Nikko | Japan Travels

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.

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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.

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A few metres forward I spotted the entrance to all the shrines and of course, I decided to explore that area!

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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.

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At the beginning of the Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine Area, I spotted the Five-story pagoda nikko, one of the National Tresures of Japan.

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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”.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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