Hiking the old Nakasendo, from the preserved post towns of Magome to Tsumago in the Kiso Valley.
A walk in the park of lava rocks formed by the eruption of Mount Asama (an active volcano).
A trip to Horyuji, a Buddhist temple housing some of the oldest wooden building in the world, and Shin-Yakushiji, a less visited temple in Nara.
A visit around Asuka on bicycle, once the capital of Japan during the Asuka period (year 538 to 710).
A trip to famous Arashiyama famous bamboo groves, only to be disappointed by how crowded it was . . . and an unexpected worthy visit to the nearby Tenryuji.
A trip to Odaiba, a man-made island in Tokyo – hiking the Rainbow Bridge, taking pictures with the Gundam statue, and dip in hot spring in an Onsen Theme Park made to look like the old Edo.
Asakusa, where the future meets the past. Though located in central Tokyo, Asakusa gives off vibes of old Japan.
A trip to Tojinbo, picturesque cliffs along the sea of Japan and tasting great fresh seafood.
A visit to Uji, a city south of Kyoto known for green tea and its temples and shrines, especially Byodo-in which is imprinted on the back of the 10-yen coin.