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  1. Tsukuiko Shiroyama Park

    Tsukuiko Shiroyama Park

    Inspired by Uehara-san's excellent article on Tsukui Castle, we decided to explore Tsukuiko Shiroyama Park (津久井湖城山公園) in Sagamihara. The hill on which the scarce remnants of Tsukui Castle rest lies in a scenic valley bordering Tsukuiko (津久井湖), an artificial lake created by Shiroyama Dam on the...
  2. Tsukui Castle

    Castle Tsukui Castle

    Tsukui Castle (津久井城 Tsukui-jō) was a mountain castle located on Shiroyama (城山), which rises along the Sagami River in western Sagamihara, Kanagawa. It was situated along a highway linking Sagami and Kai provinces along the Sagami River and was an important transport hub, bordering Hachiōji in...
  3. Kanazawa Hakkei (The Eight Famous Views of Kanazawa)

    Kanazawa Hakkei (The Eight Famous Views of Kanazawa)

    Kanazawa Hakkei (金沢八景) is a series of eight scenic ukiyo-e depictions of two villages in former Musashi Province, Mutsuurashō (六浦荘村) and Kanazawa (金沢村) Village located in modern-day Kanazawa Ward of Yokohama. It is also a common name for the area around Kanazawa-Hakkei Station on Keikyū Line...
  4. Gumyoji Temple

    Temple Gumyoji Temple

    Gumyō-ji temple (弘明寺), officially known as Gumyōji Zuiōsan Rengein (弘明寺瑞應山蓮華院) belongs to the Kōyasan branch (高野山派 Kōyasan-ha) of the Shingon School of Buddhism. It is located in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, and is the oldest temple in the city. It is the 14th of the 33 temples in the Kantō...
  5. Inariyama Komyoin

    Inariyama Komyoin

    Today, I chanced upon this odd temple in Noborito when I got lost on the bicycle. Its gaudy colours and lavish ornaments made me turn around on the spot to take a closer look. I assumed it was a new structure that belonged to some obscure sect, but Inariyama Kōmyō-in turned out to be a branch...
  6. Ōwakudani Ropeway

    Ōwakudani Ropeway

    Ropeway over Active Sulfur Vents Ōwakudani is a volcanic valley near Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, having active sulfur vents and hot springs. It was formed roughly 3,000 years ago due to the Hakone volcano's eruption. The picturesque scenery and volcanic activity make it a popular tourist...
  7. Odawara Castle and Shrine

    Odawara Castle and Shrine

    Odawara Castle and Shrine Live Walk During the Kamakura Period, Odawara was a stronghold of the Doi clan, and a fortified palace erected by their collateral branch, the Kobayakawa clan, existed on the approximate location of the current castle. The walls of Odawara Castle as the hub of their...
  8. Nio statue

    Nio statue

    Nio statue at Saifuku-ji in Enoshima (photo credit: Francesco Fiorucci https://www.flickr.com/photos/francescofiorucci/43977250854/)
  9. Enoshima Candle

    Enoshima Candle

    Enoshima Candle (photo credit: bethom33 https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/32481907931/)
  10. LOCAL FOCUS Vol.1: Kamakura & Enoshima

    Travel Book LOCAL FOCUS Vol.1: Kamakura & Enoshima

    LOCAL FOCUS - A Japan Guide to Nature, Culture, and Community, Vol. I: Kamakura and Enoshima is the first in a series of guidebooks featuring the charming towns of Japan, highlighting their unique natural environments and one-of-a-kind cultures and communities. It’s a convenient and handy...
  11. Funajima Inari Daimyojin

    Funajima Inari Daimyojin

    Funajima Inari Daimyōjin (船島稲荷大明神) on the Tamagawa.
  12. Ofuna Kannonji

    Ofuna Kannonji

    Ōfuna Kannon Temple (大船観音寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Sōtō school of Zen located in Ōfuna, northern Kamakura. It is famous for its reinforced concrete statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon. Shown here is the Sanmon Gate.
  13. Ofuna Kannonji

    Ofuna Kannonji

    Ōfuna Kannon Temple (大船観音寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Sōtō school of Zen located in Ōfuna, northern Kamakura. It is famous for its reinforced concrete statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon.
  14. Ofuna Kannonji

    Ofuna Kannonji

    Ōfuna Kannon Temple (大船観音寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Sōtō school of Zen located in Ōfuna, northern Kamakura. It is famous for its reinforced concrete statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon.
  15. Ofuna Kannonji

    Ofuna Kannonji

    Ōfuna Kannon Temple (大船観音寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Sōtō school of Zen located in Ōfuna, northern Kamakura. It is famous for its reinforced concrete statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon. Shown here the Atomic Bomb Flame Lantern.
  16. Ofuna Kannonji

    Ofuna Kannonji

    Ōfuna Kannon Temple (大船観音寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Sōtō school of Zen located in Ōfuna, northern Kamakura. It is famous for its reinforced concrete statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon.
  17. Ofuna Kannonji

    Ofuna Kannonji

    Ōfuna Kannon Temple (大船観音寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Sōtō school of Zen located in Ōfuna, northern Kamakura. It is famous for its reinforced concrete statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon.
  18. Ofuna Kannonji

    Ofuna Kannonji

    Ōfuna Kannon Temple (大船観音寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Sōtō school of Zen located in Ōfuna, northern Kamakura. It is famous for its reinforced concrete statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon.
  19. Ofuna Kannonji

    Ofuna Kannonji

    Ōfuna Kannon Temple (大船観音寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Sōtō school of Zen located in Ōfuna, northern Kamakura. It is famous for its reinforced concrete statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon.
  20. Ofuna Kannonji

    Ofuna Kannonji

    Ōfuna Kannon Temple (大船観音寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Sōtō school of Zen located in Ōfuna, northern Kamakura. It is famous for its reinforced concrete statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon. View of Ofuna.
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