Spot Report

Spot report – Fuji Limestone Cave (2018-08-21)

Webmaster visited Fuji Limestone Cave (Fuji-do) last week. A tradition says this cave was found about 1,200 years ago by villagers, and some 400 years ago a Buddhist priest explored the cave and started to use it as the place for religious austerities. Since then, this cave became to be known widely.   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:37) Kumagaya (local train… Read more →

Spot report – Jigen-in Temple (2018-08-16)

Webmaster visited Jigen-in Temple in Takasaki City of Gunma Prefecture this week. Jigen-in Temple is also known as Takasaki Kan’non (or Byakue Kan’non) because of its huge statue of Kan’non deity.   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:55) Takasaki (bus 0:20) Byakuekan’non-mae (walk 0:02) @   When you get off the bus, you can already see the statue over the trees.  … Read more →

Spot report –NIFREL (2018-06-15)

Webmaster visited NIFREL last week.   Access: Osaka (local train 0:20) Senri-chuo (monorail 0:06) Banpaku-kinen-koen (walk 0:02) @ Admission:¥1,900 for adult   NIFREL is an “aquazoo”. It is not very large but the way of exhibition is very unique.                                        … Read more →

Spot report – Japanese Garden in Expo’70 Commemorative Park (2018-06-12)

Webmaster visited the Japanese garden in Expo’70 Commemorative Park (Banpakukinen-koen nihon-teien) last week.   Access: Osaka (local train 0:20) Senri-chuo (monorail 0:06) Banpaku-kinen-koen (walk 0:05) @ Admission:¥250 for adult.   This is a stroll type garden for 1,300m long from East to West for 26ha. Although it was rainy day, Webmaster enjoyed strolling in the garden.   As it is… Read more →

Spot report – Insectarium of Tama Zoological Park (2018-05-31)

Webmaster visited the insectarium of Tama Zoological Park this week.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:14) Shinjuku (local train 0:39) Tama-dobutsu-koen   The entrance of the park with a statue of elephant   After five-minute walk from the entrance, you can reach the insectarium which consists of two buildings.     Two large grasshoppers welcome you in front of… Read more →

Spot report – Mishima-taisha Shrine (2018-05-26)

Webmaster visited Mishima-taisha Shrine this week. (Japanese)   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:53) Mishima (walk 0:13) @   Webmaster started walking from Mishima Station. The exterior of the station building is associated with a shrine building.     Soon after walking for three minutes, Webmaster arrived at Shirataki Park where spring water is welling. It’s quite curious that springs gush… Read more →

Spot report – Katsuo-ji Temple (2018-05-19)

Webmaster visited Katsuo-ji Temple in Osaka Prefecture last week.   Access: Osaka (walk 0:05) Umeda (local train 0:21) Mino’o (taxi 0:15) @ Admission:¥400 for adult   Katsuo-ji Temple has huge precincts among forested hills. The spring new leaves were very beautiful.     After the entrance, Webmaster came to Sanmon Gate at first. Its vermilion body was very beautiful… Read more →

Spot report – Mino’o Waterfall (2018-05-16)

Webmaster visited Mino’o Waterfall last week.   Access: Osaka (walk 0:05) Umeda (local train 0:21) Mino’o (walk 0:40) @   You can approach the waterfall by taxi, too. It takes about 10 minutes from Mino’o Station to the nearest car parking, but Webmaster recommend walking.   A good footpath is provided from Mino’o Station along Mino’o River to the waterfall.… Read more →

Spot report – Shomyo-ji Temple (2018-04-21)

Webmaster visited Shomyo-ji Temple this week. It was fine day and new green leaves were very beautiful.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:09) Shinagawa (local train 0:33) Kanazawabunko (walk 0:15) @   Nio-mon Gate of the temple   The wooden statues of two Nio (the guardians) are on both sides.       The precincts can be seen through the… Read more →

Spot report – Museum of Musical Instruments (2018-04-10)

Webmaster visited Museum of Musical Instruments in Hamamatsu City last week.   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 1:30) Hamamatsu (walk 0:10) @   The entrance of the museum. As it was a weekday when Webmaster visited, the museum was not crowded.   There are four main exhibition rooms. The first room is for Asian and Japanese instruments. There are some 330… Read more →