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Japan 2017

Koyasan Okunoin

A mystic graveyard with over 20,000 gravestones in the midst of a towering cedar forest. Some graves are new but many are old and covered with moss. Some are forgotten and breaking apart. But surprisingly there is no sad atmosphere but… Continue Reading →

Overnight at a temple, Jimeiin, in Koyasan

We stayed one night at one of the temples in Koyasan. Jimeiin is a quiet, serene temple with beautiful gardens. We were welcomed by young monks and escorted to our traditional Japanese room, which overlooked two different, wonderful gardens. For… Continue Reading →

Koyasan

Koyasan is a beautiful Buddhist town with 117 temples and many more monks.

Kumano Kodo III

Kumano Kod?, from Hashinmon Oji to Hongu, stop at Yunomine Onsen. We have been walking parts of the Kumano Kodo for two days and today is 3rd day. Yunomine Onsen is a quaint World Cultural Heritage onsen village with hot… Continue Reading →

Kumano Kodo II

Kumano Kodo, from Hashinmon Oji to Kumano Hongu, 7km, 2h Starting at 3 pm (due to some car problem), which is late and the over-careful tourism office recommend that we take a torch light, we walked through a very beautiful… Continue Reading →

Kumano Hongu Taisha

The most beautiful Shinto shrine I have ever seen. After walking on the Kumano Kodo for two hours, we arrived at the main shrine past 5 pm. 

Kumano Nachi-Taisha

One of the main three shrines in Kumano, Nachi-Taisha, nestled in a dense mountain forest. A very picturesque pagoda was erected in front of the tallest waterfall in Japan (133m). We arrived around 3 pm and started from Daimon-zaka, walking… Continue Reading →

Kumano Kodo I

A short 3km walk. First along a fascinating coast and then over the Matsumoto Pass to Onigayo. Our first few steps on the famous Kumano Kod? – a UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage site. It’s the only pilgrimage UNESCO site in Asia…. Continue Reading →

Shima Peninsula

 

Ryokan Hoshidekan ??? in Ise

In Ise, we stayed at the super quaint, traditional wooden Ryokan (Japanese-style inn) Hoshidekan.  It is located near the river and in the midst of an old neighbourhood. This old building with tatami rooms is taken care of beautifully. Among… Continue Reading →

Ise Jing?

Ise Jing?, the most sacred Shinto shrine in Japan, on the Kii Peninsula, near Osaka. Going inside the deep-forested shrine compound, we felt awed by the mystic and spiritual atmosphere of the place… like the other hundreds of visitors. For… Continue Reading →

With a little help of a friend

Some amazing trees in one of Japan’s most important shrine, the Ise-jing?.

Today’s Bento Lunch

We had to go to Nagoya by train to get the driving license renewed. There are endless bento (lunch box) options at Nagoya station. Today’s choice…

Ohhhh – Matsusaka Beef

Wikipedia: Matsusaka beef (????Matsusaka-gy? also “Matsuzaka beef”) … is one of the most famous beef types within Japan and internationally, with a high fat-to-meat ratio. Within Japan, Matsusaka beef is generally considered one of the three top brands (known as Sandai… Continue Reading →

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