5 Reasons to Visit Sazae-do

Sazae-do is a very special Buddhist temple. Constructed in 1796 entirely from wood, Sazae-do has a double-helix structure, meaning that those who enter Sazae-do will leave the building without encountering anybody traveling in the opposite direction. The one-way route of Sazae-do was introduced to avoid worshippers being disturbed during prayer. Originally there were 33 Buddhist statues (known asContinue reading 5 Reasons to Visit Sazae-do

Ouchi-juku Snow Festival

Ouchi-juku’s breathtaking snow festival is held on the 2nd weekend of February every year in Ouchi-juku, Minamiaizu. Ouchi-juku is a town with a rich history, and is well known having been used as a ‘post-town’ for travellers during the Edo period. The area includes 33 buildings which have been painstakingly preserved as they were hundreds ofContinue reading Ouchi-juku Snow Festival

Snow in Magical Ouchi-juku

Whenever I flick through a pamphlet filled with photographs of Fukushima, there is a certain photo that makes everyone go “oooooooooooh”: the photo of Ouchi-juku. It just so happened to begin snowing for the first time this winter on the day that I visited Ouchi-juku, which gave the whole day an exciting atmosphere. Upon arriving,Continue reading Snow in Magical Ouchi-juku