On November 20, 2012 Kenji-san showed up at breakfast time and took Okano-san, Yayoi-chan and myself off to see Ibaraki prefecture tourist attractions.
Minedera Saikoin is a temple in Yasato-machi in Ibaraki-ken which is often called the Kiyomizudera of the Kanto area. The reason is that it is a resemblance to the Kiyomizudera temple in Kyoto with beams and posts supporting the structure over a steep hill.
This is an ancient temple with a magnificent view of the plain below. Most tourists probably come here for the view of the Kanto hei (plain) on the edge of mountains. Even with the haze in the air often seen in Japan it is nevertheless a remarkable vista.
After we went to a grocery store and each of the four of us picked up an obento lunch of our choice and went to a grassy park to enjoy our lunches.
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