The Wandering Scot

An occasional travel journal.
 

Japan, Spring 2018

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  Tokyo   Matsumoto   Kanazawa   Hikone   Osaka   Himeji   Inuyama   Nagoya   Nara   Kyoto   Matsue   Hiroshima   Miyajima   Hakata

Tokyo

Tokyo-jo Castle Remnants

Ote-mon Gate, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Ote-mon Gate
Ote-mon Gate, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Ote-mon Gate
Fujimi-yagura Tower, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Fujimi-yagura Tower
Base for old Keep, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Base for old Keep
Original Guardhouse, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Original Guardhouse

Tokyo: Senso-ji Shrine

Senso-ji shrine: entrance, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Senso-ji shrine: entrance
A very Japanese sign, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
A very Japanese sign
Aakusa Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Aakusa Shrine
Aakusa Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Aakusa Shrine

Tokyo: Meiji-jingu shrine, set in parkland

Meiji-jingu shrine: Sake offerings, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Meiji-jingu shrine: Sake offerings

Tokyo: National Museum

Merrymaking under Blossom Trees (NT)(17th c), Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Merrymaking under Blossom Trees (NT)(17th c)
Deep Bowl, 3000-2000 BC, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Deep Bowl, 3000-2000 BC
Clay Figurine, 3000-2000 BC, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Clay Figurine, 3000-2000 BC
Mandala of Deer of Kasuga Shrine (16th c), Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Mandala of Deer of Kasuga Shrine (16th c)
17th c Samurai Armor, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
17th c Samurai Armor
Tachi Sword, Tomonari, 12th c, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Tachi Sword, Tomonari, 12th c
Tachi Sword, Sukezane, NT, 13th c, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Tachi Sword, Sukezane, NT, 13th c
Naginata 14th c, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Naginata 14th c
Tanto Sword, Yoshimitsu, 13th c, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Tanto Sword, Yoshimitsu, 13th c
Katana, attributed to Masamune, 14th c, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Katana, attributed to Masamune, 14th c
Katana, attributed to Masamune, 14th c, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Katana, attributed to Masamune, 14th c

Tokyo: Ueno Tushuga shrine

Ueno Zoo Aardvarks, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
Ueno Zoo Aardvarks

Around Tokyo

Monument to the WWII Tokyo Bombings, Japan, Spring 2018
Monument to the WWII Tokyo Bombings
Shrine/Memorial to the WWII Tokyo Bombings, Japan, Spring 2018
Shrine/Memorial to the WWII Tokyo Bombings
National Diet, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
National Diet

57 miles East of Matsumoto, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
57 miles East of Matsumoto
27 miles NE of Matsumoto, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
27 miles NE of Matsumoto
16 miles NE of Matsumoto, Tokyo, Japan, Spring 2018
16 miles NE of Matsumoto

Matsumoto

Matsumoto-jo

Hidden (windowless) floor, Matsumoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Hidden (windowless) floor
Top Floor, Matsumoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Top Floor
Fire-Repelling Fish, Matsumoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Fire-Repelling Fish

Around Matsumoto

Cherry Blossom revellers, Matsumoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Cherry Blossom revellers
Entrance to Frog Street, Matsumoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Entrance to Frog Street
Matsumoto Timepiece Museum, Japan, Spring 2018
Matsumoto Timepiece Museum
53 miles NW of Matsumoto, Japan, Spring 2018
53 miles NW of Matsumoto

Kanazawa

Kanazawa-jo

Kanazawa-jo castle is mostly a rebuild, with only a few restored original structures.
Kanzawa-jo (rebuilt), Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Kanzawa-jo (rebuilt)
Rebuilt gate, Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Rebuilt gate
Ishikawa Gate (restored), Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Ishikawa Gate (restored)
Ishikawa Gate, Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Ishikawa Gate
Ishikawa Gate, Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Ishikawa Gate

Kenroku-en Gardens

Castle from Kenroku-en Gardens, Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Castle from Kenroku-en Gardens
Myouryuji, aka Nijadera, the “Ninja Temple� (1643), Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Myouryuji, aka Nijadera, the “Ninja Temple� (1643)

Old Samuari District

Old Samurai house (1), Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Old Samurai house (1)
Old Samurai house (1), Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Old Samurai house (1)
Takada family house: garden, Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Takada family house: garden
Nomura Clan home, Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Nomura Clan home
Nomura Clan home, Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Nomura Clan home
Nomura Clan home, Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Nomura Clan home
Nomura Clan home, Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Nomura Clan home
Nomura Clan home: Garden, Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Nomura Clan home: Garden
Nomura Clan home: Garden, Kanazawa, Japan, Spring 2018
Nomura Clan home: Garden

Hikone-jo

Note the roof beams, Hikone-jo, Japan, Spring 2018
Note the roof beams
Covered over gun slits, Hikone-jo, Japan, Spring 2018
Covered over gun slits
View to corner tower, Hikone-jo, Japan, Spring 2018
View to corner tower
Corner tower (away from main keep), Hikone-jo, Japan, Spring 2018
Corner tower (away from main keep)
Gatehouse Complex, Hikone-jo, Japan, Spring 2018
Gatehouse Complex

Osaka-jo

The keep is a modern ferro-concrete rebuild, but the moat and layout are authentic.
Note the accessibility elevator, Osaka-jo, Japan, Spring 2018
Note the accessibility elevator

Himeji-jo

Inuyama-jo

Hard to fully appreciate close up, but beautiful from across the river.

