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Nov 2, 2015 - Tokyo (Nikko)

Today was a free day for our group but several of us were interested in going to Nikko where there's a famous shrine so our guide very kindly offered to take us. Unfortunately it was pouring with rain in Tokyo this morning but we donned raincoats & armed with umbrellas we managed the 10 minute walk to the station & the rest of the trip was undercover. It took about 3 hours & several changes of train including another bullet train but our Japan Rail Passes are good until tomorrow so it didn’t cost anything. We’ve been so fortunate with the...

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Nov 24, 2014 - Nikko, Kegon Falls

Nikko Mon 24th Nov. 8°C Fine, some cloud. Went to the lookout for Kegon waterfall, one of the three most famous waterfalls in Japan. There's a car park (¥310), market place, food stalls, etc nearby. It's about 100m from the carpark to the top level lookout which gives a great view. You pay ¥550 for an elevator return ticket to the lower lookout, 100m below, well worth it for the different viewpoint. We then drove up the spectacular one-way Iroha-zaka Winding Road to the Akechidaira Plateau and ropeway. A motoring enthusiast’s dream, despite...

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Nov 23, 2014 - Nikko, Lake Chuzenji

Nikko Sun 23rd Nov. Fine and cool. Woke up early and went for a stroll along the lakeshore in front of our hotel. Lake Chuzenji has a beautiful setting amongst the mountains of Nikko National Park. The township of Chuzenjiko Onsen sits between the lake and dormant Mt Nantai, which erupted about 20,000 years ago, blocking the valley and creating the picturesque lake. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3806.html We are staying in the grand but fading Lakeside Hotel with a view of Lake Chuzenji. It's expensive as it's an onsen hotel, rooms are...

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Nov 22, 2014 - Nikko Shrines and Temples

Nikko Sat 22nd Nov. 8°C Fine/Cloudy 5am wakeup, trains to catch and places to go! Met Mel at Hon-Atsugi Stn, we caught the 5:42 express to Shinjuku, about 50min. Then at 7:30 we boarded the JR Nikko #1 to Tobu-Nikko, arriving at 9:30. Picked up our hire car, a Nissan March, and drove to the 'World Heritage Shrines &Temples’. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/913 From the carpark we headed for Rinnoji Temple, which unfortunately for us was under restoration and completely hidden inside a huge building. So we continued up the wide Omotosando...

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Jan 19, 2014 - Nikko

I know it's 2014 already, but I wanted to make a quick entry about a trip I did last November. I made a trip up to Nikko in November 2013, which is a world heritage site. It's known for it's many temples, natural beauty and fall colors. It was a good trip and I had a good time up there. Hopefully, you'll get some idea of what it's like from some of the pictures I took of the area.

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Kerry in Japan

Nov 6, 2013 - Tokyo and Beyond

Oh Tokyo! Where to start? We’ve been here for three days and are nearly worn out. It’s been interesting to wear our pedometers (for a work related activity that continues for all our time in Japan). At home we struggle to reach the goal of 10,000 steps a day. Here we are getting up towards 20,000. It’s a HUGE city and there’s lots of walking. We are close to collapse at the end of the day. Perhaps we’re not quite up to what we used to manage…. We enjoyed our flight. Booked as premium economy somehow we ended up in business class seats and...

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Oct 11, 2010 - Nikko, Japan

It is pre-dawn here in Tokyo, Monday morning October 11, a national holiday of unknown significance to me. I doubt it has anything to do with our Columbus Day holiday, which, I believe, is also celebrated on this date tomorrow. Even after nearly a week in Japan we are still tending to wake up early. I'm sure it has to do with fairly early bedtimes plus an eleven hour time difference with the U.S. East Coast. The “jet-lag” pills we bought at REI don't seem to have worked! (Lynda here – if he would sleep on the plane it might help. I feel the...

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Oct 5, 2010 - Greetings From Japan

It is just after 3AM on Wednesday October 6. We both woke up a short time ago since we went to bed about 8PM and our body clocks have certainly not adjusted to the 11-hour time change from Georgia. So it seemed like a good time to get up and write a progress report. After sunrise we will have breakfast here at the Holiday Inn near Narita Airport and then take the train into Tokyo, then north two hours to the lovely town – according to Lynda – of Nikko (A World Heritage Site) for four days, our first official stop here in Japan before flying...

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May 10, 2010 - Nikko: World Heritage Site

Nikko, Japan: World Heritage Site ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 10-11 May 2010 It`s Another Train Journey or Two I had not realised until I started taking an interest in these things that there are quite a few different types of Shinkansen and today I am taking a big one, a double decker and I am on the top deck. It is a Max Yamabiko 111 Super Express. I am surprised by its size and quite how sculpted the nose is. I have to take this train to...

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Oct 23, 2009 - Wood for trees

After a chat last night with mein host Ken Samumoto - who fortunately speaks fluent English - I decided I could avoid the bus stress and see the autumn colours by walking further up into the mountains from Nikko itself, which is basically what I did for several hours today. Photographically it was difficult, often overcast, but more often a challenge because there were too many trees in the way! It was a great hike though, not too steep anywhere, great trees, great views,and not one other person all day long. This confirmed my long-held...

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Oct 22, 2009 - Autumn Fire

It being the busiest time of the year for the Nikko area, I thought it might be a good idea to get an earlier bus up into the mountains. To this end I was up as early as I could get breakfast, and I had just bought my bus ticket to go further up into the mountains when the Tokyo train got in. It was nuts, hundreds of elderly Japanese hikers poured off it and all started running, rucksacks bobbing, half for the bus stop directly outside that station, the other half a short way down the road to where the bus started from. I immediately...

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Oct 21, 2009 - Round trip

Here I am back in Nikko again, about four weeks after last time, I even walk past my old minshuku (B&B) to get to the new place (which is a bit of a zen vegan hippy joint). There are an awful lot of people here to see the trees, and by the time I got here from Tokyo, traffic in the town heading up to the temple area was already slower than me walking. My orignal plan had been to straight away head further up into the mountains, but as this would clearly take for ever, I decided to defer that till tomorrow, and hopefully make an early start...

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