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石山寺 Ishiyama-dera – May 19th, 2012

The last destination for our one-day trip in Hikone is Ishiyama-dera (Wiki). We arrived nearby at around 3pm and we were arranged to return to Kyoto at 5pm.


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The entrance to Ishiyama-dera was quite interesting. I didn’t take any photos for details, but if you look carefully at the photo above, there was some statues on both sides of the gate and a giant Oni statue on the right side. Kind of creepy actually.

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玄宮園 Genkyuu-en – May 19th, 2012

Currently, we are at the entrance to Genkyuu-en, which is a garden nearby the Hikone castle. Just a 5 minute walk in fact. The Hikone Castle itself can also be seen from the garden. If you remember, the person in red was our tour guide for the Hikone Castle, and she is still here for Genkyuu-en as well.


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However, upon entering the garden, I immediately went my own way and so I ended up knowing nothing about this place, as I didn’t get to hear anything she may have said. Apparently, there isn’t even a Wikipedia page.

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彦根城 Hikone Castle – May 19th 2012

Our first mandatory trip in the study abroad program was the weekend trip to Wakayama. The destination for our second mandatory trip was Shiga prefecture. Unfortunately though, this time was only a one-day trip and we don’t get to spend the night in some fancy place, unlike our visit to Wakayama. Anyways, first we will visit the Hikone castle (wiki).


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We arrived in Shiga, right next to the Hikone castle at 10:15am. It is just a short walk from here to get into the castle grounds. We took the path on the left, which actually cut through the moat of the castle.

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奈良 Nara – May 6th, 2012

As part of my study abroad program, we were required to take an independent trip to Nara and visit certain temples and shrines there. For those who don’t know, Nara was the capital before Kyoto, which was the capital before Tokyo. Together with my roommate, we made our way from Kyoto to Nara in about 2 hours. The train ride surprisingly did not felt as long as it was and it was actually quite enjoyable.


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We arrived in Nara at 1pm and it looked like it was going to rain when we got out of the station. At the time of the photo, it was sightly sprinkling.

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