Have you ever wanted something so bad that you would do everything to get it? I hope it was not something drastic and no bystander got hurt. There is a very safe way to do it, visiting Ishikiri Jinja.
The very first time I visited the temple with M-san, I noticed a lot of people walking back and forth from the temple gate to the front of the temple. M and I were baffled, so we ask the temple staff.
It seems that they are wishing for something and walking back and forth for 100 times, the wish MIGHT be granted. Young and old, men and women, were all doing it. Everybody was carrying sort of white stick as counter, you can get it for free at the information/store area.
But what I like about Ishikiri is the Shotengai( a long line of stores). Different kinds of Senbei (Rice Cookies), pickles, dango and traditional Japanese treats are sold there and they are cheap and very delicious. Some of the senbei store are still using the old way of cooking it, manually and cooked fresh every single day.
Majority of the visitor and customers who go there are locals so you need some decent Japanese but the store owners are very nice that I am sure they would be very accomodating to everybody. I have been to the place several times with T and besides T I have not seen another foreigner (white) there.
Ishikiri is not yet found in english Japan travel guide but if you want to visit where the local go, I highly recommend it. Before I forget, another famous thing that Ishikiri is famous for is fortune telling . Fortune tellers are everywhere, only in Japanese though so bring somebody who can translate for you 🙂
Nearest station are : Ishikiri Station ( Kintetsu Nara Line) and Shin-Ishikiri Station ( Chuo Subway Line ).