Nagoya-jo

The main keep is a rebuild, but the corner towers are original.
Palanquin, Nagoya-jo, Japan, Spring 2018
Palanquin

Nara

Sacred Deer, Nara, Japan, Spring 2018
Sacred Deer
Todai-ji Shrine, Nara, Japan, Spring 2018
Todai-ji Shrine
Squirming through a pillar..., Nara, Japan, Spring 2018
Squirming through a pillar...
Easy for some!, Nara, Japan, Spring 2018
Easy for some!
Kauga-Taisha, Nara, Japan, Spring 2018
Kauga-Taisha
Kauga-Taisha, Nara, Japan, Spring 2018
Kauga-Taisha
Please feed the deer!, Nara, Japan, Spring 2018
Please feed the deer!
Kofuku-ji Shrine: Five-Storey Pagoda (1426), Nara, Japan, Spring 2018
Kofuku-ji Shrine: Five-Storey Pagoda (1426)
Kofuku-ji Shrine, Nara, Japan, Spring 2018
Kofuku-ji Shrine
Kofuku-ji Shrine, Nara, Japan, Spring 2018
Kofuku-ji Shrine

Kyoto

Kyoto: Nijo Castle

The keep burned down in 1750 and was never replaced.
Base of old keep, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Base of old keep

Kyoto: Kinkaku-ji shrine

Golden pavilion, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Golden pavilion
Golden pavilion, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Golden pavilion
Kinkaku-ji shrine: Crowds, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Kinkaku-ji shrine: Crowds

Kyoto: Ginkaku-ji Shrine

Route to Ginkaku-ji shrine, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Route to Ginkaku-ji shrine
Original  Ginkaku-ji shrine (1482) (NT), Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Original Ginkaku-ji shrine (1482) (NT)
Kogetsudae, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Kogetsudae

Kyoto: To-ji Temple

Five-Storey Pagoda (1644), Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Five-Storey Pagoda (1644)
Kon-do Hall (NT), Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Kon-do Hall (NT)
Ko-do Hall, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Ko-do Hall

Kyoto: Kiyomizi-Dera Temple

Famous viewing terrace, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Famous viewing terrace
Under Rennovation, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Under Rennovation

Kyoto: Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine

A sprawling shrine complex, to Inari, the Goddess of rice, who uses foxes as her messengers.
The site is famous for its thousands of vermillion torii gates.
There are <i>thousands</i> of Torii gates, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
There are thousands of Torii gates
... and hundreds of fox altars, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
... and hundreds of fox altars

Around Kyoto

All Hail the Japan Rail Pass!, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
All Hail the Japan Rail Pass!
Higashi Honganji, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Higashi Honganji
Hōkanji Temple, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Hōkanji Temple
Chion-in Gate, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Chion-in Gate
Chion-in: Main hall closed for rennovations, Kyoto, Japan, Spring 2018
Chion-in: Main hall closed for rennovations

Matsue

Matsue-jo

Ishiotoshi: Slots for dropping stones, etc., Matsue, Japan, Spring 2018
Ishiotoshi: Slots for dropping stones, etc.

Matsue: Jozan-Inari-Jinja Shrine

Another shrine to Inari, Goddess of rice.
Jozan-Inari-Jinja Shrine, Matsue, Japan, Spring 2018
Jozan-Inari-Jinja Shrine
Many, many, fox statues, Matsue, Japan, Spring 2018
Many, many, fox statues

Around Matsue

My room at Ohashikan ryokan, Matsue, Japan, Spring 2018
My room at Ohashikan ryokan
Mysterious modern statue, Matsue, Japan, Spring 2018
Mysterious modern statue
Matsue Castle, in Lego, Japan, Spring 2018
Matsue Castle, in Lego
Protective fish, in Lego, Matsue, Japan, Spring 2018
Protective fish, in Lego

Hiroshima

“A-Bomb Dome”, Hiroshima, Japan, Spring 2018
“A-Bomb Dome”
“A-Bomb Dome”, Hiroshima, Japan, Spring 2018
“A-Bomb Dome”
Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan, Spring 2018
Memorial Park
Memorial flame, Hiroshima, Japan, Spring 2018
Memorial flame
Hiroshima-jo (rebuilt), Japan, Spring 2018
Hiroshima-jo (rebuilt)
Common Japan sidewalk feature: guide strips, Hiroshima, Japan, Spring 2018
Common Japan sidewalk feature: guide strips

Miyajima

Itsukushima shrine (on stilts), Miyajima, Japan, Spring 2018
Itsukushima shrine (on stilts)
Famous
Famous "Floating Torii"
Seniyokaku Five-storied Pagoda, Miyajima, Japan, Spring 2018
Seniyokaku Five-storied Pagoda
Hazy views from mountain top, Miyajima, Japan, Spring 2018
Hazy views from mountain top

Fukuoka/Hakata

Tocho-ji temple, Fukuoka/Hakata, Japan, Spring 2018
Tocho-ji temple
Hakata International Ferry Terminal, Fukuoka/Hakata, Japan, Spring 2018
Hakata International Ferry Terminal
Beetle Ferry to Korea, Fukuoka/Hakata, Japan, Spring 2018
Beetle Ferry to Korea

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