This past weekend included a visit to Nikko, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. Nikko is situated in the northern part of Tochigi prefecture and is known for its breathtaking landscape in autumn, as well as its many shrines. One of the most fascinating facts about Nikko’s shrines is the history of them. Toshogu shrine is home to one of the oldest known references to the three wise monkeys (see/speak/hear no evil) and the infamous sleeping cat, along with being one of the most grandiose and lavishly decorated shrines in Japan. It also gets all kinds of mad props as a World Heritage site, a national treasure, and all that awesomeness. This stuff dates back to the late 16th and early 17th century, folks. Get excited.
The train ride from Sano to Nikko is not that long. I think it takes less time to get there than it does to get to Tokyo. Being as Nikko’s annual fall festival was on this particular weekend it was exceptionally crowded, but we expected that. Have a look at the photos below to get a glimpse at this town’s beauty. I have little else to say right now. Carry on.