On Friday I took advantage of the Golden Week respite and took up the intrepid Rurousha on a suggested visit to Chichibu. I'd been there before, but not really been there temple hopping. It's one of Japan's more famous pilgrim circuits, but it's a place that there is very little English information about. It's a very pleasant Tokyo day trip, or weekend or even a few days. Thanks Rurousha for being so organised with maps and planning. My effort is bread rolls and chilling the umeshu... Tune in to her blog if you want to learn anything about the place.
|Kumagaya station - I've been told Kumagaya is one of the few places in |
Japan where you don't have to actively look for trouble to find it.
The Chichibu line crosses the JR Takasaki line / Joetsu line at Kumagaya
|Very thoughtful labelling of the ways to the temples.|
fortunately we didn't need to rely on English - especially
when you have a walking companion who is extremely adept
at planning and the use of google maps.
|A Japanese version of a Tim Winton novel. Wisteria draping over|
the front fence and clothes hanging on the line.
|White and purple wisteria, no pink. It is abundant in the mountains here.|
I don't think I'd ever considered wisteria as a plant that could grow naturally somewhere...
|Beautiful Bamboo behind sho rin ji|
Check ruruosha.blogspot.com for photos that might
come close to doing it justice.
|The fishing pond was peaceful, but more people than most places we came across.|
Catching fish in a fishing pond seems a bit like baiting goldfish in a fish tank....
maybe I miss the point.