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Youkoku-ji (aka Yanagidani Kannon)
27/06/2010 James Clarke

Youkoku-ji (aka "Yanagidani Kannon")

Nagaokakyo, Kyoto-fu, Japan view map

This is another of Nagaokakyo's beautiful temples, but this place is not so well know as Komyo-ji. Youkoku-ji (aka "Yanagidani Kannon") is set right up in the mountains about 5km to the south west of the city centre, it's considered to be the best place to see Hydrangeas in Nagaokakyo during the flowering season. During the Hydrangea season in 2010 Ritsuko, Emi and I caught the shuttle bus there from Nagaokakyo station on a Sunday afternoon. Not only were the Hydrangeas fantastic, but also we found it was a very beautiful temple complex in someways similar to Komyo-ji, but smaller. I especially liked sitting beside the shady carp pond (top right) at the back of the complex.
Access to Youkoku is easy during the Hydrangea (late May) and Maple (late November) Festivals, as there are shuttle buses running from JR Nagaokakyo and Hankyu Nagaoka Tenjin Stations. However at other times of the year private transport, taxi or hiking is necessary. Unless you are a very strong cyclist I wouldn't recommend cycling up there as the road is very steep and you'll probably be pushing the bike most of the way, but the return trip might be fun! It's quite easy to follow the road to get there, just keep following Azalea-dori in a westerly direction from Hankyu Nagaoka Tenjin Station passing the Nagaoka Tenmangu shrine and then turn left at the traffic lights on to Yanagidani-michi which will take you into the mountains and eventually to the temple. There are some Romanised signs marked with "Yanagidani Kannon" along the way.
Click here to view more photos from this outing.
25/03/2013 Note: Hi all it's been a long time since I've posted to pbase, more than eight months. I've been extremely busy with a few projects including helping my wife write and publish her latest book called “It was Him”. This new book tells our story of our first 3 years in Japan how God's hand guided and provided for us. It's available via Blurb, click here to check it out. I've got a lot planned for this Mission Japan PBLOG, so stay tuned. Additionally I'm working on a book project of my own which will also be published to our blurb site when it's ready. Plus for my latest photos check out my smugmug site. - James

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor 35mm f/2D AF
(tl) 1/640s f/2.8 at 35mm iso800 (tr) 1/80s f/5 at 35mm iso1000 (br) 1/249s f/5 at 35mm iso400 full exif

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Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)21-Apr-2013 20:13
Luv this series my friend.BV
Paolo
Kaden Kratzer02-Apr-2013 04:59
Beautiful images. V
Simon Chandler27-Mar-2013 21:16
Beautiful work. Love the composition and bokeh. v
Zoltán Balogh27-Mar-2013 14:13
A wonderful montage of your photographs James! Glad to see you're back to Pbase! :) V
shatterbug27-Mar-2013 08:40
Very beautiful...three great shots and a lovely presentation!
Sam_C26-Mar-2013 08:08
Gorgeous work, great caption and nice to see you back! BV!
Jean Chiasson25-Mar-2013 21:42
Beautiful image presentation James vote
Vickie BROWN25-Mar-2013 12:47
Taseful collage, very Japanese classical images and atmosphere, James. V
My hearty congratulations on your wife's book and I hope that you find your task a source of great joy and happiness.
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