Although Tachiki Shrine is not large or imposing, it looked very pretty in the Spring sunshine with cherry trees dropping their pale pink petals over the paths. There are a number of statues of deer around the grounds, some of them very old-looking. You can reach it by walking along a street lined with cute old shops, and stop in at wonderful Kusatsu Juku along the way.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.