2019年03月25日

'Hokoku-ji' Buddhist temple in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, features remarkably beautiful bamboo forest.

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Talking about a bamboo forest, the one in Sagano in Kyoto is widely known, but a beautiful bamboo forest comparable with Sagano's can be found in Kamakura City near Tokyo. About 1 km west of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, an elegant Buddhist temple named Hokoku-ji Zen Temple stands in a quiet environment. This temple is not as big as 'Enkaku-ji' and 'Kencho-ji' Buddhist temple, both of them are the leading temples in Kamakura, however it was built in 1334 and is one of the oldest temples in this district. The ground of this temple is very well maintained, so that the visitors can enjoy the bamboo forest as shown in the first picture, dry landscape garden and old bell tower in the second picture while walking around the promenade. 'Maccha' powdered tea with Japanese sweet are available at a tea house in the bamboo forest. A little far from Kamakura Station though, this temple is worth visiting for all the people who have no time to visit Kyoto.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 20:06 | Kamakura | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年03月24日

'Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line', crossing Tokyo Bay from Kawasaki City in Kanagawa Prefecture to Kisarazu City in Chiba Prefecture, is a unique toll motorway.

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The total length of Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, built in 1997, is 15.1 km. This is made up of two parts, an undersea tunnel, 9.5 km long, on Kawasaki City side and a bridge, 4.4 km long, on Kisarazu City side. The picture shows a man-made island named 'Umihotal', a junction of the tunnel and bridge, which is equipped with a full-scale parking lot, many restaurants and observation deck aiming at a popular tourist spot. This junction is designed to be available to return the way one has come. In this connection, the bridge part is Japan's longest bridge and the tunnel part is Japan's 4th longest tunnel or the longest one among undersea tunnels.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 09:37 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年03月21日

Being found in the central Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido, the 'Oshin-Koshin Falls' is one of the 100 best falls in Japan.

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Oshin-Koshin means ' The lower part of a river where Yezo spruces grow in profusion' in Ainu, Hokkaido natives. This waterfall is the greatest one, with a 40 meter drop, among many in the Shiretoko Peninsula. Two small falls are combined into one big fall as shown in the picture, so this is called 'Sobi-no-taki', the fall featuring two beauties. If you climb the stairs to the observatory on the top of the falls, the stunning view of the Sea of Okhotsk can be commanded and this sea is occasionally covered with white drift ice in early spring. As this fall is conveniently located right beside Route 344, and a public toilet as well as a souvenir shop stand next to the big roadside parking lot, all the sightseers can easily drop by this beautiful scenery.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 12:01 | Hokkaido | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする