A relaxing stroll in the beautiful Genkyuen, the garden in the grounds of Hikone castle, featuring a central pond with multiple islands connected by bridges.
A stroll in Hama Rikyu, the only remaining tidal pond garden in Tokyo, offering contrast views of Edo-style garden against the backdrop of skyscrapers.
Looking for blood-red maples leaves at Kongourinji, one of the three Kotosanzan temples of Tendai Sect Buddhism in Japan.
Strolling in one of the Tokyo Metropolitan Gardens, Kiyosumi Teien, featuring a large pond with three islands and manmade hills, stepping stones pathways, and landscape stones collected from all over Japan.
Relaxing stroll at Koko-en Garden, located right next to Himeji Castle, featuring 9 different gardens.
Though having lost its castle keep, Nijo Castle is a worthy visit for its Ninomaru Palace, a rare surviving example of Japan’s castle palace.
Brief visit to Momijiyama Garden, located next to the Sunpu Castle ruins. Though relatively small, the garden features four distinct scenes which represent the scenic landscapes of Suruga.
Lovely moss garden and thatched roof at Gioji, an often overlooked temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto.
A trip to Todaiji, in which the main hall is one of largest wooden structure in the world, and Yoshikien Garden, a paradise for moss garden lovers.
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.
Asakusa, where the future meets the past. Though located in central Tokyo, Asakusa gives off vibes of old Japan.