Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sacred Nachi Falls - Nachi no Otaki

Hiro-jinja Shrine is dedicated to the deified Nachi no Otaki. There are 48 waterfalls in these mountains but this waterfall is known as the "first one."

 





Sunday, August 13, 2017

Yukai Resort: Koshinoyu - 湯快リゾート 越之湯

Traveling in Japan helps a person appreciate the presence of being treated with hospitality and simple elegance.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hashigui-iwa Rocks - Part of Yoshino-Kumano National Park

This amazing formation of rocks was formed from magma coming up and cooling. The rocks in the foreground are parts of the magma that have been carried away from tsunami's. The rocks were exposed when the surrounding mudstone wore away from erosion.

The rocks are part of the Yoshino-Kumano National Park.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hashigui-iwa Rocks of Wakayama

This is a volcanic rock formation with a history linked to fabled Holy Priest, Kobo-Daishi. It was said that an ancient demon was jealous of the knowledge and wisdom of Kobo-Daishi. The demon dared Kobo Daishi to build a bridge connecting Kushimoto to Oshima Island in one night. Having almost completed the bridge except for the top stones, the demon pretended to be a rooster and faked a morning call, forcing Kobo-Daishi to honor his agreement and not finish the bridge.

Information on this formation is here.