Japan is well known for its prefectures and one of my favorites is Kenrokuen. Each season has a different look. You can also enjoy lots of traditional local foods in the neighborhood around the garden. At Historic villages the interested visitors can even stay overnight in a historic guesthouse in the Toga area, but if you're just visiting for the day, be sure to stop inside the Murakami House to enjoy a cup of hot tea around the home's open hearth, while the village chiefs regale you with the village's history. Fukui Dinosaur Museum is a must to watch museum of its kind. A zen meditation session in the gardens at Hoshinoya Kyoto will always be remembered.