Gyokusendo is the biggest of the many caves on Okinawa, its also the second biggest cave system in Japan after Akiyoshido. Formed over 300,000 years, the cave systems total length is about 5 kilometers, but just less than 1 kilometer is open to the public.
Being engulfed by smoke from the Jokoro at Sensoji Temple. The smoke comes from a large earthenware called Jokoro. The tourists rush to the Jokoro as the smoke rises from this large incense burner. It is one of the articles used on a Buddhist altar to purify the body of the people visiting the temple. Since then, people came to believe that the smoke from the incense burner has a healing effect. That is the reason the modern visitors gather around the incense burner at Sensoji. #cleansed
Aokigahara Forest has always haunted the poetic imagination. Long ago, it was said to be the home of yūrei, Japanese ghosts. Now it's the final resting place of as many as 100 suicide victims every year. At the foot of Mount Fuji, the highest mountain peak in Japan, sprawls a 30-square-kilometer forest called Aokigahara. For many years, the shadowy woodland was known as the Sea of Trees. But in recent decades it has taken on a new name: Suicide Forest.
What a beautiful hike up the sacred Mount Inari! These thousands of torii gates line the path of mountain through the woods climbing up 233 meters. Glad we made it an early day and beat the swarms of people for a few clean shots!