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... But I digress. So we hop on the shinkansen, or bullet train. These things are great. We weren't on the very fastest of these, but it was fast enough and we zipped out of Tokyo and into the countryside with rice paddies dotting the landscape. (It's absolutely crazy that America does not have this kind of rail service. Every country we have been been to has great rail service, except for my home country-We have the American car industry and its ...
... down to the Tamozawa Imperial Villa and Gardens. This lovely villa was a summer residence and retreat house for the Imperial family during the 20th Century, and was built in the Edo and Meiji architectural styles. I thought it was awesome how none of the wooden joints contained nails, screws, or any type of adhesive. The 106 rooms are integrated with the winding gardens and lovely views, and contained Western (carpets and ...
... 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. ...
... no-one around. There was no one in the street and there were hardly any places open. Nikko resembled a ghost town. I am not complaining though - never did like to queue to see a temple.
The temples ( shrines ) are good but not spectacular. I think they are more famous because they are the resting places for notable people - namely Tokugawa Ieyasu, the warlord who ...
... then into the park with all the temples and shrines. We decided on two: Toshogu shrine and Rinnoji temple. First we went to Rinnoji, which is under construction. This was a little disappointing at first, but revealed itself as a great way to see how they restore these buildings. It was really quite remarkable, but they wouldn't let me take any photos. We climbed up to the 7th floor of the construction building to see everything from above, and got beautiful views of ...
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