The five-storied Chureito Pagoda in Yamanashi Prefectureis a key part of Japan’s most recognizable landscape—the area around Mount Fuji. You’ve definitely seen it placed in the foreground of Japan guidebooks and Instagram photos, even if you haven’t been there.The only catch is that to get to the pagoda and soak up these incredible views, you have to walk up 398 stone steps.Also known as the Fujiyoshida Cenotaph Monument, the pagoda was built in 1963 as a memorial for the city’s 960 citizens who died in war. It honors those lost from the First Sino-Japanese War in 1868 all the way to WWII. Tod...
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Despite being one of the city’s top attractions, the mystical bamboo path in Arashiyamais a great change of pace from your typical sightseeing day in Kyoto.While the 500-meter path generously accommodates both pedestrians and bicyclists, a leisurely stroll could easily become a one-hour trek—a very, very photogenic one. Start from Tenryu-ji Temple and make your way to the far end of the forest at Nonomiya Shrine; walking beneath the towering emerald stalks, you’ll find yourself in a trance.The beauty of this emerald bamboo grove captures not only the attention of camera-clutching travelers but...