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... s major waterfalls. There was an elevator to the bottom of the Falls, built through the mountains, which Arthur thought was volcanic. We dropped 100m in one minute, and didn't feel a thing. There was then a tunnel with a few more stairs and then a lovely view. There was still some icicles around the Falls - so when I say cold, you know I mean it.
We met some lovely lads as we were standing around and took a photo with ...
... the public to go up the metal stairs currently being used by the workers to view the construction work that is being done on the restoration of the temple. We were up in what will be the roof when it is finished, and it was interesting to see the wooden construction being replaced/restored. It was about 7-storeys high.
We then walked over to the very lovely Taiyuin-Reibyo, which contains the remains of a 3rd shogun, tokugawa Iemitsu, who ...
... it's an hour long wait now, imagine nice weather!
One thing you'll notice here in winter: scorching hot heating in stores and trains, feels like you're being cooked alive, then painfully arctic cold outside. The constant temperature changes all the time make you feel loopy and whoozy, I find it makes me feel extra burnt out by the end of the day. Looking forward to visiting in spring or summer next time!!
Highlights for me:
-Disney's Haunted ...
... bears the famous carving of the "Nemurineko" (sleeping cat). This gate marks the start of a long flight of stairs that leads uphill through the woods to Tokugawa Ieyasu's grave. It was wondering to see all of the older Japanese people trekking the stairs right up to the top! They are certainly active and healthy here!
- main shrine building: Bear on inside bu the outside is marvelous! Delicately carved, covered in gold, intricate details, ...
... so they hanged lot of LED strings giving a nice effect, replacing the flowers.
After to have visited all park, taken lot of photos, we were frozen, it was time to go back.
As he arranged with his sister to not prepare us food for the weekend, the evening we bought a bento as dinner. I heard it's the best bento of Takasaki etc... Hmmmm to be seen.
Journée à Ashikaga, Tochigi, enfin un jour ...