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Overnight trip to Nikko

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As part of our program, CIEE arranged for an overnight field trip to the mountain town of Nikko, about 2 hours north of Tokyo. It was the perfect way to get away from the city for a couple of days.

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.
ema (fortunes written on wooden blocks)
This winery is not like any ordinary in that the workeres are primarily made up of mentally challenged adults. Affiliated with Cocoromi Gakuen, a school for the disabled, the winery is a small, hands-on winery and vineyard located on the side of a hill. In addition to grapes and wine, they also grow shiitake mushrooms. The winery and school are home to over 100 students who live and work there, and proudly produce some very tasty wine. Of course, we were able to take a tour of the facilities which was followed by a tasting afterward. We hopped back on the bus and made our 3 hour commute back into the city.

After two full days of travel and relaxation, I am surprisingly tired. But at least it's the weekend :)
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ema (fortunes written on wooden bl…
ema (fortunes written on wooden b…
this is the sight for the famous, …
this is the sight for the famous,…
toshogu-gu 5-story pagoda.
toshogu-gu 5-story pagoda.
torii, gate or entrance to the gro…
torii, gate or entrance to the gr…
beautiful cedars!
beautiful cedars!
something about shintoism that is …
something about shintoism that is…
and then theres this guy. he was …
and then there's this guy. he was…
omikuji are fortunes that you draw…
omikuji are fortunes that you dra…
so if you tie the bad fortune to t…
so if you tie the bad fortune to …
keri tied her omikuji fortune to t…
keri tied her omikuji fortune to …
does this look familiar?
does this look familiar?
the dragon flies here are so cool
the dragon flies here are so cool
our ryokan room
our ryokan room
the daiya river from our hotel room
the daiya river from our hotel room
kiel in yukata
kiel in yukata
kiel, jonathan, and steven - our c…
kiel, jonathan, and steven - our …
the dinner
the dinner
after dinner card games
after dinner card games
the bright yellow building was our…
the bright yellow building was ou…
the shinkyo sacred bridge that cro…
the shinkyo sacred bridge that cr…
ryuzu falls
ryuzu falls
the first sign of autumn
the first sign of autumn
lake chuzenji
lake chuzenji
obento picnic by the lake
obento picnic by the lake
swan shaped paddle boats!!
swan shaped paddle boats!!
more awesome dragonflies!
more awesome dragonflies!
erika, tammie, john, keri
erika, tammie, john, keri
monkeys for sale!
monkeys for sale!
the tunnel leading under the kegon…
the tunnel leading under the kego…
kiel @ kegon falls
kiel @ kegon falls
kegon falls is known as lovers j…
kegon falls is known as 'lover's …
Coco Farm & Winery
Coco Farm & Winery
the vineyards on the hillside
the vineyards on the hillside
where shiitake mushrooms are grown
where shiitake mushrooms are grown
vending machines outside the rest …
vending machines outside the rest…
there are vending machines here fo…
there are vending machines here f…
...and receive your food here!
...and receive your food here!
Mr. Bear at a rest stop on the wa…
One of the customs before enterin…
Kiel demonstrates how to peel a g…
Nikko
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