Part 2 of my Michinoku Coastal Trail Walk (Hachinohe Section) where I headed to Ashigezaki Observatory.
Walking the Hachinohe Section of the 700km Michinoku Coastal Trail which runs along the Tohoku Pacific Coast. In this post, I cover the start of the trail to Kabushima Island known for being a breeding ground of black-tailed gulls, to Samekado Lighthouse.
Seeing nanohana (rapeseed) in bloom for the first time in Aomori Prefecture’s Yokohama Town, known for having the largest fields of nanohana. The nanohana here blooms slightly later than the rest of Japan from early to end May.
A somewhat scary trip to Nishinotakiryusui Temple, one of the temples on the 88 Shodoshima Temples Pilgrimage, mainly due to fact that no one was around. Failed to explore the especially interesting rock cave behind the main hall, which has legends surrounding the encounter between Kukai and a dragon.
In Part 2 of my coverage on the Yamanobe no Michi hike, I explored the rest of the shrines and temples after Omiwa Jinja, all the way to Isonokami Jingu.
A pleasant hike from Omiwa Jinja to Isonokami Jingu along what is said to be Japan’s oldest road – the Yamanobe no Michi which is mentioned in the Nihon Shoki.
Strolling around Korakuen, one of Japan’s most famous landscape gardens. Whilst conflicted of it’s “best three” rank, this was still an enjoyable visit evidenced by my return on the same night to see its night illumination.
A visit to Yashima-ji, the 84th temple on the Shikoku 88-Temples Pilgrimage during my trip to Yashima Sanjo. Originally founded by Ganjin of the Risshu Buddhism school, the now Shingon-sect of Buddhism temple worships the a wooden seated statue of Senju Kannon said to be carved by Kukai.
Stopping by Onoji temple on my way back from Muroji to see the giant Miroku Magaibutsu carving onto a cliff along the river of Udagawa. While popular during the cherry blossom season, the autumn delights in the temple is also not to be missed.
As the title says, this is the final part (fourth to be exact) of my Shikoku Mura exploration, the open-air museum showcasing structures from all over Shikoku Region dating back mostly to the Edo Period. This final part covers more family houses, a soy sauce warehouse, more storehouses and a western-style house turned tea-room.
Part 3 of my exploration in Shikoku Mura, the open-air museum exhibiting traditional buildings and structures from all over Shikoku Region. This time we take a look at the bark-steaming hut, more family houses and the Marugame Official Rice Storehouse.