Travel Blogs from Nasushiobara
... grounds you can even see the air raid bunkers. My next stop was a store that sells painted dragon drawings. They have them in all different colours and about 4 different poses. They are definitely impressive. On my way back to the guesthouse, I stopped at the Shinkyo Sacred bridge. This was part of the Futarasan shrine. The bridge is 28 metres long and crosses the Daiya river. Being red, it really stands out with the surroundings and has now been ...
... Nikko, and it turned out to be a real gem. Run by a young American guy called Scout, who was a real character, this place was fairly off the beaten path, about a 20 minute drive away from the nearest train station. It used to be an old Japanese inn / bath-house / tea rooms, before Scout took it over and renovated it, so it's pretty big, and full of charm (and insects).
He's done an amazing job on the place; it has an outside ...
... most of the crowd there. Waterfalls trickled down the hillsides and green moss covered giant stone lanterns lining the paths to the shrines. Over a dozen buildings make up the complex, and unlike most shrines (Shrines hold the deified spirits of the dead-not the bodies) in Japan, these are elaborately carved and painted or covered in gold leaf. It's absolutely breathtaking when combined with the natural beauty of the place. There was so much to ...
... for some lunch before our train back to Tokyo.
The ride was uneventful and I think we all slept a bit on the way back. That evening, Barry and I tried a popular place for tempura that was conveniently near our hotel. We got there at 9pm and the host warned us that they close at 10pm. We split a tasty 8 piece special meal with seafood and a 7 piece vegetable meal, and were out in about 30 minutes! Yummy and fast!
... someone of my stature and I was very grateful when we arrived at Utsunomiya. We stopped off a little cafe in the station for a caffeine hit and then got the train for Nikko.
As a World Heritage Site, Nikko is a popular destination for national and international tourists so the train line there was more decorative than the others we'd been on. It was packed and there were several non Japanese visitors on board.
- Room service
- Free parking
- Kids activities or Babysitting