Saturday, October 31, 2015

Silver Week Getaway 2015 (Part 2) Kasama Inari Jinja / シルバーウィークの旅 2015(パート2)笠間稲荷神社

And continuing my posts about our travels during Silver Week.  After checking out Kashima Jinja, our next destination was Kasama Inari Jinja.  We would also be having lunch near there as well.


Here we are in Kasama!
Entrance to Kasama Inari Jinja.  One of the 3 largest Inari Shrines of Japan.
笠間稲荷神社の参道。 日本三大稲荷神社のひとつと言われてる神社です。
Sakuramon (Sakura Gate) / 桜門
Haiden / 拝殿
Toumon (East Gate) / 東門
And then it was lunch time.  We decided on a little soba shop.

The name of the shop was [Tsutaya].
Of course we would order soba at a soba shop!

A lot of you may be familiar with inarizushi.  Rice stuffed inside an abura age tofu pouch.  But this is no ordinary inarizushi.  This is an soba inari.
And our travels continue...

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Silver Week Getaway 2015 (Part 1) Kashima Jinja / シルバーウィークの旅 2015(パート1)鹿島神社

In Japan, May has Golden Week.  Because it has 3 consecutive national holidays.  However, as recently as 2 years ago, Japan has consecutive national holidays in September which makes it Silver Week.  This year, my wife and I went on a short trip with our traveling buddies Yukio and Reiko and went to Ibaraki and Tochigi Prefectures.  Our main purpose was to check out some major temples and shrines.  Day 1 of our trip, we planned on going to three or four major shrines and temples - Kashima Jingu, Kasama Inari Jinja, Hitachinokuni Izumo Taisha and Tsukuba Jinja.  Our hotel reservations are at Tsubusan Keisei Hotel at the foot of Mount Tsukuba.

日本の5月はゴルデンウィークですが、9月にシルバーウィークが出来た。今年のシルバーウィークは小旅行に出かけた。 いつもののメンバーと、仲良しの友達の幸男と玲子と一緒。今回の旅の目的は神社・お寺巡り。目指すのは鹿島神宮、笠間稲荷神社、常陸国出雲大社とつくば神社。宿は筑波山の麓にある筑波山京成ホテル。

We met our friends in their home town of Urayasu in Chiba Prefecture at 8am and our first stop was a service area to eat breakfast.  I decided to skip on having soba or ramen and ordered a pork cutlet set to start our travels with.


We reached our first destination - Kashima Jingu.
最初の目的地に到着 ー 鹿島神宮。

Kashima Jingu entrance and torii.

Map of the shrine grounds.


Hand Purification Basin / 手水舎
Barrels of sake / 酒がいっぱい
Sakura-mon (Gate) / 桜門
Gate Guardians / 仁王
I came across another visitor.
Juyosho / 授与所

Honden / 本殿
Massha Mikuriya Yashiro / 末社 御厨社
Hoko / 宝庫
Beer break / ビールの時間
And yes, there were deer here.
Okumiya / 奥宮
Carp / 鯉
I got two seals from Kashima Jingu.
Our next stop - Kasama Inari Jinja and lunch.  To be continued...
次の目的地は笠間稲荷神社と昼食。 つづく。。。