After camping a lot we tried to find some Japanese hosts to indulge us in Japanese culture and lifestyle.
In Toyama, we planned to stay with Alan. Alan's a touring cyclist who's been at it for many years, crossing various continents with his bicycle. We were cycling in Java at the same time but unfortunately missed each other by days. He crossed to the east, while we were going west. In the end, we met many hosts who hosted him and he met many who hosted us. So finally, we met each other as he settled down for a while in Toyama after marrying energetic Satomi. They brought us around for a walk at a mysterious hillside temple, built alongside natural springs and clear waterfalls, and a visit to the cosy city -with Japan's second most beautiful Starbucks(!?). We had an inspiring time, filled with long night conversations and hope to see them again, maybe touring together!
The morning we started cycling though, there was a typhoon passing about 200km from the coast, harassing us with strong headwinds, frequent powerful gusts and bringing tropical temperatures. Alan cycled with us a bit, guiding us outside of the city before saying goodbye. The winds were getting stronger though, shaking our confidence on continuing our ride. We knew waiting too long meant getting poured by the forecasted rain, plus we had a warmshowers host waiting for us so we decided to press on.
We arrived, albeit a bit wet, in Kanazawa. We were very warmly welcomed by Nobu and his mother. Nobu had been touring long before returning to his home town and decided to pay the kindness he received forward fully. He told us to stay as long as we wanted, use the wifi and food would be prepared by his mother. After that typhoon ride, our body was ready to take all the pampering we could get! #kanazawa#toyama#fukui#dinosaurs#temple#typhoon#samurai#warmshowers ---- END PART 1/2 ---- SEE PART 2 BELOW IN COMMENTS ----
After yesterdays Hail storm, iam visited today morning the Oyama shrine.
Oyama Shrine (尾山神社, Oyama Jinja) is dedicated to Maeda Toshiie, the first lord of the powerful, local Maeda Clan. The shrine was constructed in 1599 by Toshiie's successor, Maeda Toshinaga on Mount Utatsu. It was later moved to its present location.
Oyama Shrine is known for its unusual gate, which was designed by a Dutch architect, using elements of European and Asian religious themes. While the first story displays a mixture of Japanese and Chinese influence, the upper stories once served as a lighthouse and feature a Dutch style, stained glass window.
The gate originally guarded the entrance to the palace of Kanazawa Castle and was only later moved to Oyama Shrine. On the shrine grounds stands a statue of Lord Toshiie. There is also a nice strolling garden with ponds and bridges, designed to resemble harps and lutes. #kanazawa#oyamashrine#silentplace#details#lookaround
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