There is free lodging available for those that want it. It's nothing like a paid minshuku or ryokan, and is pretty spartan sometimes, but hey.... it is free (usually).
A new, Spring 2014, list is out in Japanese for those that can read it. I've uploaded the pdf file here.
Until i get around to translating it (which won't be in 2014), the below is a list that has been around for many years.
The below is a translation of an unofficial Japanese language list that is floating around the trail amongst Japanese henro. Several non-Japanese have used it as well and it seems that the locations listed are safe. The list below also includes some notes i added and some added by a 2009 henro at http://henro2009.wordpress.com/data/lodging/.
Tsūyadō = A small hut or building to spend the night
Zenkonyado = Same as Tsūyadō
Zenninyado = Free lodging offered to pilgrims in someone's home
Minshuku/Ryokan = Paid accomodation
A tatami mat is 90 x 180 cm.
Michi no Eki = Outdoors rest area with roof.
(Lastest data available: March 2009)
|Near Temple 1||Near Naruto whirlpool: Namasute Guesthouse. ¥2000 for henro. Food provided as settai. (090-7780-1273)|
|Near Temple 1||Near Naruto Station, Kousouku Naruto etc.: Fujiichigen. Has display of free lodging from Temples 1-88. Provides car as settai. ¥2000. (090-5717-9096)|
|Between Temples 5 & 6||Mizobuchi Kōmuten (construction company). ¥300. Water & Toilet|
|Temple 6||Tsūyadō. Tsuyado. 2nd floor of bell tower/temple gate.|
|Temple 8||Tsūyadō. In parking lot. 3 tatami mats in size.|
|Between Temples 10 & 11||Kamo no Yu Wake Zenkonyado (Kamo no Yu Onsen). Iyashi no sha. Free lodging, free bicycles, discount on entry to onsen.|
|Between Temples 11 & 12||Zenkonyado along the main prefectural highway, just after Ryuusui-an.|
|Temple 12||Hut in mikan orchard. May be able to use, but confirm beforhand. (088-677-0112)|
|Between Temples 12 & 13||Dōshinzen Dōjō near Jōsan-an. (090-2829-4260)|
|Between Temples 12 & 13||Hut. After the bridge at Kamiyama Onsen. Another hut in the parking lot.|
|Between Temples 12 & 13||Abe-san's Zenkonyado before Nabeiwasou. (Look out for white handwritten signboards.) ¥1000.|
|Between 16 and 17||Sakae Taxi. Zenkonyado. On the 2nd floor of office along Route 6 - mid-point to Temple 17. (088-642-1391) (Shower available?)|
|Between Temples 17 & 18||Covered shelter attached to the train station in the Meisui neighborhood, which is above the area around West Fire Station.|
|Between Temples 17 & 18||Shinmachi Onsen in Tokushima City. You canít stay here, but you get free entry to the Onsen.|
|Between Temples 17 & 18||Henro rest huts in front of Awa Odori Kaikan. (Super exposed in a large city — not recommended unless youíre really desperate)|
|Between Temples 19 & 20||JR Tachie Station (Unmanned station). Water & toilet.|
|Between Temples 19 & 20||Jūko-an (?). About 4 km from Temple 19. Prefab building, water, toilet, tatami. Look for signs at an abandoned bus stop.|
|Temple 20||Below Kakurinji, Temple 20. Can camp at an old, unused elementary school. (Toilet?) There is also a covered shelter a little further down the road.|
|Between Temples 21 & 22||Michi-no-eki Wajiki. Toilet & water.|
|Temple 22||Zenkonyado just after leaving Byōdōji, Temple 22. (Light work required in exchange for stay) Kikuya-san, 0884-36-2136.|
|Temple 23||Hashimoto Zdenkonyado, a old, refurbished bus about 1km before Yakuōji, Temple 23, on Route 55. Call Hashimoto Restaurant (in front of Yakuōji) at 0884-77-0880. Food settai, water, & toilet.|
|Temple 23||Ashiura Massage (Ask for Anand), in front of Temple 23.|
|Between Temples 23 & 24||Tōrushii Tea settai at Kriya Yoga Practice Hall (Kriya Yoga Taikenchi). 0884-77-2266.|
|Between Temples 23 & 24||Tsūyadō at Bangai 4, Saba Daishi (Yasakiji). Very nice and clean|
|Between Temples 23 & 24||Henro settai lodging in Kaiyō Town. 0884-73-2183.|
|Between Temples 23 & 24||Rest place in front of Kaifu Station. (nearby supermarket, water/toilet at station). Also a Daishido about 1km away from Kaifu bus stop.|
