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... to the lack of any other creative outlet, be it work or play, I miss the venting it allows me.
This becomes the reason for my next destination and, more specifically, the method of transport there. Remember how I mentioned listening to a song on a Shinkansen a few blogs back? Well, I was traveling to Sendai then, which is almost 2 hours north of Tokyo.
When picking the place to head for next I searched for somewhere my JR pass could take me with no extra ...
... Bay where we could almost not find our hotel, but it was beautifully located on a small hill overlooking the Matsushima bay with the small islands.
We immediately were exploring the island that was accessible by the bridge and to capture some of the pictures when the sun was setting.
The hotel and onsen were really nice and the meal was excellent. All variety of sea food nicely prepared overlooking the bay -- just nice
... with it's "Golden Temple" and boat ride down a picturesque gorge.
The Hiraizumi area has quite a few shrines and is known as one of Japans heritage areas mostly because of the Chusonji Temple (sorry, no pictures allowed). It is known as the Golden Pavilion and dates back to 850 AD and is a Buddhist Temple that is nearly completely covered with gold ...
... 90's and will continue through 2017. Sorry, but photography was prohibited, so no pictures :o(
The it was on to Godaido Hall which is a small worship hall on Godaidojima ("jima" meaning island). It was reconstructed by Masamune in 1609. The "Go" of Godaido refers to the five enshrined statues (vividly colored esoteric Buddhist statues) which represents ...
... by brilliantly red bridges to the mainland. These house shrines-where the monks would vacation. The largest one is a natural preserve and was a great walk to de-stress and decompress from frenetic Tokyo and non-stop traveling. A museum, a teahouse, a snack and away again.