Ksitigarbha in Japan. Ksitigarbha has a unique place in Japan, however. As Jizo, the bodhisattva (bosatsu in Japanese) has become one of the most beloved figures of Japanese Buddhism. Stone figures of Jizo populate temple grounds, city intersections and country roads.
Asakusa Kannon Temple, which is also known as “Sensoji” is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo. Sensoji was built in 645 A.D with the finest Japanese architecture. Asakusa is a famous district in Tokyo, Japan located in the center of Shitmachi which literally means “low town” or “low city”.
Izumo-taisha's inner shrine was opened to the public for the first time in 60 years in the summer of 2008. On completion of the renovations, Ōkuninushi was returned to the inner shrine in a ceremony attended by over 8,000 people, held on May 11, 2013.
Mount Asahi Mount Asahi (AKA Asahi-dake) is the tallest mountain in Hokkaido and forms part of the Daisetsuzan National Park - a beautiful area of mountainous wilderness renowned for its excellent hiking, spectacular scenery and superb winter sports conditions.
14:00 Welcoming ceremony at Izumi Station. Meet your host family. The program starts with three to four participants per household. All participants together, a welcoming ceremony will be held at Izumi Station. Your host family will be there to pick you up. A group of three to four will be assigned to each host.
The Izumi Area is a spectacular area to view the crane migrations and visit Bansho Park (Akune City). a former illegal trade security station. The Izumi Area is located on the northwestern edge of Kagoshima Prefecture and faces the Sea of Yatsushiro. It is famous for the Izumi-fumoto samurai residences dating back to the Edo Period(17th to 19th century) and for being a popular rest site for migratory cranes.
Akiu is the nearest hot spring resort in Sendai, the hub city in Tohoku region; an area in northeastern Japan. The Akiu spa is historically renowned and is among the three oldest hot springs in Japan. The name “Sakan” came from a man named Kanzaburo Satoh” who first started a small Ryokan (Japanese inn) here in Akiu about 1000 years ago.
Day 1: Izumi – Yunoko Onsen (43km) Leaving Izumi we first visit Fumoto, the largest samurai residence preservation district of the once powerful Satsuma crown. Two residences are open to the public and offer a glimpse of old Japan. The old road rides along the old irrigation canal.