We are back from our 2018 Japan Fall Tours. We had a wonderful time hanging out with our guests and sharing what we love about Japan. The weather was great and the autumn leaves were beautiful! Here are some photos of the people and places from our Fall Tours. Enjoy!
We took a day-trip to Nikko and saw the elaborately decorated tomb of Tokugawa at Toshogu Shrine. This World Heritage Site is covered in beautiful wood carvings and gold leaf.
Every morning at dawn a beautiful ceremony is held at Zenkou Temple in Nagano City. You can even get blessed by the head monk as he makes his way to the temple. This is a photo of two monks leaving the temple after the morning ceremony.
Matsumoto Castle is one of only five original castles remaining in Japan and is designated a National Treasure.
Kanazawa is famous for its restored Geisha entertainment district of Higashi Chaya, the Nagamachi Samurai district, and the Kenrokuen Garden, one of three most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan.
Takayama holds what’s said to be one of the most beautiful fall festivals in Japan, where centuries old floats parade the old-fashioned streets of this mountain town.
Tsumago, a Preserved Mountain Village
Tsumago is one of the preserved mountain villages in the Kiso Valley that is connected to Magome by the Nakasendo trail. Visiting these villages is like stepping back in time.
Hiroshima & Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park
Because there are fewer travelers in the Fall, it was much easier to get this perfect picture of the Peace Memorial Reflection pond, the Eternal Peace Flame and the Atomic Bomb Dome.
Floating Torii Gate
This is a shot of the iconic floating red Torii Gate from the far left side of the Itsukushima Shrine. After visiting the Shrine we stopped at a quiet cafe and relaxed with a hot cup of coffee.
Todai-ji Temple is the largest wooden structure and houses the largest bronze Buddha in the world!
Nara Park, Todai-ji and Kasuga Shrine are surrounded by 1,000+ deer. According to Shinto legend, deer are believed to be messengers from the gods. So these sacred deer are free to roam the park as they please.
The Golden Temple (Kinkakuji) on a beautiful autumn morning.
The paths at Fushimi Inari Taisha lead up a small mountain and are lined with thousands of red Torii Gates. You can always manage to get an amazing picture or two during the hike.
We took a beautiful evening stroll through the Gion area and saw a couple of cranes fishing in a small river.
Fuji View Ryokan
This was the view from the roof top observatory of our Fuji Ryokan. I’m always impressed, no matter how many times I see it!
Himeji Castle is a World Heritage Site and a National Treasure of Japan. This well-preserved original structure is over 400 years old and made up of 83 buildings. Because of its white appearance, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Japan.
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