We stopped at Fukaura mostly for the temple - Engakuji - that is there. Hiro's mother was keen to visit it. The town is also home to an impressive art gallery - the gallery itself though is considerably more impressive than the contents. It's more aptly described as a folk museum with some pictures. The 300 yen entry fee per person is unlikely to come close to covering the wages of the people who work there. The rock formations off the coast here were beautiful and made it a very worthwhile place to stop off.
There was no train till after five in the afternoon so we opted to pay a seat reservation fee and take the Shirakami resort liner.
|Fukaura main street|
This temple apparently has something to do with good luck for your hair.
Perhaps to Hiro's mother's disappointment I wasn't very interested in
paying to have my hair blessed...so I didn't learn much about it...
|It's quite unusual to see Sanskrit so prominently|
featured in a temple.
|Sanskrit (I presume) carvings on rocks is also unusual.|
There wasn't anyone about to ask what the meaning of them is.
|This tree is huge. Many hundreds of years old. It's a focal point|
of the temple festival - a practice that would have its origins in Shinto
rather than Buddhism.
|The town art gallery - an impressive concrete buidling - they must have|
a local member with very good connections. It's hard to imagine
the town generating funds to pay the staff let alone the upkeep.
|Inside the art gallery - a display of Japanese farm goods from the not|
so distant past.
|Tanaka's ryokan - there IS somewhere to stay in Fukaura... information|
on accommodation is in short supply and almost non existent in English.
|Delicious shoga yaki set lunch.|