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Think you know Kobe? JapanTravel.com takes you behind the scenes with a faceless ordinary square building that is has connected and transformed lives from around the world. There are Japanese services at 9:00am, 10:45 am and 7:00pm.
Enlightenment might be admitting defeat. Old Tiger Henro Part 9
Visitors to Yamaguchi in autumn should be sure to visit Kozan Park's Rurikoji & Toshunji Temples. A historic five story pagoda, one of Japan's 'Top 3' is especially beautiful when framed by vibrant red and yellow leaves.
The third stage of Enlightenment in Ehime: Part 7 of Old Tiger Henro's Shikoku Pilgrimage.
Gohyaku Rakan, Buddha's 540 stone disciples at Kitain Temple in Kawagoe.
A two day festival held every year. The local train station is also only open during the festival, Tsushima no Miya Station. The festival centers around a shrine on a tiny island connected to the mainland by a 250m bridge that is also opened only for the festival (the boards of the bridge are actually removed for most of the year).
Nada no Kenka is celebrated in Himeji on October 14 and 15. A festival where floats carried by more than fifty men appear to fight is a magical celebration full of color, energy and tradition.
The first day of Nada no Kenka is one of preparation. Watching the blessing ceremony for the floats and the after event are very rewarding experiences.