Quiet stroll at Kyu Shiba Rikyu, one of the two surviving Edo garden in Tokyo, featuring a central pond with four small islands and various rock formations.
Visiting Meigetsu-in in Kamakura, famous as Ajisai-dera (Hydrangea Temple) during autumn to see the autumn foliage which was just turning color.
Autumn foliage at Engakuji, a Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism temple, built as a memorial to soldiers lost during the battles against the Mongolian invasion in Japan.
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.
Strolling in one of the Tokyo Metropolitan Gardens, Kiyosumi Teien, featuring a large pond with three islands and manmade hills, stepping stones pathways, and landscape stones collected from all over Japan.
First post of the Affordable Japan series! Exploring Highway Buses as a budget-travel option between cities.
A long drive to Usui Pass 3rd Bridge (Megane Bashi) to see the abandoned red-brick bridge.
Deep-fried manju with anko (red-bean) filling.
An evening in Akihabara
A walk in the park of lava rocks formed by the eruption of Mount Asama (an active volcano).
A trip to Odaiba, a man-made island in Tokyo – hiking the Rainbow Bridge, taking pictures with the Gundam statue, and dip in hot spring in an Onsen Theme Park made to look like the old Edo.