I turned down the road and found myself on the approach. A small gate could be seen at the end of the straight approach. It was the gate of Banna-ji temple. The approach to the temple grounds is called Dainichi-Daimon Street, and there are coffee shops and grocery stores on the street, giving it the smell of a tourist attraction rather than an approach to a religious site.
Built in 1196, the temple has a main hall designated as a national treasure, a bell tower, a sutra hall, and other buildings designated as important cultural properties. Even if I told them not to come, they would not be able to prevent non-believers from visiting the temple for sightseeing. I was one of them.
Even though the temple had a tourist atmosphere, there were not many tourists strolling down the path. In the first place, there were no people walking around. The people working in the coffee shops must have been bored because there were no customers coming into their shops. When I was walking, there was nothing to block my view to the gate, and the only person I could see was a man in a jersey who was browsing through the sale items at an interior goods store. The approach to the famous temple seems to be deserted on weekdays.
|Oct 2021 IN THE CITY TOCHIGI|
|APPROACH ASHIKAGA GATE|
October 8, 2021
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF