Day3 – Nagano Temple

Nagano is a long drive so we took the train from Tanaka station.

complicated ticket machine

complicated ticket machine

The ticket machines in Japan are very hard for non Japanese readers to understand, and usually there is no English speaking help, Japan must do something about this if they want English speaking tourist trade. Click for larger picture.

Train maps are often almost entirely in Kanji

Train maps are often almost entirely in Kanji

Here is some of the route in Romanji but not much, it really makes it difficult for an English speaker to travel through Japan.

Granda has a well earned rest at Tanaka station

Granda has a well earned rest at Tanaka station

Rie gets our tickets to Nagano

Rie gets our tickets to Nagano

Tanaka Station

Tanaka Station

Confusing cigarette sign

Confusing cigarette sign

So we have to hold our cigarettes at child’s face height?  I don’t even smoke and the helicopter shows these people are at least 30 metres tall… What a country!

Nice idea - no mobiles

Nice idea - no mobiles, Mayor Boris?

Welcome to Nagano

Welcome to Nagano

Austin gets interested in pigeons

Austin gets interested in pigeons

They don’t have child leashes in  Japan so you get a mixture of reactions to using one, some people just stare in shock but Rie has had many parents of toddlers ask where she got it from, mothercare in UK which is a long way from Japan. So there is a market for it. 🙂

I want that one!

I want that one!

on our way to the temple

on our way to the temple

a beautiful journey

a beautiful journey

Granda said it was a long way up the hill, and he wasn't wrong!

Granda said it was a long way up the hill, and he wasn't wrong!

very lovely road

very lovely road

Temple entrance

Temple entrance

lots of side buildings

lots of side buildings

such architecture

such architecture

cute shops

cute shops

the budda on the way- serious stuff

the budda on the way- serious stuff

inner temple entrance

inner temple entrance

Wash you hand here, in the pure water

Wash you hands here, in the pure water

the temple

the temple

Spectacular

Spectacular

the guardians of the temple

the guardians of the temple

Temple entrance

Temple entrance

thats us

thats us

incense

incense

The incence comes out contantly and it is believed that to wave it on your head or your body it will have a positive effect.  Why not, worth a try?

lovely gardens

lovely gardens

beautiful monument

beautiful monument

No not a new right wing leader

No not a new right wing leader

The swastika was a symbol of peace and harmony centruries before the nazis stole it.

View from the Temple, no pictures of inside allowed

View from the Temple, no pictures of inside allowed

Big Bell

Big Bell

We heard it ring while we were there. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the temple it self as it is an active place of worship.

we're loving it!

we're loving it!

What the hell! We're near Matsumoto! That is my companies name!

What the! We're near Matsumoto! That is my companies name! Surely we must visit.

Austin enjoying water fountain

Austin enjoying a water fountain

lovely park near the temple

lovely park near the temple

random statue

random statue

lovely clean park

lovely clean park

tree surgeon

tree surgeon at work

The place is so clean and well looked after.

a free zoo in the park, what a surprise

a free zoo in the park, what a surprise

can't understand how this is free

can't understand how this is free

monkeys

monkeys

flamingos

flamingos

penguins

penguins

more penguins

more penguins

I like penguins

I like penguins

Beautiful  frosty forrest

Beautiful frosty forrest

I love these little bridges.

Close up of the little bridge

Close up of the little bridge

not sure what this bird is

Here is a pleasant pheasant

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