If you can name one spot anywhere in the world that looks like this, please let me know because I was simply taken aback by the sheer beauty of Kyoto. This is Katsura River near Arashiyama in Kyoto. Tourists can go up and down the calm river and soak in the serenity. I mean, it's not hard to do. What was amazing, as you see, was the contrast of sizes (thanks, me), the height of the forest going up so steeply was simply breathtaking. Call me biased, but Japan sure has beautiful sights.