Photography & Cycling: Jokoji Temple・定光寺

Jokoji Temple (定光寺) in Seto (瀬戸市), just to the east of Nagoya – but closer to Kasugai in reality – is a wonderful place to ride to at this time of year. I ride there a few times a week and usually have the place to myself but not for the next week or so when the autumn colours are on full display. There’s a brutal climb from Joukouji Station if you are on a bicycle but it’s worth it as there are also plenty of hiking trails just above the lake, including the Tokai Shizenhodo/Tokai Nature Trail (東海自然歩道), a nice park, and some beautiful hidden spots tucked away deep in the hills and forests if you know where to look.

This last image was taken along the Shonai/Toki River between Joukouji and Kozoji Stations.

Cycled since I was a kid, moved to Japan in 2001, bought my first 'serious' camera in 2005. Spent the later half of the 1990s travelling in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Japan, and the Philippines and wish I'd photographed a lot more back then.

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