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Heian Jingu Michi
Shrines, museums, temples and autumn scenery
This Kyoto Street stretches from Heian Jingu Shrine to Maruyama Park, with many points of interest along the way including the big red torii and Chion-in's magnificent gate.  

Hakusan Shrine in the Fukui Forest
A chance encounter with a jewel deep in the woods
Hakusan Shrine, which I found by chance, stands in a silent forest in Fukui surrounded by tall straight cedar trees.

Sunset at Okoshiki Beach
Beautiful mud flats and a mysterious vanishing causeway
Seeing Nagabeta Causeway and Okoshiki Mud Flats in Uto city was a dream come true, and it was as wonderful as I expected - maybe even better!

Autumn Foliage of Seattle Wood
'International Friendship Forest' at Kobe Arboretum
'Seattle Wood' was created in commemoration of the sister-city affiliation between Kobe city and Seattle city. Autumn leaves under the setting sun are awesome here.

Autumn Colors at Hase Pond in Kobe
Brilliant fall leaves in Kobe Municipal Arboretum
Gorgeous autumn foliage of 'Kobe Municipal Arboretum' at the foot of Mount Rokko, Kobe.

Shizuoka Museum of Art's Rodin Wing
A room dedicated to the French master of sculpture
The Rodin Wing at Shizuoka Prefectural Art Museum is a hushed, atmospheric space dedicated to the works of Auguste Rodin, among them his iconic "The Thinker".

Nihonmatsu Chrysanthemum Festival
Flowers that make smiles blossom
The Nihonmatsu Chrysanthemum Festival (二本松菊人形) is a month long chrysanthemum festival featuring dolls dressed in floral attire. Continuing for over 60 years and taking place at the Kasumiga Castle ruins (霞ヶ城公園), the event has become a major attraction in Fukushima Prefecture. 

Kyoto Arashiyama Lantern Street
Flower Lantern Path through the bamboo grove of Sagano
Kyoto's mysterious 'Bamboo Grove of Sagano' illuminated in the dark.

Kyoto Higashiyama Lantern Street
Illuminated Kiyomizu Temple at night
Kyoto Higashiyama Flower Lantern Festival: Gorgeous and mysterious views of Kiyomizu Temple looming in the dark.

Meigetsuin Temple in Kita-Kamakura
A National Historic Site meaning “Bright Moon”
Meigetsu-in means “Bright Moon” or is also referred to as “Harvest Moon.” Founded in 1160, Meigetsu-in is a subsidiary of the Zenkoji Temple. Enjoy a tranquil walk along the lush green pathways, sit by the rabbit enclosure, find quiet time at the teahouse, or admire the beauty of the circular window that frames the inner garden ever-so-dramatically, every season.

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