Nasu Midcity Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
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Today was spent exploring Nikko. This is a city of approximately 90 000 people but I honestly do not know where they were all hiding as it seemed like a quiet, sleepy village. It very much reminded me of Kimberley, BC as it seemed very similar in nature. We started with a short walk by our guest house toward Kanman-ga-fuchi abyss. There were rows of Buddhas along the river. The river also had a bunch of rapids along it with the water looking ...
... pretty shocking, (lashing rain, thunder and lightning) but it made for some spectacular scenery. We visited Shuzenji Temple, built circa 786AD, and home to a 1200 year old statue of Buddha, carved by a monk out of a single Judas Tree around this time. Then we went to the Ryuzu Falls, a wild and deafening waterfall, before getting the bus back down the mountain, which is a pretty hair-raising experience, as the road is incredibly steep and ...
... 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 ...
... Shinto shrines in the country. Unfortunately, it and the Rinnouji Temple have been under restoration and were covered up. There were over a dozen religious and military buildings around the shrine though that were open for viewing. Barry and I shared an audio guide that explained the significance of each of those intricately decorated buildings. Dragons, herons, peacocks, dogs, foxes, squirrels, turtles, a variety of flowers, ...
... to the public, but I hope our photos do it justice. We then crossed a road and started up some steps into a wooded area.
The path up to temple is like entering a different world. We've been so used to the urban landscape of Japan, the mix of modern and ancient, so it was a pleasant surprise to enter this tranquil, serene area of towering trees (I'm no botanist, so I've got no idea what type of trees they were), and small paths. ...