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The Autumn Colors of Okuni Shrine

Updated on October 16, 2014
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Okuni Shrine Entrance

Autumn Trip to Okuni Shrine

Every year I look forward to seeing the colors of the trees change as fall creeps up on us. Trees and bushes that were previously green transform into hues of red, yellow and orange. And if you wait too long, you'll miss all the beauty and splendor of autumn because winter is just around the corner. I enjoy living here in Japan and although I feel fortunate to live in a country with four distinct seasons, I wish fall lasted just a little bit longer. So every year when autumn arrives, I try to get out as much as I can to take advantage of this most beautiful time of the year.

I recently took a trip to my mother's hometown Shizuoka and although I've been there many times, I never knew about this place. Okuni Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in a little town called Mori in Shizuoka.

I had heard about the place from a friend who was dying to visit so he offered to drive us out there for an overnight trip to Shizuoka with a visit to the shrine.

*All photos taken by myself unless otherwise noted.

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Arriving in Shizuoka

Green tea fields
Green tea fields

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After a 3 1/2 hour drive from Tokyo, we arrived in Shizuoka city. After we checked into our hotel, we immediately made our way to Okuni Shrine. After driving for about a half hour, buildings gave way to green tea fields and traditional country houses. As we drove past this country landscape, the car suddenly started to slow down.

A long line of about twenty cars were slowly inching their way towards the temple and as it looked like it would be awhile, we decided it was a good time for lunch. There weren't many places to choose from but as we drove along with the other cars, a quaint cafe stood in the middle of a field. We really couldn't see anything else around the vicinity so we decided that it would do.

Our lunch spot turned out to be a quaint and cozy cafe owned by the most charming couple. The wife took our orders while her husband went to the kitchen to cook our lunches. While we waited I noticed more than a few miniature sets placed around the dining room and learned that they were the masterpieces of our server. I was quite impressed with her work and spent a good 20 minutes inspecting the miniature sets.

Cafe Hidamari - A Quaint and Charming Cafe

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This is our destination for lunch.The hand-drawn menu adds to the cuteness of the place.The inside is surprisingly spacious and comfortable.Hand written blackboard with today's specials.Lunch consisted of thick udon noodles and a plate of vegetable tempura.
This is our destination for lunch.
This is our destination for lunch.
The hand-drawn menu adds to the cuteness of the place.
The hand-drawn menu adds to the cuteness of the place.
The inside is surprisingly spacious and comfortable.
The inside is surprisingly spacious and comfortable.
Hand written blackboard with today's specials.
Hand written blackboard with today's specials.
Lunch consisted of thick udon noodles and a plate of vegetable tempura.
Lunch consisted of thick udon noodles and a plate of vegetable tempura.

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Cafe Hidamari's Handmade Miniature Sets - Check out some of the owner's hand-made clay miniature sets.

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A vegetable cart made out of clay.A traditional Japanese liviing room with old-style stoveSummer scene of a traditional Japanese homeClay flowers handmade by the ownerOld style confectionery shop
A vegetable cart made out of clay.
A vegetable cart made out of clay.
A traditional Japanese liviing room with old-style stove
A traditional Japanese liviing room with old-style stove
Summer scene of a traditional Japanese home
Summer scene of a traditional Japanese home
Clay flowers handmade by the owner
Clay flowers handmade by the owner
Old style confectionery shop
Old style confectionery shop

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Okuni Shrine

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After lunch we hopped back into the car and although traffic had lessened, it still took us a good hour to get to our destination. I was amazed at how popular this place was as it's practically unknown to non-locals but one glance around and I understood why.

I have seen autumn foliage before but with the exception of Kyoto(which is hard to top) this was the most beautiful display of autumn leaves I've ever seen.

The ground of the shrine is massive and includes rivers, bridges and trails. Once the religious buildings are out of sight it almost feels as if you're in a remote forest high up in the mountains.

Picture Perfect Autumn Scenery

Japan autumn scene
Japan autumn scene

Whichever way we looked, we were surrounded by an array of autumn colors. The riverbed was especially beautiful with multi-colored leaves floating on the surface of the sparkling water.

Despite the crowds, the place was so big it never felt too crowded. I could have stayed here all day if it weren't for the time.

Astounding Beauty All Around

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Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
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Beauty Where It's Least Expected

Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves

After an hour of admiring the beauty above and around me, I focused my attention to what was beneath my feet. To my surprise and wonder I discovered that sometimes beauty can be found in the least expected places.

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Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
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Autumn Leaves at Okuni Shrine
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Practical Information

Shizuoka is definitely worth a visit if you're interested in traveling off the beaten path. This moderate-sized city is famous for seafood especially shirasu (dried baby anchovies) and sakura ebi (sakura shrimp). Other specialties include green tea and fresh wasabi. Shizuoka is easy to get to from major Japanese cities by bullet train or airplane. Obtaining English information on rural parts of Japan can sometimes be difficult. If you wish to visit Okuni Shrine and other parts of Shizuoka, the following websites may be useful.

