Saturday, October 19, 2013

Yaeyama and the Okinawa travel report Part30 Katsuren Castle

The tourist resort which we visit today.

Katsuren castle. 

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

A parking lot is located at the entrance to a castle.
Since the parking is large,we can park easily.

A rest station and a toilet are located in a parking lot. 
The video about the Katsuren castle is shown. 

It is an uphill slope when I enter at the entrance to a castle.
The passage is paved.

Gentle slope
I reach the entrance to a castle when I advance earlier.

The entrance to a castle

The way is paved to here.
Even a wheelchair can arrive at it.

From here the passage is stone stairway made of the coral.


The castle consists of three portions. 

There is place of worship in the second place. 。

place of worship

The passage to the highest place is a steep slope. 

From the highest place, it can overlook 360 degrees. 

A view for the south

We can ride on an enclosure. 
However, the outside is tens of meters in height. 
Yoy may receive a serious wound when you falls.

A view for the north

The day when the wind is strong needs attention.

Kaichu road

There is a big stone in the center. 
This is also place of worship. 

place of worship

Don't step. 

place of worship

There is no stand here.

There is not the shade, too.
A parasol is effective.

Castle without the shade

Diorama of the castle

There is the vending machine of the drink.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Asuka cycling KHS Part04 Tachibana dera temple

I went to Asuka in Nara.

It is Tachibana-dera that we visited first in Asuka.

There is a signboard to Tachibana-dera in a road.

Signboard to Tachibana-dera

Admission fee 350 yen.


Tachibana-dera is a temple which has a connection to Prince Shotoku.

Prince Shotoku

The principal image is Prince Shotoku.
I learned that Prince Shotoku and Buddhism have a deep edge by the lesson of the history of a school.


A temple that The principal image is Prince Shotoku is unique.

The remains of a five-storied pagoda

There were some Prince Shotoku images in Hondo.

The inside of Hondo is the ban on photography.
Therefore, there is no photograph.

I went to get a Shuin.

However, I forget to bring a Shuin book.

Therefore, I bought a Shuin book.



It is written as "Shotokuden".

The highlight of this temple.

Two faces.
Human's right and wrong are expressed.

The right and wrong
There is Shinran saint image in the temple.

Shinran saint image

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tohoku travel report Part39 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan,Hiraizumi Chusonji

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan,Hiraizumi.

Hiraizumi Chusonji.
The temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism. 

The principal image is Amitabha Tathagata. 
The temple connected with Mr. Oshu Fujiwara. 
Konjikido Hall is famous. 

An approach is an ascent hill. 

This hill is called the "tsukimi-zaka". 
It is a cedar avenue. 

This hill that has some Buddhist temples in both sides is gone up. 



I went to Gikeido. 
I go also to Benkeido. 

Benkei and Yoshitsune


Hondo's gate

I get a Shuin here. 

Hondo's Shuin 


The votive picture of eyes

It is said that eyes have divine favor. 

My eyes worsened recently. 
Therefore, I visited to pray. 


Treasure hall. 

It is necessary to pay an admission fee here. 

An admission fee is paid
The visit ticket of the set with Konjikido is sold. 

Photography is prohibition. 

The hall that houses Konjikido Hall

Konjikido is hall on which gold leaf was stuck. 

A golden hall is indoors. 
It is for preventing degradation. 

An old hall 
The hall for the past golden hall is located at somewhere else. 
It can go into inside.

The Shuin of the Konjikido

I get a Shuin at the Konjikido.

Shirakawa-go and Hokuriku travel report Part02 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan,Shirakawa-go

UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Gassho-zukuri village.
Shirakawa-go's largest village and main attraction.

From Nagoya, it goes through Tokai Hokuriku Expressway. 
A nearby interchange is "Shirakawa-go" 

Stroll the village

A car is parked in a parking lot. 
If a bridge is crossed, there is a village.


Gassho-zukuri house can be seen. 
The old private house is built everywhere. 

Scenery of the entrance of a village 

There are many tourists. 
That will be because this is world heritage. 
There are also a lot of foreign tourists. 

Many tourists 

We can approach a Gassho-zukuri house. 
The house has a restaurant or a shop inside. 
In such a house, we can go into inside. 

There is also a house in which people live. 
In such a house, we cannot go into inside. 

Tourist home

The scenery seen from a distance is also wonderful. 
There are a rice field and a field. 
The flower is in bloom. 

Sunflower, a rice field, and a Gassho-zukuri 
Good scenery can be enjoyed. 

There is an observatory. 
The north side of the village. 
They are ruins of a castle. 

I recommend to go here. 
It is an ascent hill. 
The bus operates. 

The hill to an observatory
The village can be overlooked from an observatory. 

It is the scenery seen with the photograph. 

Gassho-zukuri village
There is a value in going there.

Return is a downward slope.