On a super sunny sunday in Tokyo I decided to travel to the very rainy Nikko, a city in the northern region in Japan, three hours by train from Tokyo! I was beyond excited as I heard a lot about the beauty of Nikko, so I woke up early to enjoy a long day in one of the most traditional cities I visited in Japan.
Everything in Nikko is accessible by walking (you have to walk a lot though) and the first sign I spotted was the famous Shinkyo Bridge.
A few metres forward I spotted the entrance to all the shrines and of course, I decided to explore that area!
Everything was covered in moss which remembered me so much of Princess Mononoke, I was so amazed by the scenery and the rain made the atmosphere so perfect.
At the beginning of the Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine Area, I spotted the Five-story pagoda nikko, one of the National Tresures of Japan.
And of course, there are the famous three wise monkeys, Mizaru, Kikazaru, Iwazaru, who symbolize the principles “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.
The Yomei-mon was just outstanding, I was amazed by all the details and work which was put in in this beautiful peace of art.
To get to the Leyasu’s tomb and the wood craving Nemuri-neko, the famous sleeping cat, I had to climb up a lot of stairs and since it was already noon and super humid, that was quite a bit of work, but worth it in the end!
After exploring the shrine area, I had yakisoba and Yakitori for lunch at the cute restaurant called Hippari dako, and while eating I read the notes from people all over the world which covered the walls. Slowly I headed back to the train station and arrived in Tokyo at around 11 pm, exhausted but happy.
Nikko was beautiful and although I didn’t see everything the city has to offer, I was pretty happy with my experience and I highly recommend everybody visiting this extraordinary traditional city in the north while being in Tokyo, even if it is for one day, it’s worth it every minute!