Ise (Nov 2015)

By , April 3, 2016 7:13 pm

伊勢駅 Ise station

伊勢神宮外宮 Ise Shrine Gekū
The Ise Shrine (Ise-jingū) is the most important Shinto shrine complex.

河崎の町並み Kawasaki Street
There was nobody around. The Old-timey Buildings were quite nice.

We tried Ise Udon at lunch.

The noodles were thick and soft. The soup was tasty and not as salty as it looks.

伊勢河崎商人館 Ise Kawasaki Shoninkan(Merchant museum)
The building was originally a sake wholesaler (Ogawa Saketen) established in during the mid Edo period. Inside the building was quite spacious. There were a lot things to see.

商人蔵カフェ Merchant warehouse cafe

二見浦、二見興玉神社、夫婦岩 Futamiura, Futamiokitama shrine, Meoto Iwa

Oishiya Ryokan(Japanese style Inn)
The ryokan is steps from The Futamiokitama shrine.

We had dinner in the hotel room. We enjoyed a huge kaiseki meal. We were stuffed.

We borrowed an oil lamp from the hotel and went for a walk on the beach.

It was a sunny day and we had a relaxing time.

Nara (Nov 2015)

By , April 1, 2016 4:16 pm

Unfortunately it rained again in Nara.

法隆寺 Hōryūji
I haven’t been Hōryūji since a school field trip.
Hōryūji Temple was founded in 607 by Prince Shōtoku(聖徳太子 Shōtoku taishi). Horyuji is one of the country’s oldest temples and contains the world’s oldest surviving wooden structures.


There were many things to see in the temple, but we rush through.

東大寺 Tōdaiji
The Daibutsuden (大仏殿 Big Buddha Hall) is the world’s largest wooden building.
The Buddha is 14.98 m (49.1 ft)tall.

We didn’t have much time to visit the Nara museum, so we decided to go to the Kasuga shrine which we have visited before.
春日大社 Kasuga Grand Shrine
The shrine is famous for its many bronze and stone lanterns.

興福寺 Kōfukuji
Kōfukuji’s pagoda is a landmark and symbol of Nara. It was first built in 730, and was most recently rebuilt in 1426. The five story pagoda is Japan’s second tallest.

Dinner at Nikko hotel.

We were only in Nara one day, but we were able to visit many places.