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Spot report – Riding Steam Locomotive (2020-02-10)

Webmaster went to ride a steam locomotive (SL) in Yokokawa of Gunma Prefecture last weekend.   Tokyo (shinkansen 0:55) Takasaki (local train 0:35) Yokokawa @   The steam locomotive stars from Yokokawa Station, which is a small station located at the Eastern foot of Usui Pass. The railroad extended to the other side of the pass until 1997 when Bullet… Read more →

Spot report – Otsuka Museum of Art (2019-12-18)

Webmaster visited Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima Prefecture last week. https://www.o-museum.or.jp/   This museum is of fine art ceramic reproductions. The museum houses more than one thousand reproductions of treasured Western artworks in actual size, from ancient frescoes to modern paintings.   Although all exhibited are reproductions, but those are reproduced (printed on ceramic boards) very detailedly. Moreover, visitors… Read more →

Spot report – Takayama (2019-11-22)

Webmaster visited Takayama three weeks ago. Takayama is a small city in the central mountainous region, which maintains an atmosphere of old Japanese town.   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 1:45) Nagoya (express train 2:25) Takayama @   Sakurayama-hachiman Shrine   Takayama Festival Float Exhibition Hall   Miyagawa Morning Market and colored carp in Miyagawa River.   Jin’ya Morning Market   Historic… Read more →

Spot report – Aquarium Sagamihara (2019-08-26)

Webmaster visited Aquarium Sagamihara in Kanagawa Pref. this month.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:55) Sagamihara (bus 0:25) Fureai-kagakukan-mae @   The entrance hall and an approach to the main exhibition room.     This aquarium isn’t very big, but has fine exhibition of fresh water life of Sagami River which is the largest river in the prefecture.    … Read more →

Season’s topic – Wild Hydrangea (2019-08-23)

Webmaster found a wild hydrangea “tama-ajisai (Hydrangea involucrate)” in Hakone.   The buds on top of sprays. Its name “tama” means a ball because of the shape of the bud.     It starts to bloom.       Now in Bloom. End. Read more →

Spot report – Yugyo-ji Temple (2019-08-07)

Webmaster visited Yugyo-ji Temple in Kanagawa Pref. last week. Yugyo-ji Temple is the headquarters of Jishu sect. The temple has the long history since 1325, although the original buildings are not left.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:44) Fujisawa (walk 0:15) @   It needs to walk for 15 minutes from Fujisawa Station. Once passing through the Somon Gate, visitors… Read more →

Spot report – Oyama-afuri-jinja Shrine (2019-08-06)

Webmaster visited Oyama-afuri-jinja Shrine in Kanagawa Pref. last week.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:14) Shinjuku (local train 0:54) Isehara (bus 0:25) Oyama-cable (walk 0:15) Oyama-cable (cable car 0:06) Afuri-jinja (walk 0:05) @   From the bus stop, it needs to walk for 15 minutes to the station of cable car.     There are souvenir shops and restaurants along… Read more →

Spot report – Choan-ji Temple (2019-02-11)

Webmaster visited Choan-ji Temple in Hakone last week.     Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:37) Odawara (bus 0:50) Sengoku (walk 0:05) @   You can encounter the stone statues of Rakan, there. Rakan are the honorific title of Buddhist disciples who have attained the high status of spirit.       Choan-ji temple started to make and set the statues in… Read more →

Spot report – Hakone-komagatake Ropeway (2019-01-31)

Webmaster took Hakone-komagatake Ropeway this week. It was a very clear day providing a nice view.   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:37) Odawara (bus 1:20) Hakone’en (walk 0:05) @   The bus trip started from Odawara Station.   As it was a weekday in winter, not so many people visit to Hakone. In fact I was the only passenger from the… Read more →

Spot report – Kamakura (2019-01-28)

Webmaster have a half-day-visit to Kamakura last week. It was a fine day and good to have a walk.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:46) kamakura @   Wintersweet or Japanese allspice (Chimonanthus praecox) flowers in the garden of Hasedera Temple. The yellow flowers match blue winter sky!     This is the great Buddha of Kotoku-in Temple known as… Read more →