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... 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, ...
... And after, while passing in front of a food stand, the smell was attrcting us. So, he tool a churrasco pan, bread filled with vegetables and grilled meat. It was delicious, we regretted to have eaten the other stuffs before.
The illuminations are starting, it was darker a bit later.
It was like Xmas season!!!
The park is famous for its wysteria trees, hundreds years old. It's not their flower ...
... of the road over the river. Onwards from that was the Toshogu Shrine, one of the most decorated in all of Japan. It was really special to visit it as it was very beautiful. we must of walked around for a couple of hours before leaving and by then there wasn't much time left in nikko so we filled it with a little wander around the old towns back streets and a eating some matcha (green tea) ice cream.
... locations on the departure board never quite fit with the ones researched online. So I gambled and queued patiently with the locals while the train was cleaned and got on the one leaving at 8.08 hoping it was the only one leaving then. Thankfully it was! Initially the train was slow however once it had cleared Tokyo it really picked up speed. When it's value hit home was on the second local line train to nikko, where I suddenly felt every single bump in the track ...