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Well, we thought we were cold in Nikko and yesterday we went to the mountains to Lake Chuzenji, a lake made by the eruption of Mt Nantal. The lake is about 24km around, and 172m at its deepest.
We arrived at Lake Chuzenji by bus and the road to our destination was just amazing in itself. The road winds around the mountains and there were points where looking out the window, at the drop below, was not for the fainthearted.
... in 1616. At that ime he requested a shrine be built in his honour and when completed, his grandson didn't think it grand enough and ordered a more elaborate mausoleum. There is a whole complex devoted to various temples and shrines and each one seems to outdo the other.
Besides the temples, there is absolutely beautiful scenery around these parts, and we look forward to exploring over the next couple of days.
We left our luggage with ...
... to get to know people in Japan due to language barriers, our Japanese is very limited. Not much English is spoken here. I really want to learn more, I'm trying to keep adding words and phrases to my memory and pay close attention to common things said around me. Learning more all the time. I try to say the things I do know often to perfect them. I would love to be able to speak it fluently one day, you never know!
Tomorrow is Cat Cafe and Bonsai garden, should be fun ...
... Heritage Site. We had to giggle when we saw the sign because Justin and I have knocked off so many UNESCO World Heritages sites on this trip! The bridge was closed for the day, which actually was a plus because we could take photos of the bridge and greenery behind it in its natural setting. We walked up the huge stone steps into the forest surrounding Nikko and walked until we encountered our fist destination.
Rinnoji Temple is one of ...
... 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 ...