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12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour: Chapter 12 Power Spot Course

And the end has come.  Chapter 12, the last of the 12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour.  It had been wonderful to experience these walking guides each week for the last 12 weeks.  I must admit some of the sites were not as interesting as others, but looking at the overall bigger picture they all tied in and made sense.  Through these walking guides I have learned so much more about Nagoya and its history; about the stories behind significant tourist places; and a little bit about what lies behind the Japanese culture.  I am not saying I have uncovered what the culture is about as it is a deep-rooted traditional culture.  First you have to learn the language and have closer relations with traditional and modern families to begin to understand these people.

I thoroughly enjoyed the chapters where visiting temples and shrines were involved as I am quite intrigued by the intricate architectural details of the buildings and the ritualistic ceremonies held ever so often.  I have enjoyed collecting Goshuin, calligraphy stamps from temples and shrine.  I will post them next time.

For now, let us take another walk through the Power Spot Course.  This power spot course proved to need more power walking indeed.  I have cheated on this chapter as the weather have become hotter, more humid or rainy to make leisurely walks.  I have done this course in instalments.  But it is not a race, well not for me anyway.

1.  Kogane Shrine, Yamada Tenmagu Shrine.  This shrine is popular for those seeking more wealth and success in their studies.  Around the shrine it is evident that many have prayed for these requests as it is heavily littered with statues of maneki-neko – the beckoning cat, known for bringing good luck to its owner, as well as daruma dolls – a symbol for perseverance and good luck.

 

2.  Seimei Shrine.  One of the three shrines to pray for success in romance, which can be accomplished through this walking course, Seimei Shrine is deceivingly tiny.  Dedicated to Abe-no-Seimei an esoteric cosmologist who dispelled snakes that lived in the marshes around the area.  The incantation performed here is popular to dispel evil and fortune-telling to consummate love.

 

3.  Ueno Tenmangu Shrine.  Built over 1000 years ago, the shrine has two cows at the entrance.  These cows are famous for those seeking relief from any affliction to their body by rubbing the corresponding part of the cow’s body.  Others visit the shrine to pray for success in examination as well.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to see the beauty of this shrine as when I arrived at the site it was fully covered with scaffolding.  Maybe another time.

4.  Shiroyama Hachimangu Shrine.  I visited this shrine in another chapter and liked the area.  Although I did not find the ‘marital tree’ worshipped for happy marriage and restoration of relationships, I enjoyed the other historical remains present in the shrine grounds.  Shiroyama Hachimangu Shrine is one of the three shrines of love.

 

5. Takamu Shrine.  The third shrine for success in romance.  Takamu Shrine is also known for the Motokoi legend, where one could drink from the water fountain of the good well that promises a start to a new romance.  Famous amongst young women in search for love.

 

6.  Sakuratenjin Shrine.  Old blending in with the new, this shrine is set in between commercial buildings in Nagoya.  I have visited this shrine as part of another chapter but learned a new information in this chapter.  The cow stone statue is known as the Wishing Water Cow.  It is believed that when you make a wish and using the ladle to pour water on the cow, with the number according to your age, your wish shall come true.  I would have been there a long time.

 

7.  Atsuta Shrine.  Quite a famous shrine this one.  For these chapters alone it had been mentioned twice already, in Chapter 3 and Chapter 8.  I like this shrine as it has a beautiful property around it.  There are many festivals and special days attributed to this shrine so one would not be bored visiting it many times.

 

8.  Gokiso Hachimangu Shrine.  This shrine is small and older in its appearance.  There is a large boulder in the shrine called the ‘god stone’ the god of long life.  Tokugawa Ieyasu was known to have prayed here for the Battle of Nagakute, considered as one of the largest and most important battles in the history of Japan.

 

And that concludes the 12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour.  I hope, for those who have read and followed the chapters, have enjoyed learning something new about Nagoya and a little bit of Japan’s colourful history.  If you would like to catch up with previous chapters, here they are:

Chapter 1: Nagoya Castle Course

Chapter 2: Course covering region of the Owari Tokugawa family and the Cultural Path

Chapter 3: Oda Nobunaga “Owari’s Foolhardy Youth” Course

Chapter 4: Course Covering the Birthplace of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Kato Kiyomasa

Chapter 5: Course for Experiencing Nagoya Manufacturing

Chapter 6: Nagoya Stroll Course

Chapter 7: Funtown Osu Course

Chapter 8: Atsuta History Course

Chapter 9: Course Featuring the Townscape of Arimatsu and the Battle of Okehazama

Chapter 10: Arako Walking Course of Maeda Toshiie

Chapter 11: Shiroyama and Kakuozan Course

Thank you all for following and visiting.  Looking forward to your future visits next time.

