Whilst visiting Japan last month, we discovered a beautiful area called Sagano, a walking path surrounded by tall bamboos on both sides of the grove. It was serene, not very crowded with tourists and a truly wonderful experience. The river afterwards was also very beautiful. We went for a Buddhist vegetarian meal after this and that itself was similar to the ryotai eating experiences. The ladies serving us were warm and hospitable and our dining room overlooked a lovely garden. The entire day was peaceful and enriched our souls.