Overnight trip to Nikko
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September 21st, 2007 – by: hellokiel
We departed Tokyo on Thursday morning by tour bus, stopping at a rest stop for lunch. We arrived in Nikko around 12pm and went to one of the more popular tourist attrctions: Toshogu Shrine. Toshogu was the site for the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, one of the shogunates who ruled feudal Japan prior to the Meiji Restoration. The shrine is also home to a number of Buddhist temples as it was originally founded by a Buddhist priest named Shodo before being turned into a site for the mausoleum. Our tour group spent the afternoon seeing the various shrines and alters while taking in the peaceful and beautiful surroundings.
We then headed to our accomodations for the evening: the Kozuchinoyado Tusrukamedaikichi ryokan (traditional Japanese style inn). Our rooms were furnished traditional Japanese rooms with tatami mats and a beautiful view of the Daiya river. The ryokan is also famous for its ofuro, Japanese public hot bath, which is nestled on the top floor with a gorgeous view of the town and mountains. After taking a nice hot bath, we dressed in yukata (summer kimono) and had a traditional dinner of sukiyaki and tempura. It was delicious of course! The evening closed with a culture card game and time spent relaxing in our rooms.
The morning started early with a full Japanese breakfast and our departure from the ryokan. We then proceeded on a whirlwind tour of Lake Chuzenji, Ryuzu Falls, and Kegon Falls. Our final stop for the afternoon was at the Coco Winery in Ashikaga, near Tokyo.
After two full days of travel and relaxation, I am surprisingly tired. But at least it's the weekend :)
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