From the heights of Kumano-nachi Grand Shrine, behold the impressive Nachi waterfall and the surrounding forest of Kumano-kodo!
Sébastien Duval photographed this landscape in Wakayama prefecture. You can see more on Inner Japan‘s photo gallery of Japanese landscapes!
Ancient trees welcome pilgrims on the routes of Kumano-kodo… Enter the forest, breathe and admire the landscape!
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Stumbling upon gorgeous landscapes in Hokkaido is always a pleasure; discovering these waterfalls and river near Mount Tokachi was a great moment! The trees were so green, the water so blue…
These waterfalls were photographed by Sébastien Duval. To discover other gorgeous landscapes from Japan, go to Inner Japan‘s dedicated photo gallery!
At the edge of this cliff on Mount Nokogiri? Breathtaking looking down… Breathtaking looking sideways… The forest is astonishing on clear days!
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Ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto city features many peaceful Japanese gardens with quiet ponds, rocks, lush pine trees, and other trees with leaves turning yellow, orange and red when autumn approaches…
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The top of Mount Shirane (near Kusatsu town, Gunma prefecture) is one of my favourite landscapes in Japan thanks to its beautiful lake contrasting with the surrounding soil…
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Mount Fuji offers breathtaking sights on cloudy afternoons: look at this mountainous landscape!
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My favourite hidden landscape in Japan is a coastal cliff at Dogashima (near Nishi-izu town, Shizuoka prefecture) due to a deep blue sea, visible layers in the rock, colourful deposits, improbable vegetation, and a mysterious cave… Ride a boat to see that landscape!
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During your stay on Iriomote island, a water buffalo with large circular horns can quickly take you across the sea to visit the botanical garden of Yubu island! It is great fun the first time and there is no way to get sea sick
Travel photo 1: Water buffalos ready to go to Yubu island.
Travel photo 2: Tourists crossing the sea in a cart pulled by a water buffalo
Travel photo 3: Iriomote island seen from behind a water buffalo!
During my autumnal trip in Okinawa, the driver even played an Okinawan musical instrument “sanshin” during the crossing Will you be that lucky too?
- Water buffalo = 水牛 (Suigyu).
- Iriomote island = 西表島 (Iriomote-jima), Yubu island = 由布島 (Yubu-jima).
- Okinawa prefecture = 沖縄県 (Okinawa-ken).
Read these silent prayers written on light wooden votive plaques “Ema” dancing with the wind this afternoon at the top of Kencho-ji Buddhist temple in Kamakura city, just beyond the stairs guarded by the statue of a tengu and numerous statues of karasu-tengu…
Prayer in Japanese: “くつやさんになれますように。” i.e. “May I become a shoemaker (shoe seller?).”, written in simple hiragana alphabet instead of difficult Chinese characters and signed by a young (?) Japanese boy.
Prayer in English: “My hope for 2014 is that my family and friends stay strong and healthy. I hope the woman I love finds happiness and learns to love again.” written by an anonymous foreigner (?).
Many other wishes were written on votive plaques decorated with a mythical tengu in blue robes holding a staff or with a Migawari-jizo-son (Jizo taking one’s pain and suffering in one’s stead).
May these touching/heart-warming wishes come true…
And You, what would You write on your “Ema” in Japan?
- Votive plaque = 絵馬 (Ema).
- Tengu = 天狗, Karasu-tengu = 烏天狗, Jizo = 地蔵, Migawari-jizo-son = 身代り地蔵尊.
- Kencho-ji = 建長寺, Kamakura city = 鎌倉市 (Kamakura-shi).