With a barren, rocky landscape surrounded by beautiful, lush forest and mountains, the surroundings were amazing yet strangely discomforting.. Spending time walking through all the shrines with stones piled up at their base as offerings to Jizo (a Bodhisattva who protects the souls from evil demons), seeing what people have left behind (car keys, bracelets, shoes) and the absolute silence that surrounds you, is definitely a sobering experience.
|Inside the temple|
|shrine with pinwheels for children|
|The edge of Lake Usori|
|A pile of offerings at the base of a shrine|