Saturday, December 14, 2013

Okinawa travel report Part20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan,Nakijin castle

The last day of Okinawa travel .
The airplane departure in the evening.

Therefore, we have much time.

We have visited Okinawa repeatedly.
There are almost no place where we have not visited.

I decided to go to the northern part of Okinawa.
We will go to the northern part of Okinawa by a rental car.

Nakijin castle.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The sea which is visible from the upper part of a castle is very beautiful.

I use Okinawa Expressway for movement of the northern part of Okinawa from Naha.

Kyoda interchange. 
It is a terminal point of Okinawa Expressway.

Although it goes to Nakijin-son from there, it passes along Nago.

90 km distance from Naha.

The Nakijin castle has a large parking lot.

Parking lot
No charge.

There is a map.


The Nakijin castle is located in the northern part of the Motobu peninsula.
It is located in Nakijin-son.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.

World Heritage

There is not a building.
There, it is only a Castle wall.

The way which goes to a castle 

There are a light meal and a stand there.
There is also a ticket counter.
An admission fee is required in order to go into a castle.

A toilet is not in a castle.
A toilet is near a stand.

The outline of a castle can be clearly seen from a ticket counter.

The outline of a castle

If it goes into inside from the gate of a castle, there are stone steps.


There is a cherry tree.
A beautiful flower will bloom in January.

The way of stone steps

There is a large place in the end of stone steps.

In there, trees grow thick.


Main place.
There is a small shrine of fire God there.

Small shrine of fire God
Some places of worship are located in the inside of a castle.
It is the feature of the castle in Okinawa.

There is a place with views of the sea.

The place from which it got down to the back.
Shigema castle.

Shigema castle

Trace of the building are here.

Trace of the building

Main place seen from Shigema castle

Ouchi hara.

Ouchi hara
It's a great view.

Mimi-san in the Nakijin castle

Reef is Emerald green.
The outer is dark blue.

Blue sea
We can see Izena and Iheya island.

Izena and Iheya island

This is the shade of a tree.
There is a bench here.
Voice of cicadas can be heard.

Great view
I want to see this scenery in forever.

The stone steps of the way back down.

Of stone steps down

We can see the scenery different from the forward path.

We can see the blue sea ahead of the road.
We will go down towards the sea.

There is a shop on the way.

Juice of sugar cane.

Sugar cane juice machine.
We can drink the fresh sugar cane juice.

Mimi-san make sugar cane juice

We can make the juice.


It is very sweet and tasty.

Mimi-san to drink juice
Light taste.

It is cold and delicious .

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Yaeyama and the Okinawa travel report Part30 Katsuren Castle

The tourist resort which we visit today.

Katsuren castle. 

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

A parking lot is located at the entrance to a castle.
Since the parking is large,we can park easily.

A rest station and a toilet are located in a parking lot. 
The video about the Katsuren castle is shown. 

It is an uphill slope when I enter at the entrance to a castle.
The passage is paved.

Gentle slope
I reach the entrance to a castle when I advance earlier.

The entrance to a castle

The way is paved to here.
Even a wheelchair can arrive at it.

From here the passage is stone stairway made of the coral.


The castle consists of three portions. 

There is place of worship in the second place. 。

place of worship

The passage to the highest place is a steep slope. 

From the highest place, it can overlook 360 degrees. 

A view for the south

We can ride on an enclosure. 
However, the outside is tens of meters in height. 
Yoy may receive a serious wound when you falls.

A view for the north

The day when the wind is strong needs attention.

Kaichu road

There is a big stone in the center. 
This is also place of worship. 

place of worship

Don't step. 

place of worship

There is no stand here.

There is not the shade, too.
A parasol is effective.

Castle without the shade

Diorama of the castle

There is the vending machine of the drink.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Asuka cycling KHS Part04 Tachibana dera temple

I went to Asuka in Nara.

It is Tachibana-dera that we visited first in Asuka.

There is a signboard to Tachibana-dera in a road.

Signboard to Tachibana-dera

Admission fee 350 yen.


Tachibana-dera is a temple which has a connection to Prince Shotoku.

Prince Shotoku

The principal image is Prince Shotoku.
I learned that Prince Shotoku and Buddhism have a deep edge by the lesson of the history of a school.


A temple that The principal image is Prince Shotoku is unique.

The remains of a five-storied pagoda

There were some Prince Shotoku images in Hondo.

The inside of Hondo is the ban on photography.
Therefore, there is no photograph.

I went to get a Shuin.

However, I forget to bring a Shuin book.

Therefore, I bought a Shuin book.



It is written as "Shotokuden".

The highlight of this temple.

Two faces.
Human's right and wrong are expressed.

The right and wrong
There is Shinran saint image in the temple.

Shinran saint image

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tohoku travel report Part39 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan,Hiraizumi Chusonji

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan,Hiraizumi.

Hiraizumi Chusonji.
The temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism. 

The principal image is Amitabha Tathagata. 
The temple connected with Mr. Oshu Fujiwara. 
Konjikido Hall is famous. 

An approach is an ascent hill. 

This hill is called the "tsukimi-zaka". 
It is a cedar avenue. 

This hill that has some Buddhist temples in both sides is gone up. 



I went to Gikeido. 
I go also to Benkeido. 

Benkei and Yoshitsune


Hondo's gate

I get a Shuin here. 

Hondo's Shuin 


The votive picture of eyes

It is said that eyes have divine favor. 

My eyes worsened recently. 
Therefore, I visited to pray. 


Treasure hall. 

It is necessary to pay an admission fee here. 

An admission fee is paid
The visit ticket of the set with Konjikido is sold. 

Photography is prohibition. 

The hall that houses Konjikido Hall

Konjikido is hall on which gold leaf was stuck. 

A golden hall is indoors. 
It is for preventing degradation. 

An old hall 
The hall for the past golden hall is located at somewhere else. 
It can go into inside.

The Shuin of the Konjikido

I get a Shuin at the Konjikido.