While visitors were stampeding toward the more popular shrines and temples, I had these beauties all to myself!

Thousands of waving cats welcome you to this off-the-beaten-path temple.

One city with two messages: The horrors of nuclear weapons, and a call for global peace.

I love spending time in Tokyo, but there are plenty of other sightseeing goodies just a bullet train ride away.

Thousands of torii gates make this Shinto shrine Kyoto’s biggest, and most beautiful, attraction. I enjoyed my second visit even more than the first!

I go mad for Macaques at the Iwatayama Monkey Park near Kyoto.

While visiting Japan, I’ve taken a lot of baths. This would be my first time taking one with other people.

There are more than 100 Buddhist temples on Japan’s sacred Mount Koya, and more than 50 of them offer accommodation.

I never get tired of torii — especially the famous “floating” gate next to Japan’s Miyajima Island.

There’s just one place that could make me feel less wistful about leaving Australia, and that’s Tokyo, Japan. And the Tokyo, Japan hotel room.