As I made way back out, I caught a view of the steps downwards towards torii gate and I decided to take a last shot before I leave this awesome place. A visit to Kamishikimi Shrine definitely leaves me a very strong and great memory. It is beautiful, mysterious and peace where not all foreigners like me had visited before. I am very glad to have been there.
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At the back of the Kamishikimi Shrine, there is a beaten path up to the top and I saw a faded leading line up and I knew I had to capture a composition like this with trees in the surroundings. This was definitely not an easy climb for me as the soil on the ground was not as firm as it looks like. Please enjoy.
I was really happy that in my life, I am able to visit this shrine which has so much tranquility and mystery that is located way off the beaten path and definitely off the chart for tourists in Kumamoto. When I first saw how mysterious and hidden Kamishikimi shrine is, I even contemplated about making a trip there just by commuting by train then by foot. When I was there, I finally see how the shrine was well hidden up the steps into the forest and the area indeed provide a very good sense of peace. I set up my tripod for long exposure around the shrine and will be featured for the next few posts. Do stay tuned and enjoy!
When I was waiting at the pick up point just next to the exit of Kumamoto station, the tip of this pagoda caught my eye as it sticks out of the trees up on top of the hill. I wondered what structure that might be and I was already anticipating on planning a walking trip there and make that structure my photography object. After I settled down in my hotel, I made a quick check on the various attractions in Kumamoto and as quick as I started researching, I found Hanaokayama Peace Pagoda, which is a stupa, a monument to inspire peace, to provide focus to people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in search for world peace.
Only using basic hand tools, Hanaokayama Peace Pagoda was built by Nichidatsu Fujii, Nipponzan Myohoji, from 1947 to 1954 on top of a hill. It was a climbing of slopes and flights of stairs before I reached the pagoda. It took me some breather before I set up my tripod for long exposure and HDR shot of this beautiful structure.
As a very popular tourist attraction, I was not surprised when I saw hordes of visitors in the premises of the Kumamoto Castle. It is indeed very beautiful and worth the visit during my stay in Kumamoto because it is one of the premier castles in Japan. This is when the BIG Stopper from LEE Filter came in handy for me when there are crowds of tourists around the castle and I can use a long exposure to blur them out in my image.
It was a sunny day with a clear blue sky so I waited on a bench looking for an opportunity when the numbers of people in front of me are at the least before I quickly set up my tripod.