|Between Temples 23 & 24||Coffeeshop Hikōsen in Shishikui. Coffe settai for henro.|
|Between Temples 23 & 24||?? at Myotokuji in Ikumi. (japanese page 1)|
|Between Temples 23 & 24||Sakibama. Various places: bus stop, under the bridge, Daishidō (space for 1-2 people).|
|Between Temples 23 & 24||Tsūyadō. Toyo Daishi at Myotokuji (Toyo-cho, None). 4.5 tatami, water, & toilet.|
|Temple 25||Low bridge at the beach just before Temple 25. Can get water from the public park by the bridge.|
|Between Temples 26 & 27||Covered shelter at Kiragawa river; with toilet. Various other places: Rest place in parking lot of Kira Town Machinami-kan. Michi-no-eki Muroto. Michi-no-eki Tano. Park and bus stops in Nahari.|
|Temple 27||Tsuyado. Call to confirm availability as it's the temple on top of the mountain. (0887-38-5495)|
|Between 27 and 28||Tosa Kuroshio Railway (Gomen- Nahari line). Can stay the night in the train station building.|
|Between Temples 27 and 28||Zenkonyado. Along the henro trail near the Nishibun Station in Geisei Village. You must call ahead. Manager: Hagimori-san. 080-1995-4375.|
|Between Temples 27 and 28||Henro hut in Kōgami section of Kōnan City. Water and blanket.|
|Temple 29||Nishioka zenkonyado. Just before Temple 29; about 3 km after crossing Monobe River. 0888-63-3715. •¥300.|
|Between Temples 29 & 30||Covered shelter just before Kamohara City Offices. Water & Toilet.|
|Between Temples 30 & 31||Godaisan viewing platform. Water & toilet at Temple 31.|
|Temple 32||Zenkonyado. Just before the temple. 088-847-3341.|
|Temple 34||Tsuyado, but you must get your Nokyocho stamped.|
|Between Temples 35 & 36||Covered shelter just before Tsukajizaka Tunnel. Water & Toilet.|
|Between Temples 35 & 36||Just before Usa Ohashi Bridge (a little west, towards the bay) there is a remodelled bus stop with a place you can stay.|
|Temple 33||Tsūyadō. 6 tatami, water, toilet.|
|Temple 34||Tsūyadō. Shower, Must pay stamp (300 yen). Lauree says: Very plesant with shower, futon and duvet provided.|
|Temple 37||Tsūyadō (possible to stay in the garage). Call the temple first ( 0880-22-0376).|
|Between 37 and 38||New Saga Hot Spring (Saga-cho) (0880-55-7011)|
|Between 37 and 38||Tosa Seinan Big Park (Irino Matsubara, Okata-cho) - lots of space - good for camping|
|Between 37 and 38||On Route 321, there is a rest place at Suisha Restaurant (Tosa Shimizu city)|
|Between 37 and 38||Kubotsu Gyoko (Tosa Shimizu city, Kubotsu) - rest place, but get permission|
|Mihara course (37-38)||NPO Ikiiki Mihara Group (Mihara village) (0880-46-2203) has lodging for 2600yen|
|Beach course (37-38)||Michi no Eki - Meijika no Sato, Otsuki, Sukumo etc. tsūyadō at Kannonzaki Kannon (Tosa Shimizu city). Also other places to sleep outside|
|Temple 39||Tsūyadō - There is minshuku near the temple and is close to Asahi KenkoLand|
|Between 39 and 40||Tsūyadō at Matsuo Daishi Hall. (Matsuo pass. Border of Ipponmatsu-cho and Sukumo City)|
|Temple 40||Tsūyadō. 6 tatami. There is a Michi no Eki Misho, convenience store etc. nearby.
Lauree says: No futon but blankets. No nearby onsen.
|Between 40 and 41||Deai 121 (Uchikai village) get permission - possible to stay outside at Suno no Kawa park (water, toilet)|
|Bangai 8 — The bridge||Tsūyadō. 6 tatami (stores, hot spring, laundromat close by).
Lauree says: A bit dingy, but futon and duvet provided.
|Between 43 and 44||There are many places to sleep outside in Oda-cho, if you have a tent. But Dave Bolster warns that it is cold.|
|Between 43 and 44||Free place to stay for pilgrims. Miyata-san (Route 379, past Nagaoka tunnel) Also a Sennin Kinen Daishi Hall|
|Between 43 and 44||Tsūyadō at Doyama Daishi Hall (Oda-cho).
Dave Bolster says: This tsūyadō was my favrouite on the trip and can fit 10 henros.
Lauree says: A bit hard to find for a non-Japanese speaker, but facility with full kitchen and TV. Sort of frightening outhouse, though. No public onsen.
|Between 43 and 44||There is a zenkonyado for walking pilgrims called Ichiriki Minshuku near Temple 44.
