Kansai

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Night walk at 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 mountain, also named Inari, which is roundabout 230 meters in height Most of the shrine’s prominent structures are located right at the base of the mountain However, for the adventurous types there are numerous trails that lead right up to the summit of the Inari mountain, where you can find some very old
Todai-ji Nigatsu-dō

Sunset at Nigatsu-dō

Nigatsu-dō is one of the important structures of the Tōdai-ji temple in Nara. If you are here to know more about Nigatsu-dō, you already must be familiar with the Todai-ji temple, registered as a world heritage site, and one of the most revered Buddhist temples in all of Japan. I have visited Nara Park many […]

Nigatsu-dō is one of the important structures of the Tōdai-ji temple in Nara If you are here to know more about Nigatsu-dō, you already must be familiar with the Todai-ji temple, registered as a world heritage site, and one of the most revered Buddhist temples in all of Japan I have visited Nara Park many times Nigatsu-dō is located to the east of the Great Buddha Hall, on the hillside of Mount Wakakusa Even though I had visited the Nigatsu-dō temple hall earlier, it was only after one of my friends on Instagram posted a picture-perfect view of the evening sunset from here, that it became an
Deer at Nara Park during Fall

Fall at Nara Deer Park

One of the most amazing places to enjoy fall is at the Nara Deer Park in Nara in Kansai. The lavish park contains many momiji trees that begin to turn red and impart vivid red colors to the area. The roaming deer adds to the already beautiful canvas created by nature.

It is said a criminal eventually goes back to their place of crime My crime is that I fell in love with the heritage city of Nara Nara was the first capital of Japan and has a rich history that has kept me captivated since I first set my foot here in the fall of 2015 Nara Park is the central attraction of the ancient city and also one of the most amazing places to enjoy the fall season in the Kansai region The lavish park contains hundreds of Momiji trees that turn into red, brown, and yellow imparting a vivid range of colors to the area The roaming deer adds a touch
Ukimi-do Hall

Photowalk to Ukimido Pavilion

While on my evening walk today, I dropped in at Ukimido Pavilion. Ukimido is a hexagonal gazebo over the Sagiike Pond in an aloof area of Nara Park. During summer evenings the floating pavilion is illuminated and it feels very relaxing sitting in the center of the pond surrounded by enchanting lights.

Ukimido is a hexagonal gazebo over the Sagiike Pond in Nara Park The park is generally crowded with tourists all through the day, but they usually stay away from this area The airy structure in the middle of the pond, surrounded by herds of deer, is one place where I can find peace at any time of the day I have been to Ukimido in Nara several times before but never during the evenings A few days before I came across a flier at the Nara Tourist Information Center that had a cover photo of the pavilion at night It looked so immersive that I couldn’t miss photographing this lovely gazebo
Osaka Castle

The stunning Osaka Castle

I love walking around Osaka Castle in the evenings. The castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who ruled Japan in the latter half of the 16th century. The stone walls and moats surround the castle separating it from the bustling city. As dusk sets in, the sodium lamps light up the pathways surrounding the castle. The weeping sakura leaves along the wide moat briskly sway in the wind and the castle itself looks like a fantasy structure from the mythical age of dragons.

I dropped in at Osaka today to capture the stunning Osaka Castle in the evening light Osaka, Chūō-ku is the second largest metropolis of Japan It’s a bustling city with over 19 million inhabitants The city is well-connected by the subway During my first few days in Osaka, I used to feel very lost making my way through the confusing subway But I have made progress in the last few months and now am able to understand the routes better We started from Nara after lunch Nara to Osaka Castle We reached the Tembabashi Station at about 4 pm In my opinion its the easiest route to the Castle
Yasaka Pagoda

An evening at Yasaka-no-tō Pagoda

Today we take a walk down to Yasaka-dori in Kyoto to the stunning Yasaka-no-tō Pagoda. Built in 592, the Pagoda is the only standing structure of the Hokan-ji Temple. The rest of the structures have either been destroyed by fires or earthquakes over the years.

Today we take a walk down to Yasaka-dori in Kyoto to the stunning Yasaka-no-tō Pagoda Built in 592 CE, the Pagoda with the temple treasure (Yasakato-ezu) is the last remaining structure of the once flourishing temple of Hokan-ji The rest of the structures have either been destroyed by fires or earthquakes over the years Kyoto has many attractions for the wide-eyed tourists The Kinkaku-ji Temple, the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and the Fushimi Inari-taisha being my favorites, but if you are photographically inclined, the Yasaka Pagoda is not to be missed With its old city charm and cobblestone paths, the surroundings of this mystical place takes your breath away, especially during the evenings when
Horyuji Temple

Exploring the Horyu-ji Temple

Hōryū-ji is one of the seven great temples of Nara. Today we investigate the Pagoda at the grounds, said to be one of the oldest standing wooden structures in history. The tree used in the construction of the Pagoda dates back to 594 A.D. Can wood even survive that long!

Hōryū-ji (法隆寺) is one of the seven great temples of Nara The temple is a central artifact in the history of Japan and just invoking its name is enough to bring a sparkle in the eyes of most Japanese The original temple was commissioned by Prince Shōtoku in 607 CE and even though the complex has been hit by fire more than a few times, it still boasts the presence of the world’s oldest wooden building known to man Summer was upon us On a lazy Sunday, Me & Mani, left our dorm for Hōryū-ji at around noon In the steaming hot weather, with only the occasional breeze providing some relief, we walked
Uguisunotaki Falls

Hike to Uguisuno-taki Falls

Today I went on a hike to Uguisunotaki Falls, into the deep end of the Kasugayama Forest, surrounded by tall Pines, where even the Sun doesn’t dare to peep through.

I have been to Nara Park several times The ever popular Tôdai-ji temple and Kasuga-Taisha shrine are always crawling with inquisitive tourists, but today Mani & I wander beyond these cultural landscapes into the Kasugayama Primeval Forest The natural environment of Kasugayama is an integral yet invisible part of the shrines and temples in Nara Park The park is so large you could easily wander into the Primeval Forest, without even knowing it Kasugayama Primeval Forest is a primeval forest spread over 250 hectares, near the summit of Kasugayama It contains around 270 different kinds of trees Hunting and logging have been prohibited in the sacred forest since 841 CE As a
New Year at Todaiji

Ringing in the new year at Todai-ji

We decided to do something different this new year eve. We walked down to Todaiji at midnight to usher in the new year with the blessings of the great Daibutsu. For it is only during New Year eve that the upper doors, in front of the face of the Great Buddha, are opened so all can witness the eyes of the Daibutsu.

We decided to do something different this new year eve We walked down to Todai-ji at midnight to usher in the new year with the blessings of the great Daibutsu Todai-ji is the largest of the Seven Great Temples of Nara and one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara“ The roads were lit and the streets were empty Nothing new for someone who has lived in Nara even for a short amount of time Once we reached the Nara Park area, we could see some families walking towards the temple A group of deer were gathered under the street lights We came across some deer while walking towards Todaiji The narrow

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