Showing posts from May, 2015

Natadera, Ishikawa; a truly inspirational spot

So, on another of my days off, I decided to rent a bicycle from the city and head down to see the truly beautiful Natadera. It's a real jewel in the crown of the whole of Ishikawa, never mind just Komatsu. And yet, somehow, it does sometimes get missed, possibly due to the embarrassment of riches in neighbouring Kanazawa.

It took me around an hour to get down to the Nata Temple. I didn't hurry and went via the beautiful park on Lake Kiba. A restful place with superb views of the Hakusan masiff, which dominates all views to the east in these parts.

Once there, I parked up by the gift shops and could barely hide my disappointment, as I saw that 3 or 4 coach parties had (rather annoyingly) timed their arrivals to coincide with mine. I needn't have fretted though, as not only does Natadera have the ability to distract you from such trifles, but it also has the space to absorb and dissipate the effects of crowds.

The casual tourist can stroll around the central area conveniently, …

Tojinbo... yes, but...

So, I revisited Tojinbo today (two-way ticket again!). I had a quick look at the famous suicidal stone towers my camera focused on during my last visit, but I soon struck out in the opposite direction.

There is, though most visitors are probably unaware of it, a great walking trail stretching from the central Tojinbo area all the way round the bay to the holy island of 'O', 3 kilometres away. It houses the well-appointed Ominato Shrine, but also rewards the visitor with some very interesting views of the surrounding area - a fresh perspective without a doubt - and a welcome solitude which is simply unavailable at Tojinbo. 

Kanazawa and Gokoyama

A little of the famous Kanazawa, but not not much as I was just passing through (twice). I did manage to absorb some of its character though and got a couple of nice shots too.
And then on to Suganuma village in Gokayama. My main focus was to see the famous gassho zukuri farm houses, but I also wanted to see something of the Toyama interior.


So, more work over in Ishikawa prefecture. I managed to make a real trip out of it this year, by arranging to stay in the area for a few days in between the two periods I was contractually obliged to; there were a few things I wanted to check off my list that I hadn't manged to squeeze into the previous trips.

As usual, I was flown up in plenty of time to stroll out and see the sunset over the sea of Japan. As before, skipping dinner seemed like a small price to pay for such an amazing reward. I know it's nothing original to say, but is there anything so awe-inspiring as a beautiful sunset? Every day it happens, every day it's different, and every day we are stunned, and charmed, and drawn into our thoughts while bathed in the splendour of the kaleidoscopic twilight. I can't wait for the next one.