Shizuoka Guide

Okuni Shrine

Shizuoka on Tripadvisor

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      What gorgeous photos! Autumn is my favorite season and these pictures show why. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Christine Larsen 2 years ago from South Australia

      Sensational - smine27.

      Thank you Mother Nature, and thank you for recording her.

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      JohnCumbow 3 years ago

      Lovely! Visiting the shrines was one of my favorite activities when I went to Japan 20 years ago.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for hosting this delightful journey to Okuni Shrine. I found the experience wonderful!

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      Ultimatedivemaster 3 years ago

      Great information here. Very well put together...

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Sunflower2423: I'm so glad you enjoyed this place as much as I have.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ThingsAMommyNeeds: Thanks so much!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @captainj88: Thank you! I truly apprecaite your visit.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: Thanks so much!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Adventuretravels: Aww thank you so much. Let me know if you ever make it here.

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      @sherwing: Thank you

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      terry-stanton 3 years ago

      Thank you. I just found your page and I am captivated by your story. Lots of courage, lots of talent. Wishing you the best of luck in your journey.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @terry-stanton: Thank you Terry for those encouraging words.

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      @MarcellaCarlton: At first glance, I thought...she didn't like it! haha. thanks for making my heart skip a beat. :)

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      @Steph Tietjen: Thank you so much for taking the trip with me.

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      @tbonestakes: Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

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      @LoriBeninger: Thanks so much for reading! I sure enjoyed creating this lens.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Old Navy Guy: Thank you for your nice comment on my lens. Your lenses are always intriguing.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LoboLoco LM: Japan waits for you my friend. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sybil watson: Thank you so much sybil for those kind words. You made my day!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @changrcoacher: Thank you so much for visiting.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tonyleather: Thank you tony. Truly appreciate your visits.

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      candy47 3 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful lens! Thank you so much for taking me to a place I'd never been. Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @candy47: Thanks so much! I was thrilled!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @delia-delia: Thanks for visiting. That Japanese garden in SF sounds like a lovely place to visit.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Merrci: thanks so much Merrci. So glad you enjoyed it.

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      @ColettaTeske: I really enjoyed making this lens. Thanks for reading!

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      @Susan Zutautas: Thanks so much Susan. Hmm....good question. I really have no idea why.

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      @chrisilouwho: Thanks so much for reading chris.

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      @GrammieOlivia: Thanks so much for visiting!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: thank you RenaissanceWoman. I truly appreciate it. Japan will always be waiting for you!

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      @chocochipchip: Thanks so much!

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      @valueapartments: It was my pleasure. Thanks for visiting!

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      @DawnRae64: Aww thank you so much for your comments! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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      @Dressage Husband: Thank you so much for the kind words.

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      @jimconrad2: Thanks so much. It really is a beautiful place.

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      @PriyabrataSingh: I plan to show a lot more in the near future. Thanks for reading!

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      kelvinng 3 years ago

      Wow, beautiful autumn photos :-)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @rainykua: Aww thank you! Actually no, I don't think they are for sale, but then I didn't ask.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ChocolateLily: Well, you're always welcome here! Japan is waiting for you. :)

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      @anonymous: It was my pleasure making this lens. Thanks!

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      @sousababy: Thanks so much Rose. That means the world to me.

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      Phoebs78 3 years ago

      The photos are stunning. Wow.

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      Max Globe 3 years ago

      Amazing pictures!

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      jennabeezer 3 years ago

      As always, I loved taking your virtual tour. I would really enjoy visiting Japan someday. In my ignorance, I think I expected all of Japan to be one big city. I would never have expected to find such beautiful countryside. Thank you for sharing the great photos!

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      Ann-Marie 3 years ago from England, UK

      beautiful photos

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      I live in the country, but it's not as beautiful as these photos, but I love it just the same. This is a really beautiful lens!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      Such gorgeous colors and pictures.

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      fifinn 3 years ago

      awesome. Nice lens. Love the picture.

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      LornsA178 3 years ago

      What a beautiful colors! I love your pictures and the place you visited. I love autumn, thanks!

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      portable-batteries 3 years ago

      beautiful pictures,I enjoyed reading it.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      What an amazing place, with superb photos. This reminds me of the colors of the trees in Michigan, where I saw two autumns. Here in California the few trees that change color aren't nearly so beautiful.

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      Tasha North 3 years ago

      You have beautiful pictures here, colorful lens

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      markdrouser 3 years ago

      Great article...I enjoyed reading it

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      kangela1 3 years ago

      Your pictures are bautiful! What a great lens!

