Taking a detour to Ise Grand Shrine (伊勢神宮) recently on the way to Koyasan in Wakayama prefecture was a delight. Once again visitors were few which meant more time to slow down and enjoy the scenery.
It feels like a good time to start from scratch. Again. Looking at my photography archive I find myself underwhelmed.
Another walk on the Nakasendō/Kiso-ji. Starting at Niekawa Station (where I finished last time) I passed through Kiso-Hirasawa (木曽平沢), Narai (奈良井), and then over the Torii Pass (鳥居峠) to Yabuhara (藪原).
Magome (馬籠) and Tsumago (妻籠) — possibly the two most popular villages on the Nakasendō (中山道). My first visit was
Quiet roads, a leisurely distance, and a remarkably well-preserved village to finish the day.
These little day trips are proving to be just the ticket. A dip into history, a new corner of Japan, and exercise to boot. Being fairly central, I get to choose.