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12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour: Chapter 11 – Shiroyama and Kakuozan Course

We have arrived to the penultimate Chapter 11 of the 12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour.  It had been a great few walking trips around the city of Nagoya and I have learned so much more about the city and its history.  I hope you have enjoyed the previous chapters and continue to enjoy exploring with me.  This chapter takes us through the neighbourhoods of Shiroyama and Kakuozan including Nittai-ji Temple that enshrines the remains of buddhism founder Shaka.  So once again, come along with me for a short walk through history.

1.  Nittai-ji Temple.  A fairly young temple built in 1904 as a temple to represent the relationship between Thailand and Japan as well as a repository for the ashes of Shaka, the founder of buddhism.  A gift from King Chulalongkorn of Thailand to Nagoya and hence the name Nittai-ji Temple (Japan-Thai Temple.)  The grounds around the temple is vast and aside from the main hall there is a beautiful wooden 5-storey pagoda.

From the subway station the walk through to the temple is lined with trendy shops and cafes.  On the 21st of each month there is a fair – kobo-san, along the street approaching the temple which bustles of stalls and people.

 

2.  Yokiso.  Built in 1918 as a vacation villa by Ito Jirozaemon Suketami, the first president of Matsuzakaya department store, a large and famous department store in Nagoya.  Originally spread through a vast 35,000 square metres, only about 9,000 square metres remain at present.  It has a beautiful Japanese garden that features an old bungalow moved here from the Owari Tokugawa family mansion and an old bridge.  It also has a shrine with lovely tunnel of torii gates.

 

3.  Nittai-ji Temple Hoanto.  A short walk from the Nittai-ji Temple is the Hoanto or the Gandhara pagoda.  Built in 1918 the pagoda is designed according to traditional buddhist architecture from Japan and India.  The ashes of Shaka is believed to be imbedded within the stone pagoda.  It is 15 metres high and quite different from the other pagodas I’ve previously seen in temples here.  The huge area is surrounded with tombs.

 

4.  Dairyu-ji Temple.  This temple was built to grieve for souls of the dead workers during the construction of the Nagoya Castle.  The Arhat hall houses 500 Arhat statues but, unfortunately,  it is not open for public viewing.

 

5.  Soo-ji Temple.  This temple was built by Tokugawa Yoshinao to grieve for his dead mother.  It is said that Yoshinao wrote the characters on the plaques at the entry and on the main hall.  The main hall was formerly used as a sumo stable during the annual Nagoya sumo tournament as well as a famous venue for concerts by a variety of artists.  The main hall was on top of the property where one had to climb up a few steps and although the hall was a bit old it was still beautiful.

 

6.  Shobo-ji Temple.  This temple was built by the daughter of Saji Tile’s founder to mourn for his death.  Its original purpose was a school for nuns.  When entering the temple grounds the first tower I saw was to store handwritten buddhist sutras from worshipers throughout Japan and transcribing is performed once a month.

 

7.  Shiroyama Hachimangu Shrine (Ruins of Suemori Castle).  Built on the former site of the Suemori Castle by Oda Nobuhide in 1548 and said to be doomed to abandonment in 1559.  It is set on top of a hill and surrounded with lush forest.

 

8.  Togan-ji Temple.  Originally built in 1532 by Oda Nobuyuki in memory of his father Oda Nobuhide and moved to this current location in 1714.  The giant green buddha, famously known as Nagoya buddha, was erected here in 1987.  I visited this temple previously as I was quite intrigued that there is a giant buddha right in my neighbourhood.  I might have expected a whole lot more than what I saw as I thought it wasn’t as impressive (as I had expected.)  I don’t know about the rest of you but when I visited the temple I didn’t feel quite good about it.  Maybe because of its unkempt atmosphere or I felt negative energy looming around the area.  Maybe it’s just me.  So I wasn’t too keen to re-visit it this time.

 

This was another surprising course for me as I didn’t have any idea how close I was to home and yet I discovered these interesting historical sites.  I just hope I would have time in autumn to visit the special bridge again.

If you haven’t seen the earlier chapters here they are again:

Chapter 1: Nagoya Castle Course

Chapter 2: Course covering region of the Owari Tokugawa family and the Cultural Path

Chapter 3: Oda Nobunaga “Owari’s Foolhardy Youth” Course

Chapter 4: Course Covering the Birthplace of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Kato Kiyomasa

Chapter 5: Course for Experiencing Nagoya Manufacturing

Chapter 6: Nagoya Stroll Course

Chapter 7: Funtown Osu Course

Chapter 8: Atsuta History Course

Chapter 9: Course Featuring the Townscape of Arimatsu and the Battle of Okehazama

Chapter 10: Arako Walking Course of Maeda Toshiie

Looking forward to finishing this challenge and that you have enjoyed them as well.