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

2 of Aizu’s Breathtaking Onsen Towns

I recently visited two intriguing onsen towns in Minamiaizu. Yunokami-Onsen It’s not very often that you find a train station as picturesque as Yunokami-Onsen Station, with its thatched roof and traditional architecture, surrounded by distant mountains. I went to visit the area in winter, but here are some photographs of it throughout the year. ThatContinue reading 2 of Aizu’s Breathtaking Onsen Towns

Tenkyokaku – Meiji Dress-up & Curry Buns

Tenkyokaku, a lavishly decorated former Japanese villa, lies hidden away in dense foliage surrounding Lake Inawashiro. Imperial Prince Arisugawa Takehito decided to build Tenkyokaku after being impressed by Lake Inawashiro’s beauty during a visit to Tohoku, and named it Tenkyokaku 天鏡閣 (The Palace of Heaven’s Mirror) – The palace beside a lake so deep, clear and blue thatContinue reading Tenkyokaku – Meiji Dress-up & Curry Buns