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  1. Izushi Castle Town

    Travel Izushi Castle Town

    Located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture, Izushi (出石) is also known as the "Little Kyōto of Tajima". The small castle town - merged into Toyooka in 2005 - is famous for its nostalgic atmosphere, its traditional Japanese architecture, and its very own kind of buckwheat noodles: Izushi-soba...
  2. Toyooka Travel Guide

    Travel Toyooka Travel Guide

    Toyooka (豊岡市) is located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture in the centre of the San'in Kaigan Geopark (山陰海岸ジオパーク). While the city stretches over 700 square kilometres after its merger with the surrounding towns of Hidaka, Izushi, Kinosaki, Takeno, and Tantō in 2005, the actual town centre is quite...
  3. Kinosaki Onsen

    Travel Kinosaki Onsen

    Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) is one of the oldest onsen resorts in Japan with a history that dates back to the 8th century. Kinosaki is located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture and was merged with Toyooka City (豊岡市) in 2005. The hot springs of Kinosaki are said to have healing properties, a fact that was...
  4. Nihonkai Tour 2018 - Day 7

    Nihonkai Tour 2018 - Day 7

    Typhoon No. 20 ('Cimaron') left flooded rivers, disrupted train services and several thousands of households without electricity in its wake, but caused no further havoc to Himeji. The post-typhoon high-pressure guaranteed perfect photo conditions (the photos below were taken with a smartphone...
  5. Jizō

    Jizō

    Jizō statues next to the Maniden at the Engyoji. Jizō is a bodhisattva believed to protect children.
  6. Shōrō 鐘楼

    Shōrō 鐘楼

    The Shōrō (鐘楼 Bell tower) constructed in 1332.
  7. Roof gable

    Roof gable

    Roof gable at the Matsudaira tombs at the Engyoji
  8. Kaizandō

    Kaizandō

    Kaizandō Temple at the Engyoji, an Important Cultural Property of Japan
  9. Frozen stone fountain

    Frozen stone fountain

    A frozen stone fountain at the Engyoji
  10. Jōgyōdō 常行堂

    Jōgyōdō 常行堂

    The Jōgyōdō Hall (常行堂) for meditation practice
  11. Jikidō 食堂

    Jikidō 食堂

    The Jikidō (食堂) Hall, also known as Nagado Hall, a refectory and an Important Cultural Property of Japan
  12. Dharma Chakra Buddha

    Dharma Chakra Buddha

    Dharma Chakra Buddha, the Teaching Buddha, at the Engyoji
  13. Daikōdō 大講堂

    Daikōdō 大講堂

    The Daikōdō (大講堂) lecture hall at the Engyōji, an Important Cultural Property of Japan
  14. Paper lanterns

    Paper lanterns

    Paper lanterns at the Maniden (圓教寺)
  15. Binzuru 賓頭盧

    Binzuru 賓頭盧

    Pindola Bharadvaja (in Japanese 賓頭盧, Binzuru, or 賓度羅跋囉惰闍, Bindora Baradaja) was one of four arhats asked by the Buddha to remain in the world to propagate Buddhist law (dharma). An arhat is a "worthy one" that has attained nirvana. Binzuru is said to have excelled in the mastery of occult and...
  16. Maniden 摩尼殿

    Maniden 摩尼殿

    Inside the Maniden (摩尼殿) at the Engyoji
  17. Maniden 摩尼殿

    Maniden 摩尼殿

    The main entrance to the Maniden (摩尼殿)
  18. Maniden 摩尼殿

    Maniden 摩尼殿

    The wooden structure supporting the Maniden (摩尼殿) at the Engyoji
  19. Maniden

    Maniden

    The Maniden (摩尼殿) at the Engyoji, rebuilt 1933.
  20. Votive stone plaques

    Votive stone plaques

    Votive stone plaques along the path leading up to the Engyoji
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