"Sakai City / Day trip from Kobe" Sakai by Sakura_Kobe
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Sakai City is one of the historic cities near Kobe city. We visited several interesting places there. We took JR from Sumiyoshi station to Osaka station, where we changed the train for Tennoji on the loop line. At Tennoji station, we took the train for wakayama on the hanwa line and got off at Mozu station.
Then we took bus there and got off at Fukai Higashi. Doto, or Pagoda made of clay is near from that bus stop.
The picture above is the Pagoda made of clay in the shape of pyramid. It is under reconstruction. It is said that great priest Gyoki was originally built it as stupa, Buddhist religious monument, in Ono temple in Nara Era. Now the beautiful park is built in the surrounding area. It's a good place to take light lunch.
This Shrine has very old and beautiful stone lantern, which is engraved the year 1369. It is rare such an old stone lantern remains as it was. All the four sides of lantern are beautifully engraved. They put the replica of the lantern in the main hall and the real one enshrined in the separate place. When you want to see it or step in the site of main hall, you have to contact the Shrine.
We decided to stop at Otori Shrine before going back to Kobe. The shrine is located easily accessible on foot from Kusabe Shrine. It is also near the Otori Station on JR hanwa line.
The Shrine gate is very large and magnificent. The precinct is larger than I expected. The legend has it that after the death of Prince Yamato Takeru, originally Prince Ousu, a Japanese legendary prince of the Yamato dynasty, his soul turned into a great white bird, Otori in Japanese, and flew away. The bird finally reached this land. People nearby built the shrine to honor him.
After visiting Otori Shrine, we took JR hanwa line from Otori Station to Tenoji Station. Then we took the same route as we came.
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