Kinugawa Grand Hotel Yume No Toki
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... has vegan menu options. Awesome relaxed & arty vibe.
In the evening we had our manga cartoons drawn by an artist named Yoo, which was offered by the ryokan we're staying in. Seemed like a fun souvenir! Ben was depicted as a builder and I was drawn with our dogs, super cute. She was lovely and we had a longest conversation we've had with anyone here. She spoke some English but we struggled sometimes to understand each other. Frustrating for both parties! It can ...
... where I looked offered a new visual experience and exploration.
Stop #3 was Futarasan Shrine which is located right beside next to Toshogu. We stumbled upon this shrine by accident and weren't really sure what to look at here. We ended up entering the paid fair garden instead of checking out the free temple because we were unaware haha The grounds seemed to be much older then its lavish neighbour Toshogu, but still really majestic. The sun ...
... 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.
... Both contain the bodies of the shoguns and both have a very similar opulent and highly decorated styling where everything that can possibly be covered is. Both shrines also have their mausoleums high up in the mountains above their shrines probably to create a feeling of pilgrimage. It was certainly an effort getting up there! I decided to make the even longer walk up to the very top of the site to a smaller, lesser known shrine. When I got there I was approached ...
At one time this lake was a popular destination spot for holiday makers, and many villas dotted the shoreline. Some evidence of it's hay day is easy to find, if you steer away from the Shrines which are still popular with coach parties, there are some remarkable scenes around the shoreline. Today was about photographing some rural scenes, but I never like to take snaps of famous places. ...