Yamanoi Park stands just a few steps beside a riverine community. The area I visited is sparsely designed with a torii at the front, flanked by pine trees. It looked a bit worn down. There's an interesting stone lantern at the back. There's also a stair at the side and an edifice that could be a temple, which is styled like the machiyas in town, with white walls. Surrounding it is a vast empty space for parking, and the road going towards the hilly town of Kurogi.
At the other side of the road, there's a small village. Like many places outside the city, places like these feel like ghost towns. The streets are deserted, the surroundings serene.
There's a pond with bridges nearby and trails that lead to a forest up the hills, but I didn't have time to find it because of the rains. I had to go up the mountains to see Reiganji Temple before the roads turn impassable.
|A dragon and a flower
|This is the part of Yamanoi Park I was supposed to check out. This photo only courtesy of sugikats and Wikimedia.
|The Greater Yame City area includes these political partitions.