After admiring the Diabutsu for a period of time, we pulled out the map our youth hostel had provided. When we had identified the closest recommended temple for sightseeing, we mounted our rented bicycles and were on our way.
Hasedera stands out in my mind as one of the more beautiful temple complexes I have visited in Japan thus far. Nestled on the side of a hill, you must climb several flights of stairs to reach the temple itself. On the way to the main temple, there are many other lovely things to catch your eye.
We thoroughly explored the whole complex. The last area we saw were the underground tunnels. Hunched over, we made our way through the dimly lit tunnels, admiring the plethora of little Buddha images. When we emerged from the caves, it had started to rain.
Hoping the weather would change it’s mind and stop raining, we checked the map again and continued on to our next destination.