The trail, signed to Shosan-ji (Temple 12), leaves the temple compound at Fujidera.
After gaining a bit of elevation, a fine view opened up across the valley of the Yoshinogawa (Yoshino River).
From Chodo-an, the trail continued along the forested ridge. On this section, much of the path was level or gently undulating. Here's a particularly nice section of the trail. After awhile the path began a steady descent to the shrine of Ryusui-an.
After Ryusui-an, the trail pitched upward again, climbing to reach this statue of Kobo Daishi in front of a very large cedar tree (known as Ippon Sugi) at the shrine of Joren-an.
The final uphill push to Shosan-ji. It was uphill all the way, but I set a steady pace, didn't stop and was up at the top before I knew it. The sign reads henro korogashi ("where the henro falls down"), a reference to the steep nature of the path.