Chichibu may be famous for their matsuri
, but there is much more to this region.
Even if just around the train station.
On my way back from Hitsuji-yama Park
, I had a little time to wander. I discovered a city surrounded by mountains, filled with interesting temples and local shops. The streets were quiet but full of charm.
The temple I stumbled upon was Nosaka-ji (野坂寺), which is the twelfth temple in the Chichibu 34 sacred temple pilgrimage
. This temple may be one of my all time favorites because it was so quirky.
Right at the entrance, you come face to face with a lovely Azukari Kannon (預かり観音), a Kannon
that will gather your worries, anger, sickness, and whatever else may be burdening you. There is also a gorgeous wood carving of the Mountain God. I won't mention everything but there was just a lot of interesting things to see, you'll have to go discover for yourself.
A piece of advice. If you ever discover a temple with a cemetery on the side of a mountain, climb to the highest grave. You won't regret it. I loved seeing the view from above. My ancestors on both my parents sides have a great view from the family grave, which we took full advantage of this new years
. I'm sure they won't mind sharing a view with you for a while, especially if they haven't had visitors in a while.
I passed by a beautiful shelf of white wisteria (which I didn't even know existed), a large elementary school with a great view of Mount Buko
, and retro shops that were so cute that I had to stop and snap photos of.
Then I discovered an amazing local bakery, where I ended up buying much more than I could eat. The bakery prides itself in using natural yeast, domestic flour and other organic produce. If you, unlike me, have self restraint and only get one thing, I would suggest the Aosa Bagel. I didn't even know this existed but it was delicious!
I'm already looking forward to my next time in Chichibu. x
Have you been to Chichibu? Isn't it charming?
NOSAKA TEMPLE (野坂寺)
2-12-25 Nosaka-machi Chichibu-shi, Saitama JAPAN
1-18-12 Nosaka-machi Chichibu-shi, Saitama JAPAN
TEL: 0494 25 7373
HOURS: 10:00am-6:30pm (Closed Tuesdays/Fridays)