Temples

Gifu Great Buddha

Great Buddha of Shoho-ji

The Gifu Great Buddha is a massive Buddhist statue located in Shōhō-ji in Gifu Prefecture of Japan. Completed in 1832 CE, it is the only Daibutsu created of wood and lacquer.

After a beautiful morning at Gifu Castle we were ready to proceed to our next destination in Inuyama But before we left the area, we dropped by to see the Shōhō-ji Temple – a rarely visited Buddhist temple near Gifu Park Shōhō-ji Temple Shōhō-ji Temple lies at a 5 minute walk from Gifu Park If you are already here to see the Gifu Castle, you might as well spend a few minutes exploring the unique Golden Buddha at this temple made out of lacquer Shoho-ji Temple The temple building looks very innocuous from the outside, for a
Izumo Taisha

Praying for love at Izumo Taisha

Izumo-taisha, officially Izumo Ōyashiro, is one of the most ancient and important Shinto shrines in Japan.

Izumo-taisha, also known as Izumo Ōyashiro, is one of the most ancient and important Shinto shrines in Japan No record gives the exact date of its establishment, but some of the oldest mythological stories of the country originate at this very place Located in Izumo of Shimane Prefecture, the shrine is dedicated to the god of nation-building, Okuninushi-no-okami, and it is said that, if you visit the shrine, you will have great luck when it comes to your love life and personal relationships How to reach Izumo-taisha I and my wife, Ranita, were staying at the Dormy Inn, just beside the Izumoshi Station Dormy Inn is a
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
Group of Monuments at Aihole

Group of Monuments at Aihole

Today we drive to Aiholi, said to be one of the first regional capital of the Karnakata region under the rule of the Calukyas. The town contains a large number of early Hindu temples and shrines including some outside the walled site that mostly date from the 6th to 8th century CE when the city was at its zenith of prosperity and power.

Today we drive to Aihole, said to be one of the first regional capital of the Karnakata region under the rule of the Chalukyas The town contains a large number of early experimental Hindu temples and shrines that date between the 6th to 12th century CE It was a beautiful morning as we left for Aihole The heritage town is about 35 km from Badami and 11 km from Pattadakal, both of which are major centers of historically important Chalukya monuments Highway to Aihole Along the way we passed vast spaces of empty terrain with nothing but brown bushes The desolate landscape
Pattadakal Group of Monuments

Group of Monuments at Pattadakal

Pattadakal, also called Paṭṭadakallu, is a collection of temples from 7th and 8th century CE Hindu and Jain temples in northern Karnataka. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is a historically significant cultural center and religious site to witness the structural tastes during the times of the Chalukya dynasty.

Pattadakal, also called Paṭṭadakallu, is a collection of temples from 7th and 8th century CE Hindu and Jain temples in northern Karnataka Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is a historically significant cultural center and religious site to witness the structural tastes during the times of the Chalukya dynasty We were staying in Badami, which is just about 23 km from Pattadakal The drive to Pattadakal is beautiful Surrounding by empty vastness along a beautifully paved road, you will find the ride very satisfying Road to Pattadakal The heritage site falls on the main road and very easy to find using Google Maps The
Cave Temples of Badami

Cave Temples of Badami

Today we hike up a small hill in the quaint town of Badami, in northern Karnataka, to explore the rock-cut cave temples dating back to the 6th century. Primarily commissioned during the times of Chalukya reign, the temples provide an insight into the Indian architecture that influenced the next generation of sculpturing style surrounding regions of south India.

Today we hike up a small hill in the quaint town of Badami, in northern Karnataka, to explore the rock-cut cave temples dating back to the 6th century Primarily commissioned during the times of Chalukya reign, the temples provide an insight into the Indian architecture that influenced the next generation of sculpturing style surrounding regions of south India We were staying at Clark’s Inn, which in my opinion is the best hotel in this area It is also a good base, if you have Aihole and Pattadakal planned in your itinerary Both heritage sites are located within an hours drive from Badami Deluxe Room at Clarks Inn, Badami Badami
Hozomon Gate of Senso ji Temple at Night

The great Senso-ji Temple

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant, built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy.

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa district of Tokyo, Japan It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant It is a very busy place during daytime so I decided to escape the crowd by visiting early at dawn and then returning back late at night We were staying at APA Hotel Asakusa-Kuramae It is just a couple of minutes walk away from the Kuramae Station on the Toei Oedo Subway Line I had intentionally reserved this hotel as it is at a walk-able distance from the historic temple I left the hotel at around 6:30 am The skies were a saddening, dull gray as I made my
Showa Daibutsu in Aomori

Showa Daibutsu at Seiryu-ji

Today we head to the suburbs of Aomori to explore a very recently built temple grounds that boasts of Showa Daibutsu, the largest seated Buddha in all of Japan.

After a lot of ifs and buts, we eventually decided to visit the Seiryu-ji Temple The weather around Aomori had been overcast with regular spells of rains Seiryu-ji Temple (青龍寺) is located in suburb of Aomori city It has on its premises some beautiful buildings including a five-story pagoda built exclusively using Aomori Hiba wood Along with the temple grounds we were particularly interested in exploring the huge Showa Daibutsu, with height of 2135 meters, which is Japan’s largest seated bronze statue of Buddha, even larger than one of Nara or Kamakura Aomori Station to Seiryu-ji We took the earliest
Yamadera in Fall

Fall leaves at Yamadera Temple

Yamadera (山寺) is a scenic temple located in the mountains northeast of Yamagata City.

This journal is mostly about my Fall experience in Yamadera (山寺), a scenic temple located in the mountains northeast of Yamagata City When autumn deepens and the leaves begin to change color in the the fall months, hunting for autumn foliage has become a popular pastime in Japan Watching my friends post the mesmerizing beauty of Autumn forced me to also schedule my tour to Japan during this time of the year Mind you, this need to visit far off places to appreciate the beauty of autumn has been a custom since ancient time as depicted in “The Tale of the Genji” Even in the eighth century we have scenes that

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