Kakunodate is a small town in Akita prefecture established in the sixteen hundreds as a castle town. Although there is no longer a castle on the top of the hill, the town is still visited for its samurai district.
One last day in Kyoto, and it was time for some lesser known beautiful places in Kyoto. The Ginkaku ji and the Nanzen ji are two beautiful examples of pavilions converted into Zen temples. Also, hidding behind the Nanzen ji we found an impressive Meiji period aqueduct. Something I never expected to find in Kyoto.
In my second time visiting Kyoto from Sendai we were booked a visit of the Imperial and Sento Palaces by a friend. Beautiful constructions with charming decoration details.
On our last day in Hiroshima, we decided to visit the Shukkeien Garden a lovely small garden planned and built as a traditional Japanese garden in 1620.
Miyajima or Itsukushima island is a very charming place that makes one of the three views of Japan. In this tourist hot spot, you can experience some adventurous as well as contemplating moments.
Hiroshima was an amazing opportunity in my travels in Japan. So much history, such deep feeling and such a mix of different history moments.
Sugamo is visited for its famous JIzo Dori shopping street. Filled with countless small sweets shops selling daifuku and other traditional sweets, this is also the place to look for Obaasan and Ojiisan clothes ( meaning granmas and grandpas).