Hakuba in green season offers a plethora of outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, mountain-biking and more. I hiked to Happo-ike or Happo Pond on this clear weather to see the beautiful pond with the reflection of the Hakuba Sanzan – Mt. Shakushi, Mt. Yari, and Mt. Shirouma.
Exploring another bamboo temple, this time in Kamakura’s Hokokuji Temple, family temples of the Ashikaga clan and later the Uesugi clan.
Just an hour away from Nagoya, Korankei Valley in Toyota is famous for its autumn colors in November, regarded as one of the best spots in the Chubu Region. Over 4,000 maple trees are planted along the valley, creating a wonderful sight during the height of autumn season.
Experience tranquility at the less-visited Raigō-in in Ohara, Kyoto, and a short walk behind the temple to the Soundless Waterfall, Otonashi-no-taki.
Continuing my hike in Kamikochi, from Kappabashi (Kappa Bridge) to Myojin-ike (Myojin Pond).
Awed by the beautiful autumn foliage, magnificent views of Northern Japan Alps, and the clear Azusa river in a day-trip hike in Kamikochi, part of the Chubu Sangaku National Park.
A walk in the park of lava rocks formed by the eruption of Mount Asama (an active volcano).
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 Tojinbo, picturesque cliffs along the sea of Japan and tasting great fresh seafood.