Here are some of the “side trips” or “mini-stops” during my six months of traveling in mainland Japan.
Yet another “side trip” driving back home from Takato Cherry Blossom Festival and Matsumoto Castle was Narai in Nagano. It is a time-warped old town where buildings where kept as they were in Edo period. It features quick stop hotels of working and walking travelers back in the old times when transportation was limited.
It’s just so neat to know that there are places on Earth where Superman’s changing room still exist.
I saw this on my way to Horikiri Iris Garden in Tokyo, Japan …
…. and these “manimals”. 😀
Before witnessing Kawagoe’s Lantern Festival, we stopped by Kita-in Temple…
… where there are also statues of 500 rakans or disciples of Buddha.
It is said that each of the statues have different facial expressions, and that anybody could find their own resemblance to one of the statues.
I saw my own face when I took a selfie. Ha! 😀
If you ever visit Shibuya Scramble Crossing, do not forget to pay a visit to the statue of a faithful dog named Hachiko.
For those of who are unacquainted, Hachiko is considered a hero to the Japanese. Hachiko would go see his owner off to work in the morning at Shibuya Train Station, and went to go see him again at the same spot after work. One day, his owner never came back because he died while at work. Hachiko continued to come back to the train station in the morning and afternoon even when he already had a new owner. He became a celebrity as the story spread all over Japan. People would come by to see the dog wait and leave the train station. It continued for ten years until he died at a street near Shibuya Train Station.
There have been several movies about Hachiko, including one from the US. So if you haven’t seen the movie, then you made a huge mistake reading the paragraph. Ha! 😀 Ooops, my bad. 🙂
Last one …
There is a beautiful park across the street of the Squirrel Garden in Machida called Yakushi-ike Park. So better not miss it.
There are different flowers blooming here for every season.
I was here in July, and there’s an abundance of lotuses. I have no cheap joke to end this one. Ha! 😀
If you’re ever here in Japan visiting major places, perhaps one of these “side trips” maybe a good idea if you have time to kill. 😉