Kiryu Grand Hotel
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... of hours, we had lunch at a local restaurant in town, another outstanding bento box with noodles, soup, fish and a number of indecipherable items.
From lunch we took a short ride to Kegon Falls. We were able to view the falls from several observations spots and got some good group pictures that I will try and add later.
... most of the stuff to see, so after getting a map and some snacks from the convenient store to eat lunch on the go I walked there. I am sure glad I decided to come. The area around Nikko is just amazing! It is nestled between tons of forested mountains. There is a crystal clear river running through it. I crossed the bridge, taking pictures of Shinkyo bridge ( you had to pay to walk over it), into Nikko National Park. My first destination was ...
... I wandered around and being a little vertically challenged myself ( aka short ****) picked a spot behind some elderly Japanese women who looked to be only about five feet tall so figured even when they stood up I'd be able to see! Once again Japan hospitality prevailed as they looked around at the fat western bloke sweating in the sun stood behind them and eventually asked where I was from ( I realised the question this time from yesterday's ...
... of the Buddhist saint of travellers and children) - back to Utsunomiya for a soak in the hotel onsen (for James) and a quick change before dinner out WE LOVED: - Starting to experience the east of Japan - the breathtaking beauty of Nikko (we'd love to spend more time there (next time!) and we're so pleased we changed our route to fit it ...
On our bus to Kegon Falls, our tour guide, Marie, noticed a man putting on his jacket. She immediately interrupted her talk about the beauty of the falls, and asked him if he was cold. She looked genuinely concerned. This concern and care for other people is a trend I've noticed while in Japan. The tiny things -- the way they hand back your credit card with two hands, holding it like it ...
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