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.
Though having lost its castle keep, Nijo Castle is a worthy visit for its Ninomaru Palace, a rare surviving example of Japan’s castle palace.
An evening in Akihabara
Brief visit to Momijiyama Garden, located next to the Sunpu Castle ruins. Though relatively small, the garden features four distinct scenes which represent the scenic landscapes of Suruga.
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.