Finding peace amidst soaring bamboos, green moss, and colorful autumn leaves in Jizō-in (Bamboo Temple), hidden away in crowded Arashiyama.
A long drive to Usui Pass 3rd Bridge (Megane Bashi) to see the abandoned red-brick bridge.
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.
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.