A couple of weeks ago, when I was looking up something on the map around Daikumachi in Mito, I noticed that there is a shrine I have never noticed, but from its location I must have passed well over a hundred times by now. Admittedly most of these times were by bus, but also I have not noticed it in any information material I gathered over the years. Mito Hachimangu (水戸八幡宮み, とはちまんぐう) is located close to the above mentioned street and is still considered to be in the “romantic zone”.
The trip to Ota City took us to Kamatahachiman Jinja (蒲田八幡神社, かまたはちまんじんじゃ) first. After that we got lost on the way to our next destination and ended up at Haneda airport. From there we walked back to Anamori Inari Jinja (穴守稲荷神社, あなもりいなりじんじゃ) to look at the wonderful red gates. On our way there we passed a big red gate with the inscription “peace” pointing toward the airport. Our last stop was Ikegami Honmon-ji (池上本門寺, いけがみほんもんじ) and the adjacent park. We made it there without problems.
If you ask people from Tokyo or the area around it, then you’ll probably get only one opinion about Mito: countryside. In Japanese that’s called inaka. It is the vast […]
Gokoku Jinja (護國神社, ごこくじんじゃ) is one of my favourite shrines in Mito. It is located across from Kairakuen. Right next to it is Sakura Yama (桜山, さくらやま), which is most beautiful […]
Howaen park is a small Japanese garden located in the so called ‘Romantic Zone’ in Mito. It is a local attraction, which is maybe not so very well known, especially […]
A couple of weeks ago I first noticed this usually peaceful place: Zōjō-ji. Today there is the Myanmar festival happening, so it is quite packed. I like this temple for […]
It’s such a nice day today, it could almost still be summer. It is as Kyoto is telling me: don’t get rid of the shorts just yet. Our final destination […]
please don’t take this the wrong way. I think you’re beautiful. An avantgardistic master piece of architectonic art, but what are you doing in Kyoto? In a way you are […]
When we got to the temple it was already late and they were announcing the closing of the gates. What they also mentioned was that they would open the site […]
Better late than never, maybe, or so, so, so… We finally made it to the second stop of today’s program, but it was already getting dark. No way we are […]