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Chang Jiaqi (China)
Trevino Chris (USA)
Dziepak Matt (USA)
Stech Brad (USA)
Chikubushima is one of some islands on Lake Biwa. The island is home to many historic temples and shrines – some up to 1300 years old – and is the center of several Japanese Folklores. Many pilgrimage to it every year.
Our adventure began at Nagahama station, where we met our guide.
We stopped along the way so that Brad could fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a samurai.
From Nagahama Port, we took a Biwakokisen ferry to Chikubushima. You can also take this ferry from Imazu Port.
But first we had to buy the tickets.
Isn’t she a beauty?
Tickets in hand, ready to go.
There was a beautiful view of Mt. Ibuki from Lake Biwa.
This is Tatsuya, a small store where we stopped for food and souvenirs.
A closer look at our delicious Japanese meal.
Chikubushima is one of the 8 famous sites of Lake Biwa.
This is Omimarin, a ferry that travels from Hikone to Chikubushima.
We had to buy tickets to enter Chikubushima.
We began our ascent of Chikubushima.
We washed our hands and mouths in order to cleanse the spirit before entering.
It was a long climb. Chikubushima is taller than it looks.
Talia rings the bell to make her presence known.
In the temple, we wrote our wishes for the future.
Writing our wishes for the future.
We had to put our wishes in daruma dolls in the shrine.
Our wishes had to be sealed away in the dolls for them to come true.
Chris placing his daruma doll amongst the rest.
Chris choosing his o-mikuji, a type of Buddhist fortune.
We tied up our fortunes so that they would come true.
The scenery on Chikubushima was beautiful.
Chikubushima is filled with interesting historical temples. And good photo-ops.
Visitors that touch this Buddha statue receive healing. The part of the Buddha that you touch is the part that receives the healing.
This hallway connects the temple to the shrine.
Ringing the bells to let the god of the shrine know we’re here.
We bought kawarake, on which you write your wishes and then throw through a tori gate to make the wishes come true.
Chris writes down his innermost wishes.
He had to write his name on the other kawarake so that they would know who to grant the wish to.
Making our way to the balcony to toss the kawarake.
While there, renovations were underway.
Matt makes a go at getting the kawarake through the gate.
There were more tori gates on the way out.
Us overlooking the bay before departing.
But not before getting some ice cream.
We made sure to load up on sweets before leaving the island.
A parting view of Chikubushima.
Goodbye, Chikubushima. Maybe one day we’ll meet again.
Talia contemplating her life after leaving Chikubushima.