My dear friends and fellow bloggers, I am back! And I have certainly missed you all!
Last month I took some much needed time away from work and went to Japan for a visit. This was my third time in the country. I traveled extensively in the Kansai region, checking out autumn foliage as the season progressed.
Below is a quick recap of my trip.
We began our journey in Hiroshima, paying tribute to the Peace Memorial in the morning, visiting the saketown of Sanjo in the afternoon.
Next day we hopped on a bus to Sandankyo Gorge, breathing fresh mountain air and admiring its countless waterfalls.
A visit to Hiroshima is not complete without a day trip to the island of Miyajima.
and its emblematic floating Torii.
Leaving Hiroshima behind, we traveled to Okayama.
Korakuen is one of the top three gardens in Japan and we were fortunate to see it glowing after dark.
With Okayama as our base, we made day trips to the canal town of Kurashiki,
and the rural-island-turned-contemporary-art-mecca Naoshima.
On our way to Osaka, we visited the UNESCO World Heritage Himeji Castle.
Hint: Its exterior is more impressive than its interior. A visit to the garden is a MUST!
Osaka is known as Japan’s Kitchen.
Needless to say, our stomachs did not suffer.
After we had enough of city life, we headed south to Mt. Koya,
where we stayed at a Buddhist temple overnight. It was both a cold (temperature-wise) and exhilarating experience!
Further south, the beach town of Shirahama, was our gateway to Kumano Kodo
An ancient pilgrimage route across the Kii Peninsula linking three grand shrines, namely Kumano Hongū Taisha
Kumano Hayatama Taisha
and Kumano Nachi Taisha
where the colour was at its best
along Japan’s tallest waterfall.
To be continued…