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.
An unexpected enjoyable visit to Hikone Castle, one of the 12 original castles. Though the castle keep is small in size, especially in comparison to the likes of Himeji Castle, this hilltop castle offers a view of Hikone and features a number of intact buildings thus allowing visitors a more "complete" experience of a Japanese feudal castle.
Looking for blood-red maples leaves at Kongourinji, one of the three Kotosanzan temples of Tendai Sect Buddhism in Japan.
Stopping at Hiyoshi Taisha, an old Shinto shrine located at the foot of Mt Hiei, worshiping monkey deities, before heading to Enryakuji.
The 13th temple on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage, offering abundance of flora varieties, and picturesque temple halls amidst wollastonite.