A relaxing stroll in the beautiful Genkyuen, the garden in the grounds of Hikone castle, featuring a central pond with multiple islands connected by bridges.
A stroll in Hama Rikyu, the only remaining tidal pond garden in Tokyo, offering contrast views of Edo-style garden against the backdrop of skyscrapers.
Special Night Illumination of the Phoenix Hall @ Byōdōin in Autumn 2017.
A long drive to Usui Pass 3rd Bridge (Megane Bashi) to see the abandoned red-brick bridge.
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.