Wishlisted by Cavi Chan
1 Chome Tofukuji, Ikaruga, Ikoma District, Nara Prefecture 636-0105, Japan
a month ago
⭐⭐⭐★★ Built back in 1537, Inuyama is the oldest standing castle in Japan and one of only 12 castles to still retain their original central keep (though over the years it has seen extensive reconstruction work) and 5 to be listed as National Treasures. Being the castle otaku I am, I had to find a way to squeeze in a visit even if it meant trading a comfy bullet train seat with a rickety one-car commuter train. To my disappointment, both the castle park and the tower were tiny. The tower was under construction, so that might have taken away some of its charm, but basically its just a pile of the steepest stairs I've climbed so far in Japan. A few pieces of armor and utensils were on display, but that was about it. Being a hilltop castle type, the view from the roof terrace was quite nice since it was a beautiful sunny day. All in all, it wasn't to the levels of Yamagata Castle that I regret going there, but considering how notorious it is, I was expecting much more.
a month ago
A temple that takes you back to ancient time right in the middle of the busiest and most happening place Kuala Lumpur. Chinese sea goddess Mazu is worshipped here by all irrespective of origin.
a month ago
🍁⛩️ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Admission Fee: 300¥ A short train ride away from either Sendai or Yamagata City, stands Hojuzan Risshaku Temple, also commonly known as Yamadera. Exactly as the name (lit. "mountain temple") suggests, this temple is built into the side of a mountain. As I braved the gazillion steps to the top, I was humbled by the dozens of elderly climbing along with me. To my defense, after 1 week into my trip, I feel I should point out that my feet are wrapped in plasters from all the blisters I got from walking. The view from the top was breathtaking and well worth the climb (which is in fact not as difficult as I make it sound, and a round trip can be completed in around 1h). 🍙 Sanzai imodango. After the climb, head to Endo to try their shop's specialty soup. Leeks and mushrooms, together with potato dumplings are simmered in a delicious savoury soup that make for a perfect seasonal restoring snack.
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