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... settlement. The main building is a large, single roofed, 3-storey structure. There is a large hall with a sunken hearth, a living room, a room with the family's Buddhist altar, a guest room and sleeping rooms. Above the sleeping rooms is a mezzanine, with a few handicrafts revealing the lives of the people of the time. There were also some silk works, looms, and the like.
The shiny black ceiling was interesting and gave some clue as ...
... 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 ...
We left Tokyo this morning with the sun shining brightly, as it has failed to do for the last few days, and took the limited express train to Nikko, which only stopped at a few stations during the 2 hour trip. I don't know what speed the train was doing but it seemed pretty fast, even though it was a really smooth ride.
It took about an hour of travel before we really noticed much difference in the terrain, it just seemed to be endless city. ...
... think another visit is on the cards for next time.
In the pictures you'll see Ben hangin with Tofu girl and piglet in the charming 'Cafe Byron Bay'. Inspired by the well known Australian alternative/surfer/holiday hotspot. The owner is a lovely Japanese girl who lived there for a year and decided to make a cafe in Asakusa Tokyo with the Aussie Coastal hippy theme, and also offers 'Melbourne style coffee' as she lived there for 3 months as well. Serves ...
... the buildings in a way not seen elsewhere in Japan, Within the temple grounds, there were numerous buildings to explore and marvel at:
- The five story pagoda which stood tall and bright red leaving it impossible to be missed.
- Yomeimon Gate: it was currently being renovated and covered up by scaffolding. We didn't get to see any of it, but saw photos. It looks grandiose and certainly makes a statement
- Storehouses: several ...