What an awesome gate. I can't remember if it's the same place, but I think I went here a few years ago, I went to several different areas and I'm pretty sure this is one of them. Either way, if I did go I'm certain I wasn't able to climb the stairs of the gate. I'd love to see the inside of it though. I guess it was built a little more than 200 years ago according to an article I was looking at. Also there are two statues of Nio on the other side, so I'm almost certain this was the place I visited, although I wasn't able to go to the main temple as it was getting late I believe. I'll have to go back to see it. I always hear how cool Setagaya is anyways and I never get a chance to go out there. Golden Week plans maybe?
東京都世田谷区奥沢 九品仏浄真寺 山門を覆う新緑の美しさに圧倒されます。
God the snowscapes of Japan just get better and better. I keep hearing and reading about Ouchi-Juku all over the place and it's really got me itching to visit. I really love these old post stations and their historic feel. The buildings are really rustic and just looking at them makes me feel comfortable and relaxed. I really love the thatched roofs as well. I can imagine enjoying some delicious soup and tea next to an irori and just letting all life's troubles be whisked away. Top it if with some hot springs and I can't even imagine a better way to relax. Apparently there's the hot spring Yunokami onsen about 15 minutes from Ouchi-Juku but I guess there's also a footbath in Ouchi-Juku itself as well? Or maybe it's in the same area as Yonokami Onsen, I'm not 100% sure on that. Hopefully it's heated either way 😂