Trip Start Sep 15, 2007
24Trip End Nov 14, 2007
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Although Nikko itself is only 530 meters above sea level, it's surrounded by volcanic peaks, including Nantai-san, a sacred peak that looms over the town, that is 2483 m (8150 ft) high. There's a beautiful river that runs right through the center of the city.
We stayed in "Gasutohofu [that's Gasthof in case you didn't get it ..
Our timing was perfect, as we were able to catch the Tosho-gu Autumn Festival, including horseback archery and a re-enactment of the delivery of Tokugawa Ieyasu's remains to Nikko ... a parade of hundreds of people in period costumes. It was truly an awesome spectacle.
Rather than provide a long discourse, I will load you up with a bunch of pictures with comments (click on a photo to see it full-size with associated commentary). It was rainy most of the time, but other than making picture-taking difficult, it didn't dampen our spirits. It cleared up and the sun came out just in time for the parade on the final day.