Hotel Natural Garden Nikko
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... this ancient art is some 1300 years old, and was created to give thanks for the gift of water.
There were a few outdoor performances, with much sword waving and drum beating. All very enjoyable, particularly the special events the ninjas put on for the kids, where they trained in the various arts of star throwing, agility and sword play. The delight on the faces of the kids was a joy to behold.
On the way out, ...
... pigeons and doves carved into the decorative fence that surrounds the temple, With the dark pine trees as a backing, this who place was amazing. There was a very strong Chinese influence to the many buildings.
We left the temple complex and headed for town, where we had to link up with our pick up to the hotel, stopping on the way to town to have a late lunch. We had similar meals, one with chicken on skewers, with rice and noodles and ...
... 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 ...
... available so you create your own drink. We had to laugh when we put the green tea powder in the soya sauce thinking it was powder wasabi because we didn't know better hahaha Silly tourists. ooooweee and is there wasabi ever spicy here!
Later that evening, Eric arrived from Akita to spend a couple of days with us in Tokyo before having to head back north. It was great to catch up and hear all about his experiences in Japan teaching English thus ...
After the first night in the hostel it was time to go on another side trip this time to Nikko up in the north of Japan about a hour and a half train ride away. I was only because of a conversation with a girl Ajna last night that I decided to go today as the weather was supposed to be better.
Funnily enough on the way to the station I bumped into her and Mareva her friend and we decided to go together. ...