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    The Sleeping Cat.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 1, 2014
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    Favorite thing: I paid extra to see the carving of The Sleeping Cat as I have rather a soft spot for cats. Even so it is so little and so high up I almost missed it. I searched and searched but it was only because I saw someone else craning their neck trying to photo it that I finally found it. It was carved by Jingorou Hidari, a famous Japanese wood sculptor with a fondness for cats. He pioneered the depiction of animals in a life-like realistic way.

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    The Three Wise Monkeys.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 1, 2014
    The Three Wise Monkeys.

    Favorite thing: The famous carving of the three wise monkeys is located over a doorway in the Toshugu Shrine They were also carved by Hidari Jingoro. The monkeys show see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

    The three wise monkeys are panel two of a series of eight panels using monkeys to show major life events in the cycle of life, such as: baby monkey achieving independence, falling in love etc.

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    Nikkoji Beer - Premium

    by Ewingjr98 Written May 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Nikko is a Japanese town best known for its ancient temples that are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town also brews a few fine beers including Nikkoji Pilsner and Nikkoji Premium.

    I brought a few bottles of Nikkoji Premium at a town outside of Nikko (730 Yen per bottle) and drank them at home a few days later. The Premium beer has a classy black label with red and gold lettering. All of the test on the label is Japanese except for the word "Premium," and a web address. The beer pours a beautiful dark coppery brown with a thin, light tan head. The taste is rich and delicious.

    q4 out of 5 stars.

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    Nikkoji Beer - Pilsner

    by Ewingjr98 Written May 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Nikko is a Japanese town best known for its ancient temples that are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town also brews a few fine beers including Nikkoji Pilsner and Nikkoji Premium.

    I first tried Nikkoji Pilsner at a small restaurant in central Nikko, not far from the train station, where the beer was an expensive 730 Yen per bottle. The waiter brought the entire large 500 ml bottle, along with a single tiny shot glass. The beer poured a crystal clear golden color, typical of pilsners worldwide. The smell was very faint, with a bit of hops. The taste was crisp and clear, with a smooth finish, but really nothing spectacular.

    3.5 out of 5 stars.

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    Nikko Agenda

    by Cherr08 Updated May 4, 2008

    Favorite thing: You will miss a lot if you just walk around Central Nikko. There are a lot of beautiful sites in Nikko. If you only have a day or 2 to spend, I suggest you explore the Northern Tip first. It saves time and you get to see more.

    1. Yudaki Falls - You can spend the night at Yumoto Onsen. Higher Elevation so the air is nice and crisp.
    2. Ryuzu Falls - On your way back from Yudaki.
    3. Kegon Falls - You'll pass by Chuzenjiko Lake, Futurasan Chugushi Shrine
    4. ShinKyo Bridge - Then central Nikko which includes several shrines and local shops.
    * If you follow this agenda, then you need to get Tobu Nikko Bus Pass at the main station. There's several Bus Stop near the major sites. Usually, the bus pass by in 30 mins interval, but it can also be irregular. So before you do anything, check the pick up time.

    I love Nikko. Best Time to go is Autumn.

    Cheers, Cher

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    Majestic cedars

    by angelochka Written Feb 11, 2007
    on the way to the shrine...

    Favorite thing: on the way to Toshogu shrine stone steps are leading you up the hill into a forest of cedars, there are thousands and they are so majestic, tall and powerful..just thinking about these cedars being hundreds years old and only God knows what they witnessed...if only cedars could speak...

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    SNOWY MOUNTAINS

    by Adeline_Foo Updated Jul 13, 2003

    Favorite thing: This is the first view we saw immediately when we stepped out of Nikko Station. Amazing isn't it ... It was breathtaking ... It is freezing cold in Nikko in Spring. The winter season is just over and the roads & pavements were still covered in some snows.

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    Wonderful experience...onsen

    by wonga0 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Continue by bus from Chuzenji-ko for about 30 minutes, it's Yumoto Onsen. It's a famous area for skiing and onsen. I knocked into one of the high-end hotels and asked for a BATH and here it is! It's an outdoor sulphur onsen, costs 1300Yen for a bath in it. Such a wonderful experience to bath in an onsen while it's snowing.

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    Chuzenji-ko - a lake up in the mountains

    by wonga0 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Chuzenji-ko is one of the main attractions around Nikko. The lake, which is located on the snow mountain, definitely worths a visit. That day was terribly windy and freezing. However, weather was still fine and the color of the lake was deep blue. I'm sure it's even more beautiful during summer.

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    Don't miss the details

    by davidlop Written Oct 9, 2002

    Favorite thing: Nikko is full of great temples and shrines, but also is usually crowded by tourists. Try to get there on a weekday, to enjoy a more relaxed tour... and walk by the buildings and between.

    Fondest memory: Anyway, don't loose your sight on the floor, there are a lot of nice details all around, specially near the roofs or at the roofs themselves! Some buildings are very rich in decoration (and also with a fine imagination, sometimes:)

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    Visit the temples and shrines...

    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 13, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the temples and shrines in this neighborhood. You can easily see all by walking from one to another (distances are short). Among them is also the Toshogu-shrine and one of the most beautiful pagoda's outside of Kyoto and Nara.

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    Greener side of Japan

    by HeidiR Written Aug 30, 2002

    Favorite thing: If you only have a few days in Japan like us, get out of the city and see a bit of the country side. Take the Tobu line to Nikko, there are 2 kinds of trains there the quicker one costs twice as much one is called rapid and one is express, one takes 2hrs the other takes 2.5hrs.

    Fondest memory: The beautifal waterfall walk. See my must see activities.

    Also take a look at my Japan page for photographs

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    Autumn in Nikko.

    by Sharrie Written Sep 1, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Autumn in all its splendor!
    Autumn holds a special meaning to me, most probably because I was borned in this season. Whatever the reason, the foliage is just so incredibly beautiful that I long for it every year...

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    Kegon Falls.

    by Sharrie Written Sep 1, 2002

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    Favorite thing: KEGON FALLS: One of the most famous waterfalls in all of Japan.
    Features an elevator down to a platform where you can observe th power of the plunging water.

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    Stone and bronze lanterns.

    by IreneMcKay Written Jun 1, 2014
    Lanterns, Nikko.
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    Favorite thing: The shrines at Nikko are lined with large numbers of beautiful moss covered stone and bronze lanterns. A really lovely sight.

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