Today’s photo is my random, desktop image of the day and seems appropriate given that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. I took this when I was with my sweetheart in Shinjuku nearly seven years ago. I believe we were on one of the walks in this book.
Nearly seven years ago I promised to discuss “adventures around the City of Hino”. Those memories have since faded, and the details are all but gone.
This photo is my random, desktop image of the day, though, and it’s from that day. Doing a bit of internet research reveled that it is one of the 88 spots along the trail in Hino (山内八十八ヶ所めぐり). The 88 spots are supposed to mirror those on the Shikoku pilgrimage (四国遍路).
If you are living in Tokyo for an extended period of time, this place may be a good excursion if you want a bit of a walk. I don’t recall it being at all strenuous. Here is a map of the mountain walk next to the temple:
Yakuo-in Temple is a famous place in Tokyo for peonies (in April). The original flowers were brought from the Hasedera Temple in Nara Prefecture. However, if you go around to the graveyard at the back of the temple in April you will find loads of wisteria as well.
The address is 4-8-2 Shimo-Ochiai and the flowers are usually at their best between April 10 and May 1. Yakuoin is a five-minute walk from Shimo-Ochiai Station on the Seibu-Shinjuku Line or a 10-minute walk from Takadanobaba Station.