Hotel Wely Sumiyoshi
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... and off we go to the little town of Nikko, a little mountain town with a wonderful mountain stream running through it. We find the bus to the shrines and we settle in for a lovely ride. It's all very green and the pine trees remind me of coastal redwoods-and nestled among them is the Toshogu shrine complex.
The shrines are amazing. I'll let my pictures describe them for me. The place was peaceful even though school kids on a field trip ...
... down to the Tamozawa Imperial Villa and Gardens. This lovely villa was a summer residence and retreat house for the Imperial family during the 20th Century, and was built in the Edo and Meiji architectural styles. I thought it was awesome how none of the wooden joints contained nails, screws, or any type of adhesive. The 106 rooms are integrated with the winding gardens and lovely views, and contained Western (carpets and ...
... lovingly restored to it's original splendour. Unfortunately, the restoration is a constant task and the main gate was covered over with scaffolding and tarp while it was restored. We will have to settle for seeing several cheeky monkeys at home rather than the Three Wise Monkeys that decorate the gate.
According to a little map we'd been given at the entrance, a path lead around the back of the temple to the area where Ieyasu ...
... out food but it's not for eating in a public place. You see no-one eating or drinking on the street or in the parks. So, after buying something you then spend ages looking around for a place to eat it where no one will see you, and a place to sit.
A bit colder in Nikko than in Tokyo. It's inland a bit and sort of up in the mountains. But no rain so was a good place to go
... carving was so ornate and we had a great time exploring. From the time we got off the train we kept going uphill, staircase after staircase. There was one leading up to a tomb in the woods which has become a shrine. Though my legs started to get wobbly it was all so beautiful and worth it. From there we decided to start heading back down hill, since it it would be a two hour train ride back to Tokyo. On the way we found an antique store and I just wanted to bring it ...
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