Japan

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Today we go for a night photo-walk to Fushimi Inari-taisha, the head shrine of the kami Inari, located just a train stop away from the bustling city of Kyoto.

The first time I visited Fushimi Inari Taisha was way back in January of 2016 Since then I have been to the heritage site a couple of times but I never came around to writing about it Fushimi Inari-taisha (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of the Kami Inari, located in Fushimi-ku area of Kyoto The shrine sits at the base of a hill also named Inari, which is about 230 meters above sea level Most of the larger structures are located right at the base, however for the adventurous types, numerous trails lead right up to the summit of the Inari mountain where you can find some very old and interesting shrines
Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle is located in the city of Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The castle overlooks the Kiso River, which serves as the border between Aichi and Gifu prefectures. Inuyama Castle is one of only 12 original Japanese castles.

Located in the outskirts of Nagoya, Inuyama Castle is one of the 12 original Japanese castles Founded in 1440 CE along the Kiso river, it dominates the quaint town of Inuyama from its stunning position over the hill After an interesting morning at Gifu Castle, we took the JR train to Unuma Station From the station its a 25 minute walk to the Castle Please note that I used the JR line because I had the JR Pass on me If you are paying for tickets, it would be more meaningful to use the Meitetsu line and get down at the Inuyamayuen station which is a lot closer to the castle
Gifu Castle

Hike to Gifu Castle

Gifu Castle is a castle located in the city of Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Along with Mount Kinka and the Nagara River, it is one of the main symbols of the city.

Today is an interesting day as I get to explore two of Japan’s most beautiful castles in the Chubu region The first one, Gifu Castle or Gifu-jo, as it is called in Japanese, rests atop Mt Kinka, located in the city of Gifu in Gifu Prefecture The castle was initially established here as a fortress by Nikaido Yukimasa under orders from the Kamakura Shogunate in 1201 CE It was then known as Inabayama Castle The fortress was later renovated into the polished structure we see today by Saito Dosan who became master of the castle in 1539 In 1567 Oda Nobunaga invaded Mino and took control of
Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社, Yasaka Jinja), also known as Gion Shrine, is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. Founded over 1350 years ago, the shrine is located between the popular Gion District and Higashiyama District, and is often visited by tourists walking between the two districts.

Today I went to capture the beauty of Yasaka Shrine, one of Kyoto’s most prominent tourist spot Yasaka-jinja (八坂神社) is a Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto The shrine never lacks in visitors throughout the year due to the various festivals spread across the year For photographers like me, there is an added incentive that the gates to the shrine remain open at all times, which makes it possible to visit even at late hours when the crowds are comparatively less Me and my wife, Mani, were staying in the quiet town of Izumo in Shimane Prefecture After a lovely week in Shimane where we experienced a beautiful
Matsue Castle

The black Castle of Matsue

Matsue Castle is one of the few remaining medieval castles in Japan in their original wooden form. It is also known as the black castle due to its dark color. The castle is located near Lake Shinji, surrounded by many canals where tourists can take a memorable boat ride.

Matsue Castle in the Shimane Prefecture of Japan, is one of only 12 remaining medieval castles in their original wooden form The castle was built as a fortress over a period of five years and completed in 1611 CE by the local feudal lord and founder of Matsue City, Yoshiharu Horio The castle is sometimes called the “black castle” after its dark-colored exterior I and my wife, Mani were in Izumo for a few days We were staying at the Dormy Inn Hotel, adjacent to Inzumoshi Station It is a good place to stay if you are touring Izumo The hotel’s proximity to the JR train station is very helpful if you will be
Inasahama Beach

Inasahama Beach

Inasahama is one of the most sacred Japanese beaches located in Japan where Gods are said to have descended to make it their own country on Earth.

Inasa Beach (稲佐の浜) is one of the most sacred Japanese beaches located in Japan It is mentioned several times in Kojiki, said to be the oldest written chronicle in Japan The book written in ancient words and difficult to read even for the Japanese, speaks of ancient Japanese myths and the beginnings of the island nation itself According to the scriptures of the Kojiki, there are said to be 8 million gods The Amatsukami (heavenly gods) were ruled over by Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess & the most important deity of the Shinto religion Amaterasu is the daughter of Izanami and Izanagi who made their daughter ruler of the heaven The Kojiki
Sunset at Lake Shinji

Sunset at Lake Shinji

Lake Shinji is a lake in the northeast area of the Shimane Prefecture in Japan. The lake is the seventh largest in Japan, with a circumference of 48 kilometres. It is enclosed by the Shimane Peninsula to the north, and the Izumo and Matsue plains to the west and east respectively.

Lake Shinji is a lake in the northeast area of the Shimane Prefecture in Japan The lake is the seventh-largest in Japan, with a circumference of 48 kilometers It is enclosed by the Shimane Peninsula to the north, and the Izumo and Matsue plains to the west and east respectively We were staying in Nara From Nara, we were traveling to Izumo for a short tour of the heritage city The plan was to stop for a break at Lake Shinji and enjoy the beautiful sunset, it is very popular for Getting to Matsue from Nara In the early morning, I and my wife, Ranita, caught the
Evening at Kiyosu Castle

An evening at Kiyosu Castle

Today we explore Kiyosu Castle 清須城 – a place that the ruthless warlord Oda Nobunaga called home. Today the castle sits quietly in the mundane town of Kiyosu, but as once the capital of the powerful Owari province, its influence may have waned, but its importance to history has not.

Today we explore one of the hidden gems of Japanese heritage located just about 6 km northwest of Nagoya I am talking about Kiyosu Castle 清須城, a small castle with a long history, that the ruthless warlord Oda Nobunaga once called home Kiyosu Castle The stories of Kiyosu Castle is smeared in blood No surprises there as it played an important role in Nobunaga’s initiative for the unification of JapanAfter a violent takeover, with the assassination of Oda Nobutomo, the then clan leader of Kiyosu, Oda Nobunaga snatched the reigns of the province in 1555 CE At that time Nagoya used to be the capital city Following his ascent to the
Yokohama Pier at Night

Photowalk along Osanbashi Pier

We go on a photo-walk to capture the famous Yokohama skyline from Osanbashi, the oldest pier in Yokohama. The creatively designed wooden deck with steps, slopes, and benches are perfect for a relaxing evening among gentle sea breeze.

Today we dropped by at one of the most photographed areas in Yokohama – Osanbashi Pier(大さん橋) The pier was originally built in 1894, but was reconstructed in 2002 as a passenger terminal Its bold new design incorporates floor boards, with no stairs, beams or posts making it a unique experience with great views of the city We were in the Kanto region for a few days The weather had been a big disappointment We spent the early part of the day inside malls surrounding Shin-Osaka Station We found a Book-off store nearby Its a great place to find old series that are not in publication anymore and, I may add in pretty good

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