Standing on the top of the mountain

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Standing on the top of the mountain

I have been away for the last 5 days and have some photos to catch up shortly. Can you guess where I have been?

What river might this be?

Arcades

Arcades

Time for some tea

I am very excited to be telling you more about these colors. Can you guess what this is for?

The views are wonderful in Arashiyama, from the mountains to the clear waterways

Arashiyama, Kyoto

The views are wonderful in Arashiyama, from the mountains to the clear waterways

A beautiful sunny day in Arashiyama by the water. Arashiyama is a great place to take a day trip from central Kyoto and enjoy the mountains and Temples in the area. On the weekend many families are out walking along the river.

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Eiheiji Temple

The main entrance to Eiheiji

The main entrance to Eiheiji Temple

Walking up the main entrance taking in the peaceful greenery, you get the sense that this is a special place

Walking up the main entrance taking in the peaceful greenery, you get the sense that this is a special place

Buildings appear through the lush green foliage

Buildings appear through the lush green foliage

Nice combination of stonework with natures colors around

Map of the temple grounds

Map of the temple grounds

A little bit of Autum color

A little bit of Autum color

The temple is built on the hillside so there are stairs and gardens everywhere. It makes for a very nice setting

The temple is built on the hillside so there are stairs and gardens everywhere. It makes for a very nice setting

Interesting shaped structure

Interesting shaped structure

This room was huge. I think it was 400 tatatmi mats in size

This room was huge. I think it was 400 tatatmi mats in size

Walking through the inner corridors

Walking through corridors

The ceiling of this room was very detailed

The ceiling of this room was very detailed

Looking back down one of the stairways within the temple

Looking back down one of the stairways within the temple

The buildings are connected with stair corridors allowing you to walk around the entire complex undercover

Its a long walk up here

Not sure what this object was representing

Not sure what this object was representing

The scenery outside of the windows is quite serene

Magnificent workmanship

Magnificent workmanship

Time for some quiet reflection

Time for some quiet reflection

The buildings blend into their surrounds nicely

Gardens and buildings both well maintained

The wood on the floor was very smooth under foot. You walk around of course with no shoes here

One of the temple buildings

One of the temple buildings

Temple grounds

Temple grounds

No shortage of stairs to exercise on

The temple was immaculately clean and looked in great condition

Lots of history here

Back on the stairs

Back on the stairs

Back towards the main temple building up the hill

Looking towards the main temple building up the hill

Some guards watching over the grounds

Some guards watching over the grounds

The covered structure on the left is one of the inner staircases. Going up the stairs reminded of a scene from an anime

The covered structure on the left is one of the inner staircases. Going up the stairs reminded of a scene from an anime

So much greenery on the grounds

So much greenery on the grounds

Gentle stream running down past the temple

Gentle stream running down past the temple

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Naoshima, Shikoku

One of Kusama Yayoi's pumpkins sitting on the pier at Naoshima

One of Kusama Yayoi's pumpkins sitting on the pier at Naoshima

Boats in the harbor at Naoshima

Boats in the harbor at Naoshima

Looking out on a smaller island

Looking out on a smaller island

You can go inside this red pumpkin which sits near the ferry terminal

You can go inside this red pumpkin which sits near the ferry terminal

The community bus that takes you from one side of the island to the other

The community bus that takes you from one side of the island to the other

The beach near Benesse House

The beach near Benesse House

Looking back at the hotel, Benesse House

Looking back at the hotel, Benesse House

Pumpkin and the bay

Pumpkin and the bay

Pumpkin on a beach

Pumpkin on a beach

I got up early to take the sunrise, but the weather was overcast

I got up early to take the sunrise, but the weather was overcast

A great place to sit and relax looking out over the water

A great place to sit and relax looking out over the water

Getting ready to go for a swim

Getting ready to go for a swim

Colorful

Colorful

Benesse House

Benesse House

Time for a read of the paper

Time for a read of the paper

Lots of great art work in the park here

Lots of great art work in the park here

The architecture blends in with nature

The architecture blends in with nature

Inside Benesse House, designed by Ando Takao

Inside Benesse House, designed by Ando Takao

Trademark bare concrete with interesting light angles, by Ando-san

Trademark bare concrete with interesting light angles, by Ando-san

Pumpkin at night

Pumpkin at night

Have you ever visited Naoshima?

Shirakawago

Shirakawago

Autumn in the World Heritage Shirakawago area

The town of Shirakawago

The town of Shirakawago

Tourist Information Center

Tourist Information Center

Local toilets

Local toilets

Beautiful flowers out a this time of year

Beautiful flowers out a this time of year

Very peaceful

Very peaceful

Butterfly

Butterfly

Good way to keep the drinks cool

Good way to keep the drinks cool

This would be a great place to sit and have a cup of tea

This would be a great place to sit and have a cup of tea

One of the many houses you can stay in (better book in advance)

One of the many houses you can stay in (better book in advance)

Some of the backstreets have their own great character

Some of the backstreets have their own great character

In winter the snow settles on the roof giving a very different soft look

In winter the snow settles on the roof giving a very different soft look

270 years of history in this building

One of the buildings designated as a National Treasure in Japan

One of the buildings designated as a National Treasure in Japan

Local life

Local life

Lodging here in the winter can be quite cold

You can book in advance to stay here

You can book in advance to stay here

Walking down main street

Another place of lodging

Another place of lodging

There are a number of Temples, shops and restaurants to see

There are a number of Temples, shops and restaurants to see

Stop in for quick bite

Stop in for quick bite

Crossing the bridge to the car park

Crossing the bridge to the car park

This concrete bridge over the river looks like it doesnt have much support

This concrete bridge over the river looks like it doesnt have much support

Nice pond in between the houses

Nice pond in between the houses

Crops

Crops

Hats

Hats

A house having its roof remade in the traditional style

A house having its roof remade in the traditional style

The river that flows through the town

The river that flows through the town

Local restaurant

Local restaurant

Nikuman. A bit different than the local conbini

Nikuman. A bit different than the local conbini

would you like to stay in one of these houses? Summer or Winter?