I’d like to wrap up my Japan series by providing some itineraries based on my experience. There is so much to see and do, so please note that these are just suggestions. So many things can change your plans: getting on the wrong train (never happened to us in Tokyo, but happened a dismaying amount throughout Osaka and Kyoto),…
Nature and Zen in Nara. We visit the largest bronze Buddha housed in one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, feed wild deer, enjoy a tranquil Japanese garden, and eat great street food!
We pay a visit to the White Heron Castle. Bonus: cherry blossoms at their best!
For a beautiful sight of cherry blossoms in the spring, walk the Path of Philosophy in Kyoto.
A temple containing a thousand life-sized statues of Kannon, as well as beautiful grounds to enjoy.
Even on a gloomy, drizzly day, the Golden Pavilion shone bright and beautiful.
Kyoto after dark.
Kyoto is chock-full of beautiful temples and eye-catching shrines. Kiyomizu-dera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most famous.