Honen-in is said to have originated from a humble thatched hut where Honen practiced nembutsu with his disciples.
With Shibamata Taishakuten Temple in the center, Shibamata has a couple of interesting spots, all of which are conveniently located within walking distance of each other.
Satoyama refers to a forest which people utilize for its lumber, mushrooms or wild plants. A 'countryside forest' might be the closest English counterpart.
The "old missionary house" used to be a residence of an American missionary, J. M. McCaleb.
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