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.
The 13th temple on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage, offering abundance of flora varieties, and picturesque temple halls amidst wollastonite.
A visit to Heijo-kyo, capital of Ancient Nara, and Kofukuji, one of Nara’s most important temples.
Two Budhhist temples in Nara within walking distance to each other – Toshodai-ji, an otherworldly trip and Yakushiji, a look at how serious reconstruction is.
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 visit to Kasuga Taisha, a temples with variety of lanterns, and first encounter with the famed deer of Nara.
Hiking the old Nakasendo, from the preserved post towns of Magome to Tsumago in the Kiso Valley.