This is more of practical book rather than academic reading. You could call it a travel guide but the reason I bought is because it has some 60 pages dedicated to the Chichibu Pilgrimage.
The book basically guides you through the route, and it is especially helpful for those who want to do the pilgrimage by foot like me as it points out certain landmarks as well in case one would get lost. The section about the pilgrimage is divided into 6 part, each covering the route between certain amount of temple adding some extra, interesting places that might be of interest (as in walking from temple 1 through to 9, and so on). Another fact which I love about this book is that it has a list of suggested accommodation that you can book yourself into during your pilgrimage, somewhat organized by types and prizes.
This book would be my number one recommendation for those who want to do the Chichibu pilgrimage and want to plan the journey on their own, just like me. The book does not cover everything, but all the main bits are included in there and that’s what makes it so crucial.