ToriiKannon Temple – A Shangri-la in Saitama Japan
On a beautiful sunny day, my friend spontaneously texted me early in the morning to have a day trip away from Tokyo to see some autumn leaves. We decided to go to ToriiKannon Temple in Saitama Prefecture. The funny thing was that I was the one who searched for the place and we thought that it was going to be a nice relaxing day. However it turned to be an hour hike to get to the top and my friends and I were not dressed appropriately for it at all. Nevertheless this has to one of the best spontaneous trips I took in my life time.
To get to the temple one must take the train from Ikebukuro to Hanno station and from Hanno station one must take the bus toward Naguri. The trip takes about 2 hours to get to the temple from Ikebukuro. The hike here is beautiful in the autumn, the higher you climb, the more places to visit along the way and the final main attraction is the big statue of the Guan Yin the goddess of compassion also known as Kannon in the Japanese language. I have actually made a prayer there and somehow I felt that it has already been answer.
ToriiKannon Temple takes you away from Japan, to me I imagined the stunning view at the temple to be like the mythical Chinese kingdom of Shangri-la. It is pretty much an oriental fairytale land and this is why one must visit the temple, especially during autumn.