Hotel Wely Sumiyoshi
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... with the first being in Tokyo, but it has now been turned into a museum. The present emperor and his family also lived there in 1943 during the war. The villa is built around the former Edo residence of the Kishu Tokugawa clan, which was brought from Edo to Nikko. Edo is now known as Tokyo. There are a total of 106 rooms with those on the south side for the Emperor and Empress and those on the north for the liege and court ladies. As you walk ...
Well we landed on our feet and no mistake! Nikko is a pretty amazing part of Japan, and considering that we turned up there at the last minute, having booked a hostel about an hour before we showed up, not knowing what to expect - we were really, really lucky with how it turned out
In our panic to get away from the Super-Typhoon (which turned out not to be that super at all), we booked one of the few nice-looking hostels we could ...
... most of the crowd there. Waterfalls trickled down the hillsides and green moss covered giant stone lanterns lining the paths to the shrines. Over a dozen buildings make up the complex, and unlike most shrines (Shrines hold the deified spirits of the dead-not the bodies) in Japan, these are elaborately carved and painted or covered in gold leaf. It's absolutely breathtaking when combined with the natural beauty of the place. There was so much to ...
... for some lunch before our train back to Tokyo.
The ride was uneventful and I think we all slept a bit on the way back. That evening, Barry and I tried a popular place for tempura that was conveniently near our hotel. We got there at 9pm and the host warned us that they close at 10pm. We split a tasty 8 piece special meal with seafood and a 7 piece vegetable meal, and were out in about 30 minutes! Yummy and fast!
We were a bit later out then usual, but otherwise followed our routine of stopping at Andersen's for breakfast (how quickly the unusual becomes normal), Starbucks for a coffee and then walking to the park to eat.
We stopped at the JR desk for directions to Nikko and boarded one of the local trains to Utsunomiya. Little to comment on the two hour journey other than a minor frustration on the height of the seats. They are NOT built ...
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