Posted by: Ayu
Hi there! This is Ayu from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.
This is the Part 3 of my trip to Yamanashi.
If you haven't read the Part 1, please check it out --> Part 1, Part2
After visiting Kofu Castle Ruins, I took a bus from JR Kofu station.
This red bus is a special excursion shuttle bus connecting JR Kofu station and main tourist spots in Kofu city.
Unfortunately, this bus is not in service anymore.
It was in operation just during the special exposion period of Kai Zenkoji temple.
The exposion of their sacred Buddha is from April 5th to May 31st this year, and only once in every 7 years!
During this period, so many people are visiting the temple.
I visited there on weekdays, so it was not very crowded.
If you visit this temple, I strongly recommend to enter the main hall.
I refrained from taking photo as it's sacred place, but don't miss the huge dragon drawn on the ceiling.
It is said that you can hear the voice of the dragon if you clap your hands under the dragon.
Don't forget to tray it if you visit there!
Also inside the main hall, don't miss ''O Kaidan Meguri''.
There is a tunnel in the underground of main hall.
As you follow the tunnel, there's a key hung on the wall on your right.
However, inside the tunnel is completely dark, so you have to search for it with your hand.
If you can find it successfully, it is said that your wish will come true.
Actually, Kai Zenkoji temple is a branch of Zenkoji temple in Nagano.
If you have chance to visit the main one in Nagano, you can experience ''O Kaidan Meguri'' too.
After visiting the temple, I took the bus again to Takeda Shrine.
This shrine is built where there was a residence of Takeda family who used to have a dominant power in this city in 16th century.?
The shrine is not very old, built in 1919, dedicated to Shingen Takeda, the?legendary warlord.
It proves that he's been very popular even long time after his death.
I found someting interesting in this shrine.
It's called ''Takeda Suikinkutsu''.
''Suikinkutsu'' is a Japanese garden ornament.
A pot with a hole on top is buried upside down, and when water drops through the hole onto the pool of water inside the pot, it makes the sound similar to bell or harp.
You can hear the sound through the bamboo pipe (on the right)?which is connected to inside the pot.
It's one of the popular ornaments in Japanese garden, so you might have chance to find it in other temples, shrines or in gardens.
If you find it, please try listening to the sound and tell us what you think!
Well, this is all for today, and I'll tell you some souvenir from Yamanashi next time.
It will be the epilogue of my trip journal.
See you next time^^
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Posted by: Ayu (July 1, 2015 9:05 PM)