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... here. The guide told us there were quite a few bears living in the forest and they try very hard to ensure their survival. They are not very large bears, but the claws looked just as damaging.
The temperature at Lake Chuzenji was some 10 degrees colder than Nikko, and I think the wind chill factor didn't help.
We then went to see the Kegon Falls, where water drops from the cliff, at a height of about 100m,and is one ...
... 1651. This lovely complex is on a hillside (very high) and surrounded by lovely pine trees.
At the entrance to the temple, was Omizu-ya, which was donated by a feudal lord, it was very decorative and inside it originally had a painting of a dragon on the ceiling. However, it was hard to distinguish what this was now. This little structure had water and a pail inside and one could wash their hands clean before moving into the temple ...
Hopefully not too cold, it is getting absolutely freeeeezing here!!! Autumn was dreamy! The vividly firey coloured leaves here are stunning, but the moment it turned to winter, instantly changed, BAM! Punch In the face of icy fists of Japan winter. Colder each day and I'm running out of warm layers to add. May need to buy a scarf! I knew it would get chilly but I really underestimated how quickly winter would kick in.
It did mean shorter theme park cues ...
... Heritage Site. We had to giggle when we saw the sign because Justin and I have knocked off so many UNESCO World Heritages sites on this trip! The bridge was closed for the day, which actually was a plus because we could take photos of the bridge and greenery behind it in its natural setting. We walked up the huge stone steps into the forest surrounding Nikko and walked until we encountered our fist destination.
Rinnoji Temple is one of ...
... br> D'abord visite d'un site ancien, expo de pas mal de vaisselle très ancienne, souvent datant de 1600.
Un petit bout d'histoire du Japon.
Ensuite direction le parc de fleurs où devait se trouver le festival des roses... Mais je suis tard dans la saison, quasi plus de roses.
Mais le but était aussi de voir les illuminations.
Donc on mange un bout en attendant, les takoyaki sont pas mauvais, ...