The kitsune (fox) statues at Inari Shrines remain some of my favourite things in Japan. This one is at the Jorinji Shrine in Matsumoto. Worshippers often place hats and/or bibs on the statues as a sign of respect.

Resting. Koyasan, Japan.

Yesterday we did the Choishi Michi (pilgrims' walk) to Koyasan, Japan. The walk itself was beautiful - 18km up and across mountain ridges, passing through fruit orchards, bamboo and pine forests. And the town of Koyasan itself was just as amazing as I had hoped. It's a buddhist monastery town filled with traditional buildings and a… Continue reading Resting. Koyasan, Japan.