Wax on wax off

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 15, 2007

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Another day and night out of Tokyo today with a trip north to Nikko, an area of shrines and temples marked as a world heritage site, not that I knew what that was before arriving though. After buying my round trip pass which covered entry into the 2 main temples and 1 shrine in Nikko, the ticket lady at the Tokyo train station office quickly led me through a batcave like side door as a shortcut to the platform since the train was about to leave (would never have that level of service with rail track).

As we hurried down the platform she was telling me that only 2 cars in the train actually went all the way to Nikko amongst a bunch of other no doubt important other info I never caught as I wrestled with the wad of paperwork and pamphlets she was throwing at me. So on boarding the train I asked one of the station guards, in Japanese no less, if this was the right carriage which he replied it was, either that or I asked if this carriage didn't go to Nikko but too late now if it wasn't.

It was quite a long journey up to Nikko on the train but passed quick enough by speaking to a Japanese passenger who asked where I was from 'Braintain', we got onto to talking about films somehow so I filled him in on some of the critically acclaimed Japanese films known back home such as The Seven Samurai, Spirted Away and The Karate Kid!

As the train pulled into the station exactly on time as usual, I headed off to the family run lodge I was staying in which was fortunately only a few minutes walk away. On arriving the lovely owner made such a fuss about not calling so she could come pick me up from the station all 500 yards or so away. The lodge was really great with a huge room to myself and a great view of the mountains of Nikko all for only 3500 Yen and for some reason it was decorated with a number of Christmas decorations including pictures of Santa and a large illuminated snowman in the hall, heck it is Japan after all.

Anyway I set off towards to the temples but on arriving around 4pm they were just closing for the day, lucky I was staying overnight so I would head back in the morning and just enjoyed a stroll around Nikko in the sun before watching a little more Japanese TV back at the lodge, gotta love the game shows they have over here even without having a clue what it is going on but I think even I did speak better Japanese they'd still be lost on me.
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