Kinugawa Kanko Hotel
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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 ...
... in 1616. At that ime he requested a shrine be built in his honour and when completed, his grandson didn't think it grand enough and ordered a more elaborate mausoleum. There is a whole complex devoted to various temples and shrines and each one seems to outdo the other.
Besides the temples, there is absolutely beautiful scenery around these parts, and we look forward to exploring over the next couple of days.
We left our luggage with ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...
... ride was good as it took us through the mountains into the the countryside and gave us some great views. Arriving at Nikko it was coming up to lunch time so we we in search of a good eat some where around the station, after a bit of discussion we decided on a cheap cafe up near the temples. Inside the walls were made of simple plasterboard but you could not tell as every inch of the place was covered in stuff ...