Japan Diaries: Day Trip to Nikko

Nikko
Today I am sharing our first post from Nikko. A beautiful, small, mountainous city in Tochigi prefecture, around 150 km north of Tokyo.  We visited so many places in and around Tokyo, and far from Tokyo as well. As I am going to share all the witnessed beauty of Japan, I think this post might be too long, so grab your coffee and sit back to enjoy Nikko. πŸ™‚ In the second last weekend of March, we (along with few friends) went for a road trip to Nikko. It was a truly mesmerizing experience of nature at its best. All of you who have been following me on Instagram must have had a sneak-peak to our trip but this post is more than that believe me. The day started very early, unlike any other Saturday. We all reached the spot and had our ride ready for the day. We had already planned about what all places we are going to cover during the day because Nikko has so much to offer that if you don't plan ahead of time, you may not be satisfied and miss out on many things, specially if time is a constraint for you. This was our first time visiting Nikko, but still we managed quite a few spots as few of our friends were experienced travelers for Nikko. We saw many places that kept us awestruck with either the beauty with serenity or beauty with technology or beauty with history. The first place we went to was the Tosho-gu shrine, which has been standing since centuries, built in 1617. Yet, when you visit it, the glittering gold plating doesn't give you the slightest of idea that it is so old! And, apparently, I saw the three wise monkeys engraved on one of the chambers' walls, said to have originated in Japan. Do I need to tell you what they are? