Monday, April 14, 2014

A SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN NARA AND SHIGA.

                    Leaving from Mt.Yoshino, we went to see Yamato-Koriyama castle.

                                 吉野の後は、大和郡山城に行きました。



Yamato-Koriyama castle.







The moat. お濠です。


Yanagisawa library. 柳沢文庫です。むくり屋根がおしゃれです。



Then,we went to Mii-dera temple in Shiga.



The main gate. 三井寺の山門です。



We could see Lake Biwako from this temple.

三井寺から、琵琶湖が見えました。


Then,we went to Ishiyama-dera temple.


Ishiyama-dera means a temple on the rocks.
There are many rocks in this temple.

紫式部ゆかりの、石山寺です。


Setagawa river. This river come from lake Biwako.

瀬田川です。瀬田の唐橋は名神高速道路のかげになり、見えません。


We stayed Biwako hotel,our rooms are facing Lake Biwako.

琵琶湖に面した、琵琶湖ホテルの部屋からの眺めです。


Lake Biwako, the largest lake in our country.

琵琶湖と近江大橋です。

We could see some flowers in this tour.


Cherry blossoms in front of the hotel garden.

ホテルの前庭に有った、枝垂れ桜です。


Rosebay flowers. 石楠花です。


Mituba-Tutuji (Azalea family). ミツバツツジです。


Spring star flowers. ハナニラです。



And a swallow. 燕もいました。















50 comments:

  1. Hello Minoru,

    Ooo, I've always LOVED cherry blossoms. I was raised in Washington, D.C., and Japan donated the cherry trees that are growing around the Tidal Basin. Each Spring they are just gorgeous!

    Have a Happy Blue Monday and an excellent Easter celebration!

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      Thank you very much for your comment. I read the news that the cherry trees inWashinton. D.C. were in full bloom.

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  2. Dearest Minoru-san;
    Such GORGEOUS cherry blossoms at the Yamato-Koriyama castle; must have been a great view♡♡♡ I may have to remember where you have been to and try visit someday p;) Wonderful photos; wondering if changing camera to SLR might make my pics better, haha. Thank you very much for the eye feast before sleep.
    Sincerely from Yamaguchi, Miyako*
    Wishing you a happy new week

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    1. So sorry for the last phrase got mixed up (^^;)

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    2. Dear Miyako sama.
      Thank you very much for your comment. I feel happy you like my post.

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    3. Dear Miyako sama.
      Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

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  3. Such beautiful castles and blossoms! Thanks for sharing this lovely area.

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  4. Wow, awesome castle and views. Do cherry trees grow in tropical countries?
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    1. Dear Lina.
      Thank you very much for your comment. I do not know whether cherry trees grow or not in tropical countries.

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  6. So beautiful! And all these blossoms! Gorgeous series of photos!

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  7. The cherry blossom looks beautiful. What a great view from your hotel room.

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  8. Beautiful castles, a moat filled with cherry blossom petals and a temple built on craggy rocks. Add a gorgeous lake view from your hotel, more lovely spring flowers. and a swallow on her nest and you have a marvelous post!

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  10. Minoru the spring blooms are so beautiful. They make the temple/palace even more spectacular.

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  11. The cherry blossoms are so beautiful, Minoru.
    I love the photograph of the moat with the petals in the water.

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  12. Oh Japan! What a beautiful place to be in. I can't wait to be there soon! ♥

    Thanks for sharing Minoru! :)

    I'm here for Blue Monday. Here's my Blue Monday post; Me as The Tour Guide

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  13. I love the aerial view where you could see the lake and beautiful trees! I must visit Nara again someday as I missed so many nice places mentioned in your blog.

    I enjoy learning all the new names of Japanese flowers Thanks for all the trouble to share these lovely photos. They are so heavenly nice!

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  14. こんにちは、大和郡山城の桜はちょうど「散り始め」でしたね。でもとてもきれいです。
    琵琶湖と近江大橋は、全体の色調がブルーですが、ホワイトバランスでの調整でしょうか。
    こちらもとてもきれいです。

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    1.  弘世旅空様
       こんばんは。お褒めいただきありがとうございます。 近江大橋は夕方撮った写真のままです。曇っていまして、250mm の望遠ズームレンズで撮りました。

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  15. The blossoms and trees are simply beautiful. A lovely sight to see! Beautiful views and scenery, the lake view is wonderful.. Thanks for sharing your trip! Have a happy week!

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  16. 奈良にいらしてたんですね。吉野の桜、何回か行きました。3年くらい前、すいていたので、ついマイカーで上まで行ったのですが、下山の時には、大勢の人が下山道を歩いていて道を譲ってくれなくて、こまりました。
    郡山城の桜もこんなに美しかったのですね。、お濠の花びらの多さには、目をうばわれます。近くに住んでいながら、まだ行った事がありません。来年はいってみます。
    Thank you for sharing. Have a nice day!

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    1. Dear sarah.
      こんばんは。吉野はとても綺麗な所ですね。大和郡山城も吉野も2回目です。前回は、吉野は、京都見物して、翌日、近鉄で行きました。郡山城は、高取城、壺坂寺、などへ行きました。
       吉野は、また行ってみたいです。

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  17. Looks like a lovely and fun trip. The views, temple and flowers are stunning!

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  18. I like the temple among the rocks and cherry blossoms ..
    A lovely tour. We have been in hospital a few days with Paco. We have operated a hernia. We're home.
    Good Wednesdays. Minoru;)
    A hug.

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      Thank you very much for your comment. I feel very sorry hearing from your operations. I hope you will recover your health soon.

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  19. Gorgeous! If one day... I'll have the chance to travel so far, I hope to see all of these wonders by myself! Such beauty in these photo instants (like always, in fact)... Thankful for sharing with us!

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  20. Hi Minoru,
    Thank you for sharing the lovely photos.

    You have a spectacular view from your room of the lake. How wonderful!

    We are hoping to visit Nara this year ^^

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      Thank you very much for your comment. I hope you will enjoy Japanese tour.

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  21. such beautiful images. the blossoms floating on the water make me smile.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop ♥

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  22. É Páscoa! Cristo está vivo, o túmulo está vazio, Ele ressuscitou!!! A mais bela festa dos Cristãos.
    Crentes no Amor de Deus Pai que nos deu seu Filho Jesus Cristo que permanece conosco pela força do
    Espírito Santos, seguimos nossa caminhada na construção de um mundo mais justo, fraterno, humano,
    harmonioso e de doação.
    Todos somos promotores da Paz!
    Feliz, Santa e Abençoada Páscoa.
    Marie.

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  23. ✿⊱°•

    É muito bom admirar suas maravilhosas fotografias.
    Boa semana!

    ¸.•°✿✿º°。

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  24. 郡山城は我が家から車で30分ほどの所にあります。ここでは再建された建物と桜がお互いに引き立てあい、いい撮影ができましたね。私のお気に入りの場所はお堀だけが残っている廃墟で、咲き誇る桜を眺めながら、過去の栄光に想いを馳せます。琵琶湖も大好きなので、行きたいなぁと思わされましたよ。吉野山も含め近畿一円、いいご旅行でしたね。私は家の事情で遠出できませんが、奈良と神戸の近場で撮影散歩を楽しんでいます。

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    1. Dear Yoko sama
      こんばんは。コメントありがとうございます。 我が家の近くにある六義園は柳沢吉保の上屋敷だったそうです。
       大和郡山城には親近感を感じてしまいます。 彼はそうとう貴族趣味だった様で、柳沢文庫の「むくり屋根」にも、その面影が偲ばれます。
       私も、父親の介護には苦労をしました。

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