Travel Blogs from Nikko
... nature. In many places, especially sacred
spaces, the trees are given supports instead of cutting them down. Some
temples are even designed to not impact the nature which already existed
there. Sometimes, instead of leveling the ground, the japanese simply curve
the temple upwards along the hill. In modern times, even here in Tokyo,
many people maintian their connection with nature by keeping small gardens
and potted ...
So up and at 'em again this morning, we decide to head to the little town of Nikko to see Toshogu Shrine, the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868. For you older folks, he's the Shogun in James Clavell's novel and mini-series called Shogun. That series made me fall in love with Richard Chamberlain-sigh-one of the many gay guys I have had a crush on in my ...
This morning Cole and I got up at 5:00 am and walked about a mile to
Tenmongu Shrine this morning. As we walked along the road, the buildings
became older and older as we approached the base of the mountain. The
architecture is very rustic and intricate. The 30 foot walls of the shrine
were covered in relief, and even a 6 inch bird had every single feather
depicted. Detail is very important here. This is also true to everyday
life. When the maids ...
... hotel was in the middle of Kabukicho, which is one of Tokyo's biggest entertainment/red light district i went for a walk to check the neighbourhood out. But the fun was short lived because every 20 meters there is a *****ian guy trying to pull you into a very expensive bar with high cover charges. Very annoying so i gave up after a couple of minutes. So i decided to just sit outside for a bit and Skype with my good friend Rob again. After an hour or we hung up and i went to ...
Inbetween the busy days in Tokyo i had planned 2 days of hiking in a national park. In my preparation i checked a couple but they were either too far away or the hike would just take too long. Until i found a Oze national park, just 3,5 hours from Tokyo and relatively easy to do in two days. The first day you'll walk mainly through marshlands and the second day takes you around the lake in the park.
I took the subway to Ueno station ...