Travel Blogs from Nikko
... You can also find shrines inside of shopping malls. There are
vending machines and convenience stores on every street, as well as small
and large shrines.
Objects are also designed with the purpose of providing all amenities
in a small place. Toilets are built into sinks in hotel bathrooms. The
controls of the air conditioning and lights of the room are also built into
#2- Everything is in ...
... that machine. Oops, I had not seen her clothes in there and they were washed with our things. Luckily she had a sense of humor about it as we sorted through each other's underthings. I later went back to check on the clothes in the dryer, and I saw she had left me a note along with a neatly folded pair of underwear. The underwear was not mine. Somehow a third person had gotten entangled in the great laundry fiasco. And that's how it goes on the road.
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 ...
... and it was a short walk to the capsule hotel. I couldn't find it at first because it was on the 2nd floor of a building. Once found the checkin was fast and easy and i made my way to my capsule to unpack my stuff and get a well deserved shower. Since the shower was in the public bathroom and it's considered very rude to splash water you have to sit down to take a shower there. Awkward but still very nice to have a decent shower after 2 days of hiking.
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 ...