Unusual komainu

Komainu The guardians of shrines, Komainu are usually referred to as lion-dogs in English. They are the guardian stone statues you see near the entrance to a shrine. One on either side of the walkway. One if male, one is female. Commonly one, believed to be the male one, hasRead More →

Hodosan Zoo Nagatoro. I apologize in advance that this is a very frank review leaning heavily on the harrowing observations rather than the positives of this mountainside zoo. Hodosan Zoo It was very surreal visiting the zoo at top of Mt Hodo. First impressions were good: nice entrance gate, photoRead More →

Hodosan ropeway

The Hodosan ropeway offers not only magnificent views, but a shortcut to the top of Mt Hodo (Hodosan). Mt Hodo is a vibrant mountain with great views in Nagatoro Town, a picturesque and tourist town of the Chichibu District. In recent years, Hodosan is a popular place to watch theRead More →