Welcome to the new and improved home of The Temple Guy!

Please use the links below to go to further guides (and to get some idea of what this site covers). Or, if you prefer, just browse the blog.

Additionally, you can see "teasers" if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.

Now, let's go have some fun!

A technical note: Blog entries for places visited will be in the order visited--that is, if I visited a temple in China on a day in 2009, that will be the date of the blog entry. Current entries--dates in 2019, say--will include background information and let you know What's New?

Each of the following serves as a sort of "Sub-Guide" to the topic. Go explore! The first two of these are still (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) but the place-based Sub-Guides are ready for viewing, as are all Google maps.

  • Figures and Features Found in Temples: A listing of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Kings and generals, Arhats, and historical personages found in the temples of Japan and China (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
  • A Pilgrim's Progress: A record of what I saw, where, and when--in chronological order (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

Note: The three routes above together constitute the "Nihon Hyakku Kannon kasho," the 100 Kannon Places of Japan.
Note: The two experiences above were undertaken in a single journey--largely on foot--of just over 10 weeks.
  • Pilgrimages inside Tokyo: One long and six short pilgrimages inside Tokyo dedicated to various Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, etc. (ten Shinto shrines, too!) done over a couple of weeks (2004) (list to be added)
  • Other Temples and Shrines in Japan: Independent sacred sites encountered in my travels (1997-2010)



(from travels in a previous life--mostly pre-1997)

Last updated July 12, 2019

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