Finding peace amidst soaring bamboos, green moss, and colorful autumn leaves in Jizō-in (Bamboo Temple), hidden away in crowded Arashiyama.
Relaxing stroll at Koko-en Garden, located right next to Himeji Castle, featuring 9 different gardens.
Visiting the White Heron Castle, Himeji-jō, the largest castle in Japan and one of the 12 original castles of Japan.
Riding only one roller-coaster at Fuji-Q Highland due to the long queues and visiting beautiful Shibazakura Festival near Lake Motosuko.
The richness of the dashi flavor in the dashimaki tamago makes this egg dish easily one my favorites in Japan.
Deep-fried manju with anko (red-bean) filling.
A short trip to Hamamatsu in Shizuoka prefecture, visiting Hamamatsu Castle where Ieyasu spent 17 years during his younger days and Kanzanji, a Zen-Buddhist temple on Mt. Tateyama.
An evening in Akihabara
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.