On Saturday and Sunday, we visited Yagoto. We stopped there briefly Saturday to try a restaurant, and then returned Sunday to see the temple there.
Saturday, we attempted to eat at Pupu Cafe, but were foiled by a surprise closing. We hopped back on the Tsurumai Line and went to Yagoto, a stop about 25 minutes from our home stop. After getting off the subway, we walked about 5 minutes to a vegetarian restaurant called Saishokukenbi. There were 3 choices for lunch – Daily set, Pasta set, and Sandwich set. We went for the Daily set, which was a soy chicken filet with many sides.
The main was really good, but I think that Yuya Cafe has better side dishes.
On the way back to the station, I took a couple of pictures of the local temple, Koushoji. Koshouji was built in the late 1600s. I couldn’t spend a lot of time there, because our coworker offered to drive us to a really cool baking store, and we had to get home to meet her.
The five tiered pagoda is 30 meters tall.
Also, here is something interesting – my mother-in-law asked me if everywhere in Japan was beautiful because my pictures always looked so nice. The above picture was VERY carefully lined up. I took one step the right to take this picture:
Taking nice pictures in Japan often requires creative camera angles!!
The statue outside of the temple.
The main gate with the pagoda in the background.
You can’t see it in the picture, but the wall in front has a cascade of water falling down it.
The pictures from here on are from Sunday’s visit.
The temple had a very large graveyard. I took this picture by placing my camera inside of a stone lantern in the graveyard.
We saw a cute cat lurking amongst the gravestones!
I managed to sneak up on the cat for this shot. He was not pleased.
The temple had a bamboo grove where we got to see all the different stages of bamboo growth!
A bamboo shoot. Bamboo shoots are FUZZY!! They feel like velvet.
The bamboo gets taller, straighter, and harder and begins to shed its fuzzy layer.
A close-up of the bamboo fuzz.
After venturing through the bamboo grove, we came upon the temple’s teahouse. The lady there was really nice and told us all about the events and classes at the temple and gave us a small tour of the teahouse area in English.
We tried the green tea and the wagashi (Japanese sweets). They were delicious!
The sliding doors in the room where we enjoyed our tea.
The view from the tea room.
The garden at the teahouse.
The dry garden at the tea house. There was a shape that kind of looked like a dancer in the gravel.
Another view of the dry garden.
The garden with the pagoda in the background.
A carving near the ceiling of one of the teahouse buildings.
An interesting fish shaped kettle outside of the teahouse.
A statue of a monk.
After the temple, we got back on the Tsurumai Line and headed to Osu Kannon to check out the market. There is a market on the 18th and 28th of each month.
At first, I totally thought this dog was fake. Until it moved. 😀
A cute komainu at Wakanomiya.
Men were fixing a portable shrine while we walked around Wakanomiya.
A hanging metal lantern at Wakanomiya.
The Inari Shrine at Wakanomiya was really pretty and had cool carvings on the sides.
The other side of the Inari Shrine.
This is a shot of the Nagoya Science Center. We didn’t go in, but the outside looked really cool!
That is all for now! The next post will be about Ran no Yakata – the Orchid Gardens in Nagoya!