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... it's an hour long wait now, imagine nice weather!
One thing you'll notice here in winter: scorching hot heating in stores and trains, feels like you're being cooked alive, then painfully arctic cold outside. The constant temperature changes all the time make you feel loopy and whoozy, I find it makes me feel extra burnt out by the end of the day. Looking forward to visiting in spring or summer next time!!
Highlights for me:
-Disney's Haunted ...
... where I looked offered a new visual experience and exploration.
Stop #3 was Futarasan Shrine which is located right beside next to Toshogu. We stumbled upon this shrine by accident and weren't really sure what to look at here. We ended up entering the paid fair garden instead of checking out the free temple because we were unaware haha The grounds seemed to be much older then its lavish neighbour Toshogu, but still really majestic. The sun ...
... left from their travels, there was; bank notes, postcards, pictures and ever a giant Australian flag some had brought with them. The food was good and hearty so we left feeling ready to tackle all the temples and shrines Nikko could throw at us.
Roughly 100m from the cafe was the Shinkyo bridge which spanned a fast flowing river which would of served as the only way to get to the shrines before ...
Got up early, grabbed some of the free breakfast at my hostel( can't say no to free food)and headed off to Tokyo Central station. Easily managed to exchange my voucher for my japan rail pass , now valid for 21 days of unlimited journeys on all jr trains. Included in this are the Shinkansen/ bullet trains and it was on one of these that I had to make half my trip to nikko. I knew I needed to get the 8.08 train. however as I've found in most foreign train stations ...
Just when we had started to become a little bit familiar with parts of this big city, it was time to don our backpacks again and board a Shinkansen to our next destination, Nikko. We were both pretty excited to see what the hype was about the super-fast bullet trains and it certainly didn't disappoint! It literally felt and sounded like a jet plane taking off and the landscape just flashed by in a blur! We were at Nikko before we even had time to relax into our ...