The newly refurbished Hiroshima Peace Park Museum has a fascinating display that depicts the bombing as seen from above over a few minutes time.
Engaku-ji Temple complex in Kamakura is a quick day trip from Tokyo and one of the highlights after seeing the Big Buddha.
Mt. Fuji, if it’s out that day, can be easily seen from the Shinkansen. Sit on the right side when traveling South, on the left when traveling North.
Hidden in a secret spot in Kyoto is a beautiful bamboo forest that you can drive through to see. Takes a while to get there, but worth the wait if you want to avoid the crowds.
Guess there is some power in doubling up, but this is one of the stranger combinations we’ve seen for a food shop.
This Nio Guardian stands at the gate of Senso-ji temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. Good thing he’s fenced in!
This beautiful lamp is one of the many little photographic sidelights that you can find at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto.
If you are in Tokyo at night and want to see a traditional light-up, visit this temple in Asakusa for a stroll after dinner. Light ups run fairly late here.
Since Fushimi Inari is one of the most photographed places in Kyoto (if not Japan), it only goes to follow that it’s also a place to photograph photographers. Getting just the right portrait, without too many bystanders, takes skill and some ingenuity. This young lady positions herself between the gates to get a good shot of a friend.
This enormous lantern hangs over the Treasure House gate of Tokyo’s Senso-ji temple, one of the most popular spots for tourist photos in this city.
The Hakone Open Air museum has numerous outdoor art installations set in the green hills of Hakone. In mid-summer, the greenery is both restful and vibrant.
Maps are EVERYWHERE in Japan, with the ever-useful “You are Here”. This one is of the hills around Fushimi Inari. Most people only ever visit the lower gates – but if you hike up the hill you’ll get past the crowds and enter the meditative entrance to the entire shring complex.
O-mikuji are fortunes written on strips of paper at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan. These were photographed at Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari. You can even find them festooned over nearby trees.
We love the look of this traditional fan store located in the heart of Arashiyama. Everything about it is Japanese.
The Takashimaya department store is such a landmark that it merits it’s own mention on the direction signs in a subway train station several blocks away.
Hakone Shrine’s torii gate stands guard over Lake Ashi on this rainy day.
Right in the heart of Nishiki Market, with all its crowds and food vendors, you can find a moment respite in the local shrine.
The bright, vivid red of a lamp in the Gion beckons the patrons into this establishment in Kyoto’s geisha district.
The ropeway takes you from the top of Hakone’s cable car (from Gora) over the Owakudani sulfurous steam vents and down the other side of the hill to Lake Ashi.
What’s more classic as a souvenir than Japanese chopsticks. These are on display in Asakusa where you can find tourist-type items. For the serious shopper, sets of chopsticks (smaller for the ladies, larger for the men) can run to hundreds of dollars.