Today is 15 Nov 2017 We will be travelling to the Soni Kogen highland. Along the way, we will complete a short pilgrimage by visiting 4 temples.

Oka-dera 東光山 岡寺 (龍蓋寺)

An evil Dragon spirit was trapped under the stone by a monk. When it rains, the stone will rattle because the Dragon is trying to get out.

These wish making ball is for you to write your wish on a piece of paper, then placed into the wooden ball and hang it at the temple or bring it home with you.

Abe Monju-in 安倍文殊院

Houses one of the most beautiful statue of Manjushri from ancient times. At 7 meters tall it is inspiring beyond words. Upon entering, I was treated to a simple tea ceremony with sweets before being led to the main shrine. No pictures allowed.

Hasedera 総本山長谷寺

This temple has a gigantic Statue of guanyin carved from wood. It’s awesome if you are a fan of the bodhisattva of compassion. The autumn colours are still available.

Outside the temple is a small town that had thrived because of visitors to the temple since olden days.

The famous sushi wrapped in pessimon leaves of Nara

Morouji Soni Kogen Highland

The highlight of today is the pampass grass field on Soni Kogen highland. An entire mountains of pampass grass that turn silver and gold when the sun is setting. Swept by strong mountain winds, it resemble a sea of gold. Spectacular.

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