Kushiro & Japanese Cultural Experience
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Approximately 4½ Hour
Your tour will begin with a prepaid taxi ride to the Motomachi district in Kushiro. You're headed to Yonemachi Park. Look down Kushiro city from the observatory -- a fantastic overview of the city.
After a bit of time at the park, walk over to the Itsukushima Shrine to learn what it means to the people of Kushiro. Watch some Kagura dance moves -- a traditional cultural asset performed by talented local dancers. Try on a kimono and taste Japanese tea (sen-cha).
For those interested in the culture of the shrine, charms are available for purchase.
Your next stop is at the Daijoji Temple. Within the temple, Buddha is worshipped by local people. Your guide will tell you about the difference between shrines and temples.
Try your hand at calligraphy. Calligraphy was the once traditional Buddhist way of writing and was about praying for fulfillment of wishes. However, today it is more of a therapeutic exercise designed to lead to mental well-being by mindfully tracing letters.
Before returning to the port, you will stop for photos at the Jyoko-ji Temple -- its ceiling is particularly photogenic.
Transportation is by prepaid (included) taxi; however, participants must walk between attractions. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. An English-speaking guide meets you at each spot to explain its meaning to you. You must remove your shoes when entering shrines or temples.