Yamadera, north of Yamagata City
I was visiting Tōhoku,
north of Tōkyō
on Japan's largest island of Honshū.
I had been exploring the area of
Aizu-Wakamatsu and Mount Bandai.
Now I was moving north to
I would stay in Yamagata City while visiting local sites, especially the Risshaku-ji temple complex spread out along a staircase of a thousand stone steps above Yamadera, and the trail from there through the associated Minenoura ancient temple and ascetic training area.
I started by traveling by train from Aizu-Wakamatsu to Yamagata.
I would see prehistory and history, Bashō the ninja–poet–wanderer's haiku-writing spots, the result of enthroning a psychopathic child Emperor, haiku about cicadas and rocks, a thousand-stairstep climb, monkey and bear warnings, cliff-face shrines, sūtra-copying facilities, and more.
Other topics in Japan:
Aizu-Wakamatsu, Mount Bandai, the Five-Colored Lakes, Samurai and Daimyō Castles, Prehistoric Tombs, Modern Art, Medical History, and Kitakata
Risshaku-ji Cliff-Face Temple Complex and its 1000-Step Path, Minimoura Forest Path to Buddhist Monastery and Shugendō Training Area, Yamagata City
The 2,446-Step Path, Suga Waterfall, Haguromachi Town and Shugendō Retreats, Shrines and Temples
Travel through Kyūshū, the Harbor, Temples, Shrines, the Samurai Path, and a World War II Air Defense Bunker
Kagoshima and Sakurajima
Japan's Most Active Volcano, a World War II Naval Bunker, and Exploring Kagoshima City
Akihabara, Tōkyō's Electric Town
Electronics parts and tools, the otaku lifestyle, cosplay, anime, and manga