Around eight years ago, my host family in Japan took me to a beautiful place that I am having some trouble remembering the name of. My host sister and I are no longer in contact, so I cannot ask her the name of the place.
I've attached a picture, but since my camera ran out of batteries that day, I was unable to take more than 4 pictures (and I can only find one of them for now).
This is the picture: http://i46.tinypic.com/ivzsiq.jpg
I am sorry about my poor editing skill, if you even can call it that.
Some facts about the place:
1) My host family lived in Hiroshima, and I feel this place was not very far away (less than a 2 hour drive, though it could have been much shorter than that)
2) This place was imbedded in the side of a mountain, and had a huge drum at the bottom (a taiko).
3) Because the biuldings were sort of imbedded in the mountain, one could walk on the roofs of buildings as they climbed the path higher up, though I did not see people actually doing that
4) There was a restaurant at the bottom, somewhat near the taiko. In this restaurant, shoes had to be removed at the entrance and placed in cubby holes. The restaurant was kind of dark and I think there were various kinds of samurai armour around the place. Everyone seemed to be eating yakitori on their own personal grills.
5) There were some jizo at the bottom of the path
I know this description is not very good, since these characteristics are common of many places in Japan. But, if you have any ideas of where this might be, I would be so happy to hear. I will be moving to Japan this July and would like to take my husband there.