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.
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.
Lovely moss garden and thatched roof at Gioji, an often overlooked temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto.
A visit to the slightly off-the-beaten path temple in Kyoto, a monzeki temple in which retired Emperors resided. Located next to the oldest, partly survived Shinden-style garden pond.
An unexpected stop at Ryozen Kannon in Higashiyama, Kyoto, dedicated to those who were lost on both sides of WWII.
A trip to famous Arashiyama famous bamboo groves, only to be disappointed by how crowded it was . . . and an unexpected worthy visit to the nearby Tenryuji.
A visit to Uji, a city south of Kyoto known for green tea and its temples and shrines, especially Byodo-in which is imprinted on the back of the 10-yen coin.