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Japan Day 4: Nikko
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Japan Day 4: Nikko

11/07/14 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Travel

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I figured while I was up in Tokyo, it might be worthwhile to see how far north I could sneak to try and catch the change of the seasons. Nikko fit the bill, and I set out in the morning on the 2 hour train ride up there. Once in Nikko, the fresh mountain air hit me immediately and I was glad I'd opted for the ole VQ hoodie. I sprinted around trying to find a boxed lunch and 10 minutes later was on a bus further into the mountains with some type of food in hand.

In Nikko itself, the seasons were just beginning to change, and the streaks of red trees looked like they were running down the sides of the mountains. I forgot such gorgeous hues of red existed. As we took the bus up into the hills, the leaves gradually became more sparse and we overshot the goal of a full rainbow of colors, but hopefully I'll still find the perfect balance later in the trip.

After the hour long bus ride through some of the most gut wrenching hairpin turns of my life (50m wide maybe), we finally came out to an area most readily described as Lake Tahoe; a gorgeous alpine lake. I spent the day doing some hiking and checking out two waterfalls in the area that were surprisingly nice.

After the hour ride back down, I was devastated to find the shrine and temple I'd intended to visit closed at an absurd 3:30. So not a whole lot happened in town after that. I suppose it was reasonable considering the sun set around 4:30 which was absurd.

The ride back was my first Shinkansen train (the really fast ones). And it's just so amazing how casually fast it goes. I'll save my transit infrastructure rant for another time. As we sped through the countryside, I noticed a lot of little graveyards; several sites on a plot about the size of a small cabin which had dozens of graves. I assume family grave sites or something like that which have been around for generations

Lots of little things like that I see around and always wish I had a guide or something to explain. Anyways, the night was crazy and may merit its own blog post, so I'll save that story for another time. Happy weekend everyone!

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