Travel Theme : Pathway

For this week’s theme, Pathway, I am going to be posting a little bit more than usual :D.

This one is in Arashiyama Kyoto taken at the Summer of 2008.


This one in winter of 2010 in Kawazu, Izu Peninsula.


Summer 2008 at Mt. Koya


My solo river walk from Oji Station to Itabashi in Tokyo area, 2010.


Spring 2008, Osaka.


Spring 2008, Osaka around Sakuranomiya


Spring 2010,  Niiza Saitama.


Usuki Oita , 2008.

pathway_kawazuKawazu , Izu Peninsula Winter 2010.


The Lunches in Beppu and Usuki

Any trip would not be complete without food.

Curry with Onsen Tamago ( Half-Cooked Egg ) in Beppu


Miyazaki Chicken Set in Usuki

Usuki Castle

or rather what’s remained of it.

The towers

Usuki Castle

The Main Gate

A cannon ?

A view from the Castle ruins

Usuki ,The City of Stone Buddha?

I was checking some of old picture and I found out that I have not yet blogged about my trip to Usuki, Oita Prefecture.  I went to Usuki last 2008 with N. It was not actually in our destination list, we found out some poster in the hostel and decided to check it out instead.

Usuki is an hour away from Beppu on JR Line, and it cost about 1000yen to get there.  We got there early,  and found out that there is a bus tour going around the city but very limited. I am not sure how much it was though but anybody can sign up. The  registration area is Usuki Station.

As far as I can remember, there were just about 2 foreigners there. Myself and another Caucasian lady.  It  was lively inside the bus.  N and I tried our best to translate to the other lady about the tour since it was all in Japanese.

Our first stop is in this Soy Sauce Factory ..

The Tank of Soy Sauce

Then we passed by at the shopping district but we did not stop to shop though. N and I went checked the place on our way back.

Shopping District

The tour guide also pointed out the ruins of castle, but I think I will post that in the next blog.

Then to our destination. The Stone Buddha.

The Valley

According to our guide, this little valley here was the where the stone carvers used to lived.


Little Stone Buddhas

Big Stone Buddha

To keep the carvings from further degradation, most of them are now housed.

The 7 Demigods?

I am just making that up, but the one in the middle is Buddha ( I think ) and there are 7 other gods surrounding him. Notice that colors are still very visible.

I wanted to take more pictures on the main Buddhas, but N was not that comfortable with it, though she did not say I must not I just felt that I should also respect her wishes. I have taken some pictures so I guess that was enough.

This is main website of Usuki City and The Sekibutsu ( Stone Buddha) .


Just browsing some old photos and I came across these coffee we had on my trip to Usuki Oita.