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Kosenji Temple number 42 on the Kyushu Pilgrimage

Hachimanyama Kosenji Temple is at the eastern end of the Ebino Valley in the higjlands around the Kirishima Montains in Miyazaki. It is number 42 on the 108 Shingon temple pilgrimage on Kyushu.

It is a fairly modern temple founded in the early Taisho era, so is about 100 years old. I’m no expert, but it seems that the Gingko trees were a little older than that.

It has an unusual hnzon

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A Weekend Getaway To Fukuoka City

City view of Fukuoka

Maybe you’re not quite ready to leave Tokyo over the weekend just yet—we do recommend to keep staying at home! But, while daydreaming about your future endeavors, why not consider a weekend getaway to Fukuoka City? You are sure to find lots of fun for the whole family in Kyushu’s largest urban center with unbeatable cuisine and a rich and unique history and culture.

If you need reasons for a weekend getaway in Fukuoka…

Besides its renowned tonkotsu (“pork bone”) ramen, did you know that Fukuoka also has incredible meats for yakitori and yakiniku (grilled meat)? What’s more, it is the undisputed home base of other great and underappreciated Japanese soul foods, such as Mizutaki—a light chicken hot pot—and Motsu Nabe—an offal hot pot?

History buffs should also give Fukuoka a second look. Northern Kyushu was the historical point of contact between Japan and the Asian mainland as is evidenced by the many firsts which Fukuoka is famous for, like Japan’s first Zen Buddhist temple and first bowls of both udon and soba noodles!

Fukuoka City is a bustling metropolis in its own right with convenient shopping, delicious local coffee shops, and lots of kid-friendly eateries. If you want a little bit of everything that makes city life here so great, while still beating the summer heat and humidity, look no further than a weekend divided between Hakata and Tenjin, the two downtown districts.

Oh, and by the way, I love Fukuoka so much that after many many summers spent studying Japanese in its cafes and sustaining myself on late-night ramen, I decided to relocate here with my family. So, ready for a weekend getaway to Fukuoka?

How to get to Fukuoka from Tokyo

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Hibaku Jumoku: Survivors of Hiroshima

Hiroshima Dome

Like this post? Help us by sharing it! Ever since 1945, August 6th has been a big day in history. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the day an atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima. There are many stories that come from ‘the bomb’ which killed an estimated 140,000 people initially and […]

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Keishu-en Garden

Keishi-en is a fairly modern Japanese garden attached to Yoko Museum, a small gallery specializing in Chinese ceramics and art. The garden uses Mifuneyama as “borrowed scenery” behind the garden. It was designed by Kinsaku Nakane whose most well known garden is the one at Adachi Museum in Shimane.

There is a large pond filled with koi, behind which is a karesansui garden with many azalea

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