Miyajima Island

A short tram ride from Hiroshima, is Miyajimaguchi, the gateway to the wonderful Miyajima Island and all its beauty. As you cross on the ferry and approach the island the O-Torii Gate situated just offshore grab s your attention, as it did for everyone on the ferry who rushed to one side to take the … Continue reading Miyajima Island

Koyasan

A train and cable car journey up through the mountains, south of Osaka, lies Koyasan A huge temple settlement on the top of Mount Koya. Koyasan houses a magnificent collection of temples  and monasteries along with the famous Okunoin Cemetery (we all know Gudge loves a Ceme). It is supremely picturesque in every way. Our … Continue reading Koyasan

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

In the southeast of Kyoto, set in the foothills of the Kyoto mountains,  sits a spectacular temple called the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. This shrine is particularly unique as it contains 10,000 torii gates (a gate that indicates the entrance to a holy precinct of a Shinto shrine. All are painted in vermilion red (considered … Continue reading Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine