Buddhist Pilgrimage to 33-temples in 10-days

Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Various hotels in central Japan

Flag of Japan  , Kinki,
Thursday, April 1, 2004

Most people don't know this, but one of the best ways to really "see" Japan is to visit their temples.   Many are centuries old, and the history and culture of Japan are internally linked to the Buddhist religion.   Many of the cemeteries in Japan are associated with Buddhist temples, and the historically known practices of ancestor worship in Japan are
adaptations of Chinese customs (Confucianism).

Even today, my wife keeps a "butsudan" (Buddhist alter for the home) in our living room with a picture of her mother with it.  

The reason we participated in this Buddhist pilgrimage is because my wife is a Buddhist like her parents.  

We actually visited thirty-three temples in ten days; a very busy schedule hopping from one temple to the next in Central Japan by the following itinerary.  We started in Osaka, followed by Wakayama, Nara, Kyoto, Hyogo, Itami, Shiga, Biwa Lake, Himeji, Gifu, and Mt Koya, staying at the home temple's ryokan before making our way home.

This "travelogue" will consist primarily of pictures of the temples we visited without comment.  Our trip was extra special, because we visited Japan in April during cherry blossom season.  

Our minister and pilgrims:

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c.i.222 on

Eric, If you ever plan a trip to Japan, I highly recommend Kyoto as a must stop. It has the cultural history of Japan, and there are other sites nearby that should not be missed. You will see more of the "real" Japan at the Buddhist Temples that were built during the 7th and 8th centuries. If you have a day to spare while in Tokyo, take a train to Yokohama, and visit their Chinatown and silk museum.
Himeji Castle is one of the most beautiful in April (cherry blossom time).

Violet on

Enjoyed looking at pictures; brought back memories of my trips to Japan.

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