Nikko Minshuku Narusawa Lodge
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... a golden statue of a politician, Sugawara Michizane, who was a high ranking politician some 1,100 years ago. He was highly respected and admired for his pureness of heart and his integrity. I did idly wonder whether we will see a similar statue in the image of our Tony A, complete with life saving cap and budgie smugglers, or perhaps in lycra - food for thought?
Tomorrow we go back to Tokyo and then onto Takayama.
... having a mixture of chicken skewers, meatballs on skewers, with rice and noodles. There was also a very deliciious sauce. Washed down with Japanese tea - declicious!
A big surprise was that it started to snow as we made out way to the bus stop - absolutely freezing.
Our hotel is not in the town but up on the side of one of the mountains. I noticed they have an electric blanket - I wouldn't be surprised if that is used tonight!
... of the rides looked like they were built in the 80's and haven't been updated since.. okay I'll also say that a lot about the park was pretty impressive, Apparently this park was built as an exact replica of the original Californian park and is the second most visited theme park in the world. And you could tell.. the wait times for the rides were pretty bad considering it was freezing and raining all day long. that was until the end of the day when we managed to squeeze in like ...
... the buildings in a way not seen elsewhere in Japan, Within the temple grounds, there were numerous buildings to explore and marvel at:
- The five story pagoda which stood tall and bright red leaving it impossible to be missed.
- Yomeimon Gate: it was currently being renovated and covered up by scaffolding. We didn't get to see any of it, but saw photos. It looks grandiose and certainly makes a statement
- Storehouses: several ...
... ride was good as it took us through the mountains into the the countryside and gave us some great views. Arriving at Nikko it was coming up to lunch time so we we in search of a good eat some where around the station, after a bit of discussion we decided on a cheap cafe up near the temples. Inside the walls were made of simple plasterboard but you could not tell as every inch of the place was covered in stuff ...