Trip to Izushi (1): Izushi Castle Ruins

I went on a trip to Izushi. My mother and my maternal ancestors were from this region, so I would often go there when I was younger. I felt nostalgic when I got in.

I took the Konotori Express and got off at Yoka Station. Then I took the bus to Izushi.

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Getting off at Izushi Bus Station, I passed by two temples. One of them was Fukujoji Temple.

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Temple bell

Then I caught sight of a magnificent view. These are Izushi Castle Ruins.

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On the top of the ruins, there is a shrine called Arikoyama Inari Shrine. I climbed the stone steps through the vermillion gates and reached the shrine. I was all alone at the shrine. It was silent and the air was cool and clear. I really liked the place.

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I went down the steps and further went to another shrine called Morosugi Shrine. I found an omikuji box and drew one. Omikuji is a fortune-telling paper strip. Mine was “a little luck.” It said I should study hard, which was convincing.

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I liked the green carpet of moss.

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(To be continued…)