Tagged with temple

Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

I was going to post something longer this week, but this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is ‘H2O‘ and that appealed to me, so here’s another photo blog! When I thought of H2O, I thought of rain, and I immediately thought of this photo I took in Nagoya in 2009: I remember sitting by the temple … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Mount Shosha

Japan 2015: Mount Shosha

On Friday 18th December I set off on a mission. My plan was to visit Mount Shosha (書写山), the site of the temple Engyoji (円教寺) which was partially used in the filming of the Last Samurai. (I know, I know, most of it was filmed in New Zealand, some people really don’t like this movie … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Tokushima

Japan 2015: Tokushima

And so my journey continued! On Monday 7th December, working now rather than holidaying, I took the bus from Kobe across Awaji Island (淡路島) to Tokushima (徳島). This was my first time to visit any part of Shikoku (四国), and I have to say I was pretty excited! The journey across Awaji Island was stunning! … Continue reading

Japan 2015: A Return to Koya-san

Japan 2015: A Return to Koya-san

My first ever trip to Japan in 2006 was created around an article I had read in the Independent about a place called Mount Koya (高野山), or Koya-san as it is known in Japanese. I was determined to go and stay on this mountain in a temple and eat tofu with the monks who lived … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Kurama and Kibune

Japan 2015: Kurama and Kibune

On Saturday 28th November I strapped my hiking shoes on once again and set off for an autumnal hike in the northern mountains of Kyoto. My plan was to take the train from Kyoto to Kurama (鞍馬), then hike to Kibune (貴船) before returning to Kyoto by train. Kyoto is a great city, but in … Continue reading

Japan 2015: At Last – Samurai!

Japan 2015: At Last – Samurai!

I’ve travelled a fair bit in Japan and have researched about a lot of places I’ve yet to go, but one thing that always stumps me when asked is ‘where to go for samurai’. I mean, aside from just going to some castles, what is there to see? As much as I love samurai movies … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is on the theme of ‘Serenity‘, and the topic instantly made me think of a photo I took whilst I was in Tokyo last year at Zojoji temple. This little Jizo dude is just so serene, and not at all phased by the chaos of Tokyo all around him.

Japan 2014: Toyama & Takaoka

Japan 2014: Toyama & Takaoka

On Thursday 5th June I made a ridiculous journey. It was the kind of journey that, as a travel professional, I would have advised my customers against… but I was determined to fit everything in! So, I travelled from Sendai to Toyama (富山). I left Sendai just after 9am and should have reached Toyama at … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Matsushima

Japan 2014: Matsushima

In my last post I wrote about a morning visit to Shiogama (塩釜), and left you waiting for me to move on to Matsushima (松島). So, here goes! After visiting Shiogama Shrine, I made my way back to Hon-Shiogama Station and waited for the next sightseeing boat to Matsushima. It was a dull day, and … Continue reading