Hotel Natural Garden Nikko
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Today we left Tokyo from the Shinjuku station (it is the busiest train station in the world!) and headed up to Nikko which was about 2 1/2 hours by train. We got here at 10.20 and then dropped off our bags and went to the Toshogu Shrine. It is a world heritage site and is made up of a number of buildings including a 5 story pagoda (Gojunoto) and a …
... world and they are everywhere. Although one of us is longing to get home to a non-heated non-padded seat!
7/11 stores and their equivalents have been godsends for sustenance. They cover the gamut of food, drinks, toiletries, medications, everything you need.
... avoid any group tours.
The cultural site was packed as autumn is one of the peak times to visit. Weather was coolish, misty mountain air and very cloudy, but no rain. The number of people there was unbelievable by Aussie standards and the tour was quite rushed. You learn a lot more with a guide but you also get little quality time to take in all the sights.
The visit was followed by a traditional lunch. We ...
... gates we passed the drum tower and Honchi-do before going up another set of stairs and into the main gate building. Unfortunately, the Yomeimon gate, said to be the most beautiful in Japan, is completely under renovation covered inside and out with plain walls. The main shrine building too is under renovation. However, it was mostly covered with scaffolding, so I could at least see some of its beautiful carvings and golden splendor. Our guide left us at the gates to the tomb ...
Today I took a train up to the mountains north of Tokyo to a touristy town called Nikko. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage site. I left a bit too late in the day to see everything I wanted to, but visited a shrine from the 1600's of shogun Tokugawa ...