Living in Japan for nearly 40 years, this is one of my favourite places. It is romantic in any season of the year, but best in fall and spring. Today, March 29, the cherry blossoms were in their best. I recommend walking along the Uji river first, then visiting Ujigami Shrine and Byodo-in which are listed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The Byodo-in, with its Phoenix Hall, is featured on the reverse side of the 10 yen coin. After sightseeing I recommend buying some wonderful sweets made of powdered green tea and having green noodles called "zaru chasoba" and green tea icecream. You will never forget that wonderful taste.