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.
Visit to the lavishly decorated Kunozan Toshogu, enshrining Tokugawa Ieyasu. Walking down the 1000 steps of stone stairs overlooking Suruga Bay on a sunny Sunday.
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.
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.
Admiring autumn leaves through a short hike from Togakushi-hokosha (lower shrine) to Togakushi-okusha (upper shrine), located in former Togakure, said to be the birthplace of the Togakure-ryu Ninja School.
Stopping at Hiyoshi Taisha, an old Shinto shrine located at the foot of Mt Hiei, worshiping monkey deities, before heading to Enryakuji.