That's why there still exist many historical fire-proofed buildings in western district, where it was the center of the city. Higashi-honganji Temple, for example, is the first concrete reinforced temple in Japan and churchhes around there were suffered fires a few times and reconstructed early 1900. You can see brick buildings and they were also built against fires.
Today countermeasures against fires function well and we haven't experienced big fires recently.
Its women's large communal bathroom has three bathtubs. A Jacuzzi(40℃), a cypress bath(42℃) and ordinary bath(41℃). All of them are indoor and there isn't any open air bath. But the bathroom commands a superb view of spectacular Mt. Komagatake through large pane.
And it has ganbanyoku, or a hot-stone-bed bathing room. To enjoy ganbanyoku, you need to wear sweat suits such as pajamas or bathroabe while bathing. You can bring your own or you can rent a bathrobe with 300yen.
A leisurely soak costs 700yen. Shampoo and body soap are not equipped. Hot spring water here comes directly from its source and it is 100% pure spring water.
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I couldn't help shooting photos of this. It was really, really GOLDEN. It's three storied building and the first floor is not golden. I hadn't noticed it until I was told it.
Near the Golden Pavillion, there are pine trees trimed like a sailboat.
The building is surrounded by a Japanese style garden and some interesting spots are scattered here and there. The photo below is a small fall and a stone in the middle is named carp stone. Carps are believed to be dragons when they swim up a fall.
Although I had been told that it was a little garden beforehand, I felt a kind of dissapointment when I arrived there. I want to advise you, "Don't expect too much." Then you can enjoy the garden as you like.
You can enjoy the garden sittin on the veranda-like porch.
At this temple, you can find a water basin. Can you find four Chinese characters placed on the surface?
To go inside, for Japanese some transactions are needed beforehand. To get more information, please visit following site.
For tourist from overseas, if the fixed number doesn't reach yet, you are allowed to enter after some procedures. It's better to check the site below beforehand.
If you are not good at arranging the visit by yourself, there is a half-day tour or one-day tour in which the Palce is included in their course.
First, I had to wait outside of the Palace. Imperial Police guard the gate.
The first building explained to us was a waiting building for court nobles. There are three rooms and each has name of the pictured drawn on the sliding doors.
The most important building of this Imperial Palace is Shishin-den where important ceremonies were held, including enthronement of emperors.
The photo below is a building called Seiryo-den where everyday-life of emperors was carried out.
The world of Heian period that I learned at school existed in front of me. It was really interesting to imagine twelve-layered kimono clad Heian court ladies passing through the building.
You can see many historical buildings of Heian style and enjoy nature, too.
The photo below is a pond garden where emperors enjoyed the sight or walked around.
We could see plum blossoms were flourishing in a warm spring air.
Osaka castle was build by Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI at the end of 16th century. But later, the castle was burned down and repaired by Tokugawa Shogunate. All Japanese learn about the castle at school and I had imagined a huge castle until I visited. My first impression was "It's not so big as I expected."
But its stone-base that forms its moat and stone wall were specutacular. Here below is a photo of the biggest rock named Takoishi, or Octopus Stone. It has a stain whose shape looks like an octopus. Hence, the rock was named Tako(Octopus)-Ishi(Stone). (Sorry, you can't see an Octopus stain in the photo below. But you can know how big the stone is.)
When I entered inside of the castle, the sight surprised me a lot. It was like a hotel lobby. You can go up to the donjon by elevator. High-tech utilities are equiped. However, you don't have to be disappointed at those things. Many interesting documents and products are on display and you surely enjoy them.