasedera Temple, which was probably built in the area just behind the sign over a thousand years ago.

3. The stone is an old signpost for the Kumano Road. It’s just down the street from the head of the Meki trail.

4. A Jizo statue further down the road from the trailhead for Meki Pass. It dates back to the 17th century. I’m in contact every day with stuff like this that’s hundreds of years old, but I still can’t help being amazed that this piece of history is still standing by the side of the road in a village.

5. An English-language guidebook containing information about Meki and other passes on the Kumano Kodō.