|The path we took beside the Ashida River|
One of our little treks last week was to the Myooin Temple which is just across the Ashida River at the south end of town. There is actually a whole Shinto shrine/Buddhist temple complex in the area, so we just wandered from one to the other and enjoyed all of the beautiful buildings, cool architecture, and great statues. Here are some of the sights we saw:
The red, double peaked bridge that we crossed to the temple grounds
Once inside, we discovered the extremely friendly temple kitty. Theo showered her with all the attention she could have ever asked for.
We also found a fantastic and huge praying mantis. It was about 20 cm. long.
The small Temizu basin at the first temple
William enjoying everything from the confines of his stroller
The five storey pagoda is the fifth oldest in Japan.
The Temizu basin at the next shrine was an awesome metal dragon with water coming from its mouth.
A wider view of the last Shinto shrine that we visited.
It was a swelteringly hot and humid day and we were all very sticky and thirsty by the time we walked back to the apartment. All in all a great day!