Aug 28, 2012
Fun fun fun trip to Nikkou , Tochigi Prefecture
I went on an overnight trip to Nikkoin Tochigi Prefecture with my
family . I visited there for the first time in the last 30 or so years
scince I traveled here as school trip and family trip when
I was a child. My husband and children took first time trip to Nikkou.
By the way, I associate Nikko toshogu ,Kegon WaterFall, Irohazaka ,
autumn leaves and Chinise dumplings with Tochigi Prefecture.
"Iroha Pass (Iroha zaka / いろは坂) "
We left our home midnight not to meet traffic jam, and got to our first
destination about 6 AM as scheduled. Red leaves at Iroha pass is very famous.
My son is still sleeping.
Look at the display of my car navigation system.
Iroha pass is such a twisty and winding road
Lake chuuzenji (chuuzenjiko / 中禅寺湖）
With the stone statues ,three monkeys, in parking lot behind a souvenir shop
"Ryuzu Waterfall" (Ryuzu no Taki/ 龍頭の滝) ,which means dragon head waterfall
in Japanease. The very best season to visit here is autumn leaf season.
Please enjoy the roaring sound of this waterfall, if you like.
What a excellent view! This is almost 100 meters tall "Kegon Waterfall
(Kegon no Taki/ 華厳の滝)", which is one of Japan's three most beautiful
falls , from the paid platform. Foutunately, we were able to see a fantastic
rainbow appearing over the waterfall.
Look at these six pictures below taken in Toshogu (東照宮）,
which Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of
"Tokugaa Ieyasu"(徳川家康）, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate.
The Five Storied Pagpda
Toshogu's famous carvings "Tree monkeys"
Toshogu was enlarged into the spectacular complex seen today
by Ieyasu's grandson Iemitsu during the first half of the 17th century.
Yomeimon Gate( 陽明門）
It is designated as national treature. Especially,sculptures are remarkable
Near the hotel with my children and my cousin's children
We stayed in "Kinugawa onsen(鬼怒川温泉）”,where is popular
hot spring resort town along Kinugawa River , near Toshogu
with my cousin and her family. We met at the hotel in the afternoon.
A Frying-squirrel that my cousin has got. Its name is "Peach". She's so cute.
The following day, We first played at "Kinugawa River " its water is very cold, .
We found some tadpoles there.
And then, We also went to a dude ranch ,and I felt relaxed there.
We slided along lawn with a sled.This was really fun.
Much faster speed than we expected excited us.
We parted sorrowfully from my cousin and her family here,
and headed for "futarasan Shrine"
The approch to Futarasan shrine
"Futarasan Shrine(二荒山神社）" was founded in 782 by ”Shodo Shonin”,
the Buddhist monk who introduced Buddhism to Nikko
The Taiyuinbyo is the mausoleum of the third Tokugawa shougun, Iemitsu,
Main Hall (honden/ 本殿）
One hundred forty dragons are painted on the ceiling in Haide Oratory.
That was extremely excellant.
After visiting this gorgeous place, we directed our course toward home.
I had happy ,exciting ,full time with my family and relatives during vacation.
I hope I could go to Nikko in colored leaves season next.