Day 5 Nikko ( Kagon Falls, Chuzenji Onsen )
Trip Start Apr 04, 2010
20Trip End May 11, 2010
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The Bus ride was different as it went up and up and up and around windy corners as chuzenji is in a valley on the other side of a mountain from Nikko
N.B: Wood crafting is a very popular in Nikko which is made obvious by the dozens of wood artisans around town and the abundant supply of hand crafted goods in all the shops and restaurants.
We walked around town looking at the local shops and artisans through the windows as they were still just getting ready to open until we found an excellent mum and pop wood shop that was open. We walked around through all the hand made wares whilst the owners explained what some things were and after choosing out several souvenirs it was a nice surprise when he offered to hand engrave names onto some of them.
Leaving behind one of my favorite shops so far in Japan we kept heading up the hill towards Kogan Falls, which a short time later led us out onto a two story platform 100m up above a crashing, thundering waterfall. The waterfall is surrounded by dozens of souvenir and food shops but the best souvenir we could find was hidden behind some drink vending machines on the side of a building, 430 yen ($5) goes in and 1 customised stamped metal Kogan Falls coin comes out
Leaving the falls we walked back through town to the frigid cold lake and the neighbouring shrine then headed back to town to catch the bus back over the mountain towards Nikko. However just before we got on the bus Giulietta and I noticed Morgan staring down between a railing and not moving, curious we walked over to see what got his attention to find sitting on the other side of the fence less than a metre away was a little monkeys, so as you can guess... PHOTOS!!, unfortunately the one photo I really wanted to get I just missed as Morgan got chased away by the monkey.
We got on our bus but got off a few stops early and headed for the popular temples and shrines which cover the mountainside. One building I was very happy to see was the gilded 5 story pagoda (basically a large multi level tower). We stayed out walking around till around 5:30pm when we decided to walk back to town where we saw some of our friends from back in Tokyo who were unfortunately heading back to the train station to go back to Tokyo after a day trip in Nikko. We headed to our favourite restaurant to eat dinner then headed off home to transfer over 700 photos onto the computer and to charge our cameras before having a hot bath and falling asleep.