Hachioji Castle was built on Shiroyama mountain in the 1570s and features defenses that sprawl across the mountain top, that take advantage of the steep paths and natural formations to enhance the castle’s strategic defenses. Rumors and stories of strange occurrences and ghostly sightings give rise to reports that the site of Hachioji Castle is haunted.
Kobe is tourist friendly. That fact is evident, as once you've disembarked the train, you are comforted with English signs everywhere. Where signage fails to direct the path of tourists, guidance can be found at the tourist information office, where staff eagerly assists the lost.
The rich reds, yellows and burnt oranges of Autumn are most spectacularly displayed in a small sub-urban environment that rests up against a beautiful forest and a small mountain range with rivers and streams that wind down the slopes in Minoo, Osaka.
If you're on mainland Japan in July and August you can expect to see temperatures reach extremely humid highs of near 40 degrees Celsius (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit)! This fact alone can make a vacation very tough work for even the most seasoned of travelers. Cooler, quieter and full of surprises, a camping trip in the mountains is something worth considering.
Nachi Falls is a sight of natural and architectural beauty. Located on the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture, it is the tallest waterfall in Japan, and it is located on the Kumano Kodo, which is an ancient pilgrim road that runs between several significant religious sites in the area.
Located just north of Osaka city is picturesque Minoh. It is a beautiful little area with friendly people, the famous Minoh Monkeys, and Momiji—which is deep fried dried Japanese maple leaves. That is not all that this little piece of paradise has to offer however, for nestled within the foliage-filled hills that skirt the town you will find Minoh Falls.
Unlike the nearby cities of Kyoto and Himeji, Kobe doesn’t at first glance anyway, seem like a typical Japanese city. The city has enjoyed a rich and colourful history as an international port going back several hundred years.