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Mt. Koya and Pilgrimage routes in Wakayama

Last year, I traveled to west of Japan, one of the world heritage sites in Japan. Mt. Koya, or Koyasan, is famous as a center of Shingon Buddhism. I visited there and enjoyed night tour which is conducted by Ekoin . Then I visited three Shinto shrines on the route of pilgrimage routes, Kumano kodo.

I took some photos of manhole covers there as usual. The first one was taken in Koyasan on the way to the night tour visiting site, Okuno-in. It's out of focus, sorry.
高野山ピンぼけマンホール

高野山の消火栓

There are a lot of important buddhist structures in Koyasan, for it has developed as a major Buddhist city in Japan.
高野山根本大塔

After leaving Koyasan, I visited three major shinto shrines on the Kumano pilgrimage route which was designated as a world heritage site. The photo below is Kumano Hongu Taisha.
熊野本宮大社
I stayed in a ryokan in Yunomine onsen and there I took the pictures below.
湯の峯温泉消火栓

湯の峯温泉マンホール温

Yunomine onsen's Tsubo-yu is aslo included in the world heritage.
つぼ湯

I bathed in the Tsubo-yu hot spring and it was really good.

那智勝浦のマンホール

The picture above was taken in Nachikatsuura and Nachi is famous for its Nachi Fall.
那智の滝

Nachi Taisha Shinto Shrine enshrines Nachi fall as its deity.

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Manhole covers in Akan

At the end of March, my husband and I drove to west of Hokkaido visiting Kushiro and Akan. Between Kushiro and Akan, there is a small village called Tsurui, which is famous for Japanese Crane Sanctuary. The first night we stayed in Kushiro and the following day, in Akan. The following pictures were taken at Akan Hot Spring resort.
すずらん 阿寒

鶴とすずらん 阿寒

The first two pictures have flowers of Suzuran, Lilies of the Valley. Suzuran is a representative flower in Hokkaido.

まりもと遊覧船 阿寒

遊覧船と山 カラー 阿寒

遊覧船と山 阿寒

Next three pictures have a similar layout. A pleasure boat floating on Lake Akan with Mt. Oakan on its back. Mt. Oakan is an active volcano and Lake Akan has heated shore called Bokke. The photo below is a photo from the Bokke trailing park.
ぼっけから見る阿寒湖と山

Lake Akan is famous for its spherical green algae called Marimo. It is a special natural monument and to see Marimo, you need to use the cruise boat to an islet which has a small museum, maybe. Sorry, I've not been there and am not sure about it. In late March, the lake was frozen up and the tour boat was not running.

降り立つ鶴とまりも 阿寒
The last picture is out of focus though the design is good. It has a landing-on crane and marimoes.




Manhole covers in Kushiro

I visited Kushiro in March, 2013 to watch Japanese Cranes. It was late March and most of the roads were without snow except fields where Tancho, or Japanese Cranes were.
タンチョウ

I took pictures of manhole covers there as below.
ツル3羽カラーカバー

ツル3羽カバー

ツル3羽大カバー

Kushiro is the biggest town in eastern Hokkaido and easy access to Tsurui village where many Japanese Cranes live. So the above manhole covers have three flying cranes. Next picture has small five-crane-flying design and a tower on which the word "火の用心(watch out for fire)" is written.
火の用心カバー

The picture below has letters that say Kushiro Fire Department.
釧路消防署

Another tourist attraction of Kushiro is Kushiro marsh and it is also applied to a manhole cover design.
釧路湿原カバー

釧路湿原

The last picture in Kushiro is a drain strainer with salmons(maybe).
鮭デザインの排水溝






Manhole cover in Shiriuchi

Shiriuchi's manhole cover
I visited Shiriuchi town and took this picture. The design consists of a train leaving the Seikan undersea tunnel and a Masu trout.
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Akiko

Author:Akiko
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too.
函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。

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