Tofuku-ji Temple is located on the eastern side of Kyoto and is one of Kyoto’s best spots for autumn foliage. Especially famous is the Tsuten bridge, which connects the main temple to the Kaisando temple that stands at the foot of Mt. Higashi. From the viewing point at the middle of this bridge, you look out at the stunning maples from both sides.
The night view from Mt. Hakodate is world-beating. The ropeway is the standard way to visit the mountain and you will reach the summit station in just three minutes. The observatory on the mountain also features a souvenir shop and restaurants. Highlights of the night view from Mt. Hakodate change with the seasons. In the autumn, the days are often fine and the air clear, during winter time, the glow of the city lights is reflected off the white snow enhancing the dazzling night view.
“Manju” is made from flour dough and filled with cooked ground pork or other ingredients. It is a kind of chinese style steamed bun. The above picture shows “Squid ink manju” which is very rare to find in the usual store. If you’re in Hakodate do remember to taste some of it.
The “Donburi Yokocho Ichiba” is a restaurant arcade located inside the Hakodate Morning Market, featuring some 20 eateries. If you’re looking to sample fresh crab, salmon caviar, sea urchin and other seafood delights, then this is the place to visit. Hakodate is famous for its seafood dish commonly known as “seafood rice bowl”, a bowl of steaming rice topped with raw seafood.
At 1,977 meters, Mt. Tanigawadake located in Gunma is the highest mountain in the Tanigawa mountain range. A 10-minute ride on the ropeway will take you up to Tenjindaira at an elevation of 1,321 meters for a splendid panoramic view.