Visiting the White Heron Castle, Himeji-jō, the largest castle in Japan and one of the 12 original castles of Japan.
The richness of the dashi flavor in the dashimaki tamago makes this egg dish easily one my favorites in Japan.
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.
A trip to one of the Three Views of Japan – Amanohashidate, roughly translates to “bridge to heaven”. Viewing the sandbar from the southern and northern bays, walking on the pine-tree covered sandbar, and side visits to Chionji and Motoise Kono Jinja.
A trip to one of the Kamo Shrines, Kamigamo-jinja, or Kamo-wake-ikazuchi, one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Kyoto, dedicated to the Thunder God.
Continuing my trip in hidden Arashiyama, exploring the somber Adashino Nenbutsu-ji and the whimsical statues in Otagi Nenbutsuji, while walking through the Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street.
Lovely moss garden and thatched roof at Gioji, an often overlooked temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto.
A visit to the slightly off-the-beaten path temple in Kyoto, a monzeki temple in which retired Emperors resided. Located next to the oldest, partly survived Shinden-style garden pond.
An unexpected stop at Ryozen Kannon in Higashiyama, Kyoto, dedicated to those who were lost on both sides of WWII.
Stopping at Hiyoshi Taisha, an old Shinto shrine located at the foot of Mt Hiei, worshiping monkey deities, before heading to Enryakuji.
The 13th temple on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage, offering abundance of flora varieties, and picturesque temple halls amidst wollastonite.