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.