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Jan 15, 2006 - MONK-ey Business in Nikko

We left Tokyo and headed 128 kms north to Nikko, a holy place to followers of both the Buddhist and Shinto religions. One of the shrines in Nikko is unusually ornate which is uncommon for the typically austere Shinto shrines and like most ornate structures, the Tosho-gu shrine was built as a result of one man's ego. A shrine was originally built as requested by shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, however, when completed, his grandson felt the shrine was not nearly impressive enough and ordered that a much more elaborate (and some argue more...

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Dec 11, 2005 - Flight home, via Tokyo

Flight day - and I almost miss my plane from getting to the airport late (i should have known by now that Fran needs 3 hours to get ready and out of the door), but i made it to my plane on time. Thanks so much for all of the wonderful people, that made my holiday so memorable. I haven't counted how much I have spent, but whater ever it is, it has been worth it (plus i can fly for free again on the points that I earnt). My 9 hour stop-over in Tokyo was a little long, but after hiring a dayroom for 6 hours to sleep and have a bath, I was all...

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Jacki's Journey

Dec 2, 2005 - Big day out, big night out

I decided to do a day trip out from Tokyo, a couple of hours North, to Nikko. There are a few temples up there, aswell as a pretty lake and waterfall further up in the mountains. I got there and realised I was going to freeze half to death anyway (this being before any purchasing of gloves, earmuffs, etc) since it was pretty high in the hills anyway. I headed off up to the temples anyway, using the now familiar technique of buying hot tea from vending machines along the way - a godsend, if only to warm my hands up! I have to admit, they...

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