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Haradani-en Garden/ Kyoto

Haradani-en Garden, located on top of a hill above Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto has a lovely hidden garden. It’s truly superb in cherry blossom season to visit.

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Mt. Inunaki「犬鳴山」/ Osaka

Mt. Inunaki, located in Izumisano of Osaka is well known for its hidden hot spring resort with mountain scenary and spiritual sanctary, Shipporyu-ji Temple.

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The Kyoto Botanical Garden

The oldest botanical garden in Japan, located north of Kyoto city is a good place to enjoy seasonal scenery, especially cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.

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Wakanoura Bay/ Wakayama

Wakanoura bay, in Wakayama is a good choice for escaping to a less-known part of the Kansai area with rich scenic beauty, praised in the oldest Japanese poems.

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Imai-cho Preservation District/ Nara

A well-preserved historical district, a temple town of Shonen-ji with 500 traditional Edo houses laid out in a 2 km grid, is located in Kashiwara city, Nara.