Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Japan – A Kaleidoscope of Colors and Shapes

The centerpiece and most visited attraction of the Nikko UNESCO World Heritage site is the Toshogu shrine. This final resting place for Tokugawa Ieyasu is like a peacock among the pigeons, an extravagant and elaborately colorful showpiece dedicated to the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for almost 300 years.

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Hiking Mt. MItake – Where Nature and Religion Meet

Mt. Mitake in  Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park is a green and peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby Tokyo. Only 90 minutes away, it is easily accessible and provides a non touristy cultural experience as you hike with the locals past shrines, waterfalls and a natural moss covered rock garden.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion – Kinkaku-Ji Temple

The setting sun glows off the gold leaf on Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, aptly named the Golden Pavilion. Continue reading “PhotoPOSTcard: Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion – Kinkaku-Ji Temple”

Photo POSTcard: Toyokuni Shrine – The Hall of One Thousand Tatami Mats

The Island of Miyajima is best known for the large floating tori gate in its harbor and for the Itsikushima shrine which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the buildings that make up the Itsikushima compels is the Toyokuni Shrine which has the nick name “Hall of One Thousand Tatami Mats” because of its large size.

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PhotoPOSTcard: A Foliage Festival Food Stall In Japan

Food stalls, craft vendors selling their wares in tents and American country music blaring over a loudspeaker – It’s a fall foliage festival.  But this one is in Kawaguchico Japan, within sight of Mount Fuji. Continue reading “PhotoPOSTcard: A Foliage Festival Food Stall In Japan”

Photo POSTcard: Shichi-Go-San – Japan’s Cutest Festival

The Japanese love their varied festivals and holidays.  For a visitor, the festival with the highest adorable factor has to be Shichi-Go-San, or the 3-5-7 festival which refers to the ages of the children that participate.

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“It’s the Great Pumpkin Carve, Charlie Brown”

The Great Pumpkin Carve is THE anticipated event of the fall season in the Brandywine Valley of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Set aside any preconceived notion you may have of jack-o-lanterns with triangle eyes and a saw tooth smile.  The 400 pound vegetable specimens serve as a canvas for artists, sculptors, and anyone up for the challenge of creating an artistic pumpkin masterpiece.

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Ricketts Glen – Pennsylvania’s Prettiest State Park

If you like waterfalls, then Pennsylvania’s Ricketts Glen State Park should be at the top of your hiking list. With 21 named waterfalls along Kitchen Creek, you won’t find a more gratifying hike in the state, especially in the fall when the leaves start changing color.

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A Colorado Road Trip (Part 3) – In Search of Aspen Gold in the San Juan Mountains

 

In Part 3 of the series about our nine day Colorado autumn road trip, we visit the San Juan Mountain region with a home base near Ridgway, CO.

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A Colorado Road Trip (Part 2) – In Search of Aspen Gold in Aspen, CO

Our fall trip “leaf peeping” trip this year took us to Colorado.  We did a nine day trip focusing on three different parts of the state. In Part 1 of this series I described our trip on the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. (You can read the post here ). In Part 2 we visit the areas around Aspen, CO, aptly named as we found out. Continue reading “A Colorado Road Trip (Part 2) – In Search of Aspen Gold in Aspen, CO”