An area with shops, noodle restaurants and outstanding scenery. In between tour buses full of tourists take the time to sit and watch the water while slurping your noodles with fresh mountain vegetables. Talk the long uphill walk to the bridge crossing the falls and see the lake miles beyond. The next bus can take you to the hot spring area where you can take a hot, smelly but wonderfully relaxing sulphur bath
Nikko - 150 Km North of Tokyo
My visit to Nikko was made just over 19 years ago - it was a day trip from Tokyo - and I didn't make notes or anything as at the time of my visit I never expected to be writing something like this.
I do recall we travelled by train from Tokyo to Nikko, then went by bus to the shrine.
It is a very peaceful area, lots of trees, yet a sense of spaciousness.
From the Shrine our bus continued on to Lake Chuzenji, much higher up in the mountains. I recall a very large temple there, (no photographs though)
The photograph at left shows the highway leading down from Lake Chuzenji, 48 hairpin bends, and quite a few curves as well.
"Return to Tokyo"
Back to Nikko, passing the Kegon Falls on the way, and return to Tokyo by train.
As with everything in Japan this was probably an horrendously expensive day out, but even at my present age I remember this as a very peaceful day, the Shrines, the Shogun tombs, the quietness. Well worth it.