Dave Bolster reports that this has shut down.
|Between 44 and 45||Rest place in front of Kokumin Shukusha Koiwayaso (lodging). Possible to sleep at various bus stops closeby|
|Between 44 and 46||Tsūyadō in the Kannon Hall of the Misaka pass along Route 33|
|Near Temple 45||The the lodging marked #8 on the map about 2.9 km before Temple 45 (Furuiwayasō) is an onsen. Dave Bolster says that there is also a Michi no Eki next door, even though it doesn't appear to be marked on the map. In addition, very near to this, marked with a green triangle on the map is a bus stop with a nice bench and a sliding, closing door.|
|Temple 47||Tsūyadō - (in the parking lot, 6 tatami, toilet, kitchen)|
|Temple 51||Tsūyadō - (Dogo Hot Spring 300yen)|
|Between 51 and 52||Matsuyama Youth Hostel (very cheap) (089-933-6366)|
|Between 53 and 54||Possible to sleep outside at the hut at the Michi no Eki along Route 196 (Hojo City, Oura) with water and toilet|
|Between 53 and 54||Daishi Hall (Hojo City, Asami) near JR Asami station. Stop by and ask at Coffee Shop Mikasa|
|Temple 56||Tsūyadō (Lauree says this is no longer a here.)|
|Temple 58||Tsūyadō (shower, water, toilet)|
|Between 59 and 60||Hut to the east of Michi no Eki Imabari Yu no Ura Hot Spring, possible to sleep there, water, toilet|
|Between 59 and 60||Not marked on the map, but Anthony says there is a nice new henro hut on highway 147 around kilometer 20 (about 7km before Temple 60).|
|Komeiji||Tsūyadō (Toyo-shi, Miyoshi) to the east of Nichikiri Daishi (pre-fab bdlg, 6 tatami). Bath house nearby.|
|Bangai No. 11||Tsūyadō. (Nihara-cho, Imai). Dave Bolster says that the caretaker asked for a thousand yen donation.|
|Between 59 and 60||Possible to sleep outside at the hut and Ozaki Yawata Shrine on the entrance path up to Temple 60 (water, toilet)|
|Close to Temple 64||Hut in front of Old People's Rest House east of Maegamiji (#64). Can sleep at JR Ishizuchisan station.|
|Close to Temple 64||There are various hot spring facilities such as Ishizuchi Hot Spring and Yutani Hot Spring (close to #64)|
|Between 64 and 65||Bujo Park (Saijo-City, Fukutake) possible to sleep on the east side of Kamogawa(river) (hut, water, toilet)|
|Between 64 and 65||Possible to sleep outside at Shimin no Mori (Niihama City, Funaki) along Route 11. Entrance is to the east of Daily Yamasaki convenience store.|
|Bangai 12||Hut (water, toilet). Niihama City, Doi-cho, Irino|
|Between 64 and 65||Stay at JR Iyodoi station or Iyosangawa station (water, toilet). There is a hut (water, toilet) at Togawa Park (Iyo Mishima City, Kami kashiwagi-cho)|
|Between 64 and 65||Tsūyadō at Mitani Daishi Hall (Iyo Mishima City, Nakasone-cho). 300m west of entrance to Mishima Park.
Lauree says: No futon or blankets, but there are some seating cushions that could double as futon. Pit toilets and washing water 1 1/2 blocks away from tsuyado.
|Between 65 and 66||It is possible to sleep outside at the bus stop in front of Minshuku Okado (3 tatami) on Rte 192 just before temple #66|
|Temple 66||Anthony says: "Temple 66 has sign indicating a tsūyadō, but i arrived too late to inquire."|
|Between 66 and 67||There is a Tsūyadō (12 tatami)at Shirafuji Daishi Hall (Kannonji City, Awai-cho) on the way to 67 coming down from66|
|Between 68 and 69||There is a hut (w/ toilet) at the Zenigata Observation Deck at Temple #68 and 69|
|Between 69 and 70||It is possible to sleep outside near the toilets in the parking lot of Motoyama Inari Park 300m just before temple #70|
|Between 70 and 71||It is possible to sleep outside near the kiosk at Michi no Eki Fureai Park Mino just below Temple #71|
|Temple 75||Ask at the temple office about Ms. Takemoto's Zenkonyado (house with bath)|
|Between 76 and 77||Zenkonyado. Mandala (Tadotsu-cho, Kuzuhara) 50m north of liquor manufacturer Kinryo|
|Between 78 and 79||Lodging and hot spring at Shikoku Kenko Mura (Udatsu-cho). Small hut 500m south of #79 along Route 11|
|Temple 79||Tsyūadō in cemetery. Very small, no windows, kinda funky (according to Anthony).|
|Between 82 and 83||A SenjuKannon Hall 50m west of Iwata Shrine and east of JR Oninashi station. Get permission at Mukai Const. 087-881-2922|
|Temple 83||Zenkonyado close to temple #83. Ask at the temple stamp office|
|Temple 85||Possible to sleep outside around the station at the bottom of Yakuri Cable Car or below temple #85|
|Between 87-88||Possible to sleep outside south of Abe Dental Clinic at Sekisei Tengu (Sanuki City, Nagao Higashi)|
|Between 87-88||Maeyama Park Camping Area (Nagao-cho) (water, toilet) OR under the roof of Michi no Eki Nagao|
|Between 87-88||Rest place to the east of Henro Salon across from Michi no Eki Nagao|
|Temple 88||Tsūyadō. Possible to sleep outside at the bus stop hut in front of the temple gate (shower, water, toilet)|
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