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      Sunflower2423 3 years ago

      Very beautiful! I enjoyed looking at the pretty pictures and reading your lens. I love just gazing at natures beauty. It is so relaxing. :)

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      Heather George 3 years ago

      Beautiful! Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      So proud of your LOTD honors. Truly deserved. I always enjoy your lenses.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Great travel lens, excellent pictures. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      I'd so love to go to Shizuoka! Maybe one day I'll get there. Your lens has inspired me. it's very beautiful.

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      Sherwin Griffith 3 years ago from Bridgeport Connecticut United States

      nice very nice

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Lovely! So glad you shared with all of us.

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      Greg2255 3 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful! A true work of art! Congrats.

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      I didn't like it, I loved it! This is a very beautiful place--a hidden treasure. You did it justice with your beautiful photographs. Great lens!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      smine, I just had to return and congratulate you on this stupendous news. I was thrilled for you when I saw this lens had been chosen LOTD. Best wishes for a wonderful day as you enjoy all the happy tidings from your friends--and many new ones about to discover you--here on Squidoo.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 3 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Thank you for sharing your interesting excursion and the beautiful photos. This lens is a treasure.

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      tbonestakes 3 years ago

      Lovely lens the colors burst upon the senses! Congrats on the LOTD!

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      Clairissa 3 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I enjoyed this lens very much. It was beautiful.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      The colors are amazing! I love that you shared the miniatures, too. Beautiful, beautiful and informative lens. Congratulations on the well-deserved Lens of the Day!

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      LoriBeninger 3 years ago

      Gorgeous and thoughtful lens. Thank you for sharing (and congratulations on your LotD).

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      Old Navy Guy 3 years ago

      Very nice job on your lens. Japan is a truly beautiful place to visit. Also, congratulations on being awarded Lens Of The Day as well as the Purple Star. Both are well deserved.

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      LoboLoco LM 3 years ago

      Great lens, truly love it! I'd love to go there myself one day, Japan in general for that matter. Beautiful pictures and congrats on getting LOTD!

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      Wow, this lens is a work of art! I'm so glad that you got the LOTD - you've really raised the bar with this page.

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      changrcoacher 3 years ago

      This spectacular lens is a beautiful spiritual experience this morning. Thank you and Congratulations!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      A truly memorable lens about what appears to be a lovely place to visit. Well done!

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I certainly enjoyed this lens very much. Bringing back childhood memories of Sundays at the "The Japanese Tea Garden" in SF Golden Gate Park. My Japanese friend in Calif. had a gorgeous garden with Koi and waterfall. Here we have a city Rotary Garden that has beautiful Japanese areas, bridge and all...

      Thanks for sharing this beauty. I wish we had a choice of 'liking' seasons of Spring And Fall...it was hard for me to choose.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Yes! What a wonderful lens and great photography. Also think the miniatures are amazing too--such patience. Congrats on LofD! Well deserved.

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      This is such a wonderful look at Japan and its changing fall colors. I loved going on this photo journey. Thank you @smine27 and congratulations.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      First of all congratulations on your lens being chosen as LOTD! This is one of the most beautiful articles I've ever read. Your photos are amazing, and yes I enjoyed the journey very much. I do have one question though, why is the tree trunk so well protected?

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing this!

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Congratulations well deserved LoTD, beautiful pictures and lovely lens.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Exquisite! Japan is calling to me (not that it ever stopped whispering my name). Glorious. Congrats on LotD!

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      chocochipchip 3 years ago

      I love the colors of the trees! Lovely lens!

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      Value Apartments 3 years ago from London

      Wonderful Post! Thanks for sharing such amazing information :)

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Congrats on the LotD, Smine! well-deserved. This is a lovely lens, I looked at it at work and kept the photos up. (can't usually comment from work, so i see that i forgot to comment when I got home).

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      ShelbyLinMarie 3 years ago

      Wow! Amazing photos! Thank you for the information. I have never heard of this place. I will have to read the rest of your lenses if they are as informative and well done as this one.

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      This was a well deserved LOTD I have never been to Japan, but these pictures are absolutely beautiful and it is quite impossible to choose a favourite because of that.

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      jimconrad2 3 years ago

      Your lens was quite enjoyable. The Okuni Shrine would be a great place to visit.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Congratulations on LOTD, Great Pictures and thanks for the tour,

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      Eleanor Candy 3 years ago from Australia

      Great lens with beautiful pictures :)

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      Thank you for making the choice so simple. This is one of the most beautiful place. It is truly an exciting journey to Okuni Shrine through the eyes of your lens."Land of the Rising Sun" has a lot of other places to discover. Hope you will move up with other places in Japan which are unfold till date. Many congratulation on Lens Of The Day.

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      rainykua 3 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD! :) This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen! The miniature sets are really cute. Do they sell them?