2011年07月27日

'Jindaiji' Buddhist temple in Chofu City, Tokyo, is widely known throughout Japan by its specialty 'jindaiji-soba' buckwheat noodles.

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Over ten kilometers in the west of Tokyo, there stands 'Jindaiji' temple , the second oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo after 'Sensoji' temple in Asakusa. 'Sanmon' main gate with a thatched roof in the picture above is the oldest existing wooden structure in the temple grounds built in the 17th century, in addition one of the oldest Buddhist images and temple bells are worth appreciating. This temple is also distinguished for 'daruma-ichi' doll fair held early in March and 'jindaiji-soba' served at many 'soba' buckwheat noodles restaurants lining along the approach to the temple like in the picture below.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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2011年03月31日

Even a short waiting time for the connecting flight at Narita Airport can be utilized for visiting 'Naritasan Shinshoji' Buddhist temple, where Japan's traditional townscape is well preserved.

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'Naritasan Shinshoji', also known 'Narita-fudo', which is one of renowned Buddhist temples in Japan, attracts many men and women of all ages who play the safety of their family as well as the traffic safety. It has turned to be a bustling temple since a leading Kabuki actor 'Ichikawa Danjuro' became a believer in this temple and so he was nicknamed 'Narita-ya' in the 17th century.
'Shaka-do' in the picture above and other wooden buildings in the precincts are designated as important cultural assets. This temple can be reached from Narita Airport Station in 30 minutes including pleasant walk along the approach way to the institution of one kilometer long. The old view of the street in the picture below is that approach way with many traditional ryokans, pharmacies for harbal medicine,restaurants for 'unagi' eel dishes, etc.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2010年04月16日

The Tokyo-daijingu Shrine attracts many young women looking for their ideal marriage partner.

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This small-scale shrine in the picture in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo was built in 1880 as a branch of the Ise-jingu Shrine in Mie Prefecture, which is one of the most prestigious shrines in Japan. As the appearance of the shrine is very common, few people know that this is the place shinto style wedding ceremony began modeled after the ritualistic wedding of the Emperor Meiji and his Consort in 1900. Since then, a shinto-style wedding ceremony has gradually become popular among the Japanese that around fifteen percent of new couples hold their wedding in Shinto rites.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Msahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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