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Imperial Palace(Tokyo) Beginner level walk-2h  
 

The Imperial Palace grounds are a tranquil space in the very heart of the metropolis. Perfect for an autumn stroll amid gold and crimson leaves.
Starting from Tokyo Station, the road to the palace is lined with old gingko trees. The bridge Nijubashi makes a great backdrop for snapshots.

Enter the East Gardens through the gate Otemon. Here you will find a traditional garden, a small but impressive museum, and the remains of Edo Castle.
The far exit leads to the National Museum of Modern Art.
From the museum, walk through Kitanomaru Park to Chidorigafuchi, a moat lined with bright yellow gingko leaves.

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Philosopher's Walk(Kyoto) Beginner level walk-Half day

Kyoto philosophers did indeed stroll along this 2-km path by a small stream. The route starts at a temple, Ginkakuji, and ends at a shrine, Wakaoji Jinja. November is the month when Kyoto's leaves change color.

Start at Ginkakuji, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, with its striking raked-sand garden and turtle ponds.
A recommended side trip is to Hozenji, a quiet old temple with some splendid red maples.
The walk ends at Wakaoji Jinja. In fall, the shrine's trees match the glowing scarlet of its wooden buildings.
At dusk, it's worth making the short walk from Wakaoji Jinja to Eikando, a temple whose maples are floodlit on autumn evenings.

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Paths of the Pilgrims(Shikoku)

Shikoku, the smallest of Japan's four main islands, is world-renowned for its unique 88-temple pilgrimage. In the cooler weather of autumn, Shikoku is a paradise for the hiker, its scenic hills and forests lined with the network of old pilgrim paths. Shikoku also abounds in great beaches, waterfalls, whirlpools and hot springs - as much unspoiled nature as you could ever wish for as you walk, camp, raft or take an island-hopping cruise. You'll also find great food, a unique culture with local styles of dance, puppet theater and drumming, and an enormous variety of traditional handicrafts.

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