とても大きくパワーに溢れている木が熱海にあるのはご存知ですか? 熱海駅の隣駅「來宮(きのみや)」駅のすぐ裏側に來宮神社があります。 その境内にある大楠の木は樹齢2000年! その壮大さ、生命力の強さから、「健康長寿」「心願成就」の木として昔から信仰されてきたそう。 今回はそんな來宮神社の夕暮れ時を紹介します。 どうして夕暮れ時なのか。それはライトアップが最高に綺麗だからです! これは本当におすすめです☆ 訪れたのは夕方5時。 この日は日の入りが5時32分。 日が暮れるまでの間、境内にあるカフェで來宮神社特製のお菓子やジュースを頂いて のんびりしていました。 このカフェ、BGMの良さも相まって、何とも癒される。 神社の中にいるというだけで神秘的な気持ちになれるのに、カフェのソファとオレンジのライトが気持ちを更に穏やかにしてくれて、思わず眠りそうになる。 一緒にいた友達は気持ち良さそうに寝ていました(^^) 「麦こがし」という大麦から作られる粉をかけて食べるスイーツ、美味しいですよ♪ 辺りが暗くなり始めた頃、外に出てみました。 まだ空には青さが残っていて、でも草木は影の中で真っ黒。 こういう時間帯を「薄明」というそうですね。 昔からこの薄暗い青い空が好きでした。 女性の肌が一番綺麗に見える時間帯だって、学生の頃よく盛り上がっていました♪ 暗くなった境内の奥に進むと大楠があります。 パッと開けた場所に出ると! 木に提げられた160のライトは草木に宿る木霊(こだま)を灯りで表しているそう。 幻想的な空間に息を呑みました。 この大楠を一周廻ると「寿命が一年延びる」「願いが叶う」と言われています。 私も一周してみました。 大楠の裏側に廻ると何とも不思議な非日常的な感覚がありました。 大楠の横を流れる川の音が壮大に響き、見上げると大楠の葉が生い茂り、自然の偉大さを感じます。 一周し終わった後は、とても神秘的な気持ちになっていました。 みなさんも、夕暮れ時の大楠に逢いに来ませんか? カオサン熱海から來宮神社 徒歩35分 もしくは熱海駅からバスで15分「来の宮神社前」下車 木霊ライトアップ 午後5時から11時まで the Kodama Forest Progect http://www.kinomiya.or.jp/kodama.html 來宮神社HP http://www.kinomiya.or.jp/ Written by Aya カオサン熱海のご予約はコチラ
Written by on 2016-03-29
‘Hatsushima’ (初島) is an island where you can relax and enjoy activities. I and my friend, Risa, went to the island with no plans. We got on a felly which departed Atami port at 10:30. ↓The ticket counter for Hatsushima. ↓The ferry from Atami(熱海) to Hatsushima(初島). It was a bit cloudy but the wind is so fresh and the sea birds came close to the ferry that we could see cleary how they fly! It took only 25 minutes to Hatsushima. When we got to Hatsushima port, there were lots of restaurants along sea which provide Kaisendon ! The owner of each restaurantes are fisher men. They cook and serve tasty food by themself. We had Kaisendon with three types of seafoods on top, and seafood miso soup together. ↓The restaurant called 'Hashimotoya(はしもとや)'. ↓Kaisendon(海鮮丼) and miso soap. ↓The owner's recommendations were Kaisendon and Sashimi-Teisyoku(刺身定食). After lunch, we walked around the island. An old lady talked to us and gave us some fruites which was grown by her. People from Shizuoka prefecture are so nice and friendly! Risa-chan is also from Shizuoka :) After our relaxing time, we decied to do an activity, 'Sarutobi'. To come right to the point, you should try this! It was so much fun! This activity is located on about 5 meters high. You walk on a rope or wooden boards from one poit to the other point. You are connected to the rope from the beginning to the end so there is no worries that you might fall down. There are two stages that you can join, and each end you jump and slide down to the ground. The last one was my favourite! Even though you are not a big fan of doing hard training, you can enjoy this island! Since the island is full of nature, there are many kinds of flowers. We could see beautiful rape blossoms and cherry blossoms. If you would like to have some tea and chat or read books in the sun, you may go to the resort park 'Asian Garden'. Moreover, we must not forget about Onsen! There is a Onsen with a nice view. If you are planning to go to Hatsushima in summer, you can go to the Onsen and the pool which is located right next to the Onsen. There is a lighthouse near Sarutobi. You can see Atami city and Izu Peninsula from the top of the lighthouse. ↓A view from the lighthouse. If you are lucky, you can see Mt. Fuji, too! We left Hatsushima at 14:50. The weather was getting better, and we could see fantastic view from the ferry. ↓Atami city from the ferry. WHERE IS HATSUSHIMA? WHAT YOU CAN DO MORE in HATSUSHIMA Diving, Fishing, Camping and so on! INFORMATIONS From Atami port to Hatsushima port 25 minutes/ 2400 JPY (Two ways) Kaisendon lunch at Hashimotoya(はしもとや) Kaisendon(海鮮丼) 1600 JPY Activity 'SARUTOBI' 1600 JPY 10:00-17:00 URL: http://www.hatsushima.jp/sarutobi/ Resort park 'Asian Garden' 900 JPY 9:00-16:00 URL: http://www.hatsushima.jp/island/facilities/garden.html Lighthouse 200 JPY 9:00-16:00 URL: http://www.hatsushima.jp/see/lighthouse.html Written by Aya
Written by on 2016-03-10
Hokkaido has more than just 1 winter festival: This is what happens when you put together subzero temperatures, a lot of water, colorful lights and some crazy minds: The Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival Until March 27th you can enjoy the ice sculptures and buildings at the small Onsen town of Sounkyo, located in Daisetsuzan National Park, 2 hours from the town of Asahikawa. On an area of 10.000㎡, you can find a lot of different buildings made of ice and snow, some even two or three stories high! There are temples… …and ice bar… …and wild animals! The main attraction this year is a 3 story building, with several rooms, a throne, balconies and a couple of surprises. The buildings and the layout of the festival change every year, though you can always find a snow tubing run and a stage built of snow where various events, like Hyobaku drums or Ainu ethnic dances, are held. There are also fireworks on weekends and you can drink hot drinks to keep you warm. This is one of the coldest parts of Hokkaido, so be sure to bring really warm clothes! It's also one of the snowiest regions in Hokkaido, so there is some amazing powder waiting for the skiers and snowboarders amongst you. The small ski resort of Kurodake in almost 2000m height is fun for everyone! Don't miss out on this spectacular event. It's great as a day trip from Asahikawa. If you stay in Sounkyo over night, you can also use the shuttle buses from Sapporo. More information here (Japanese only) http://www.sounkyo.net/event/detail.php?id=3 http://www.rinyu.co.jp/modules/pico01/index.php?content_id=3 Written by Irene
Written by on 2016-03-08