Engyo-ji temple on Mount Shosha (hidden gem)

Engyo-ji was one of my favorite spots when we visited Himeji, so I want to share this little tip with you. Located just outside Himeji city, Engyo-ji temple makes a perfect half-day side trip and can easily follow your mandatory visit to Himeji castle. We didn’t really know what to expect when we got on …

Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu

Ritsurin Garden in the city of Takamatsu is considered one of the most beautiful parks in Japan, and when you’ve been there yourself, you won’t question why! The park itself, which covers an incredible 750,000 m2 (8,000,000 sqft), is designated as a “Special Place of Scenic Beauty”, which is a designation given by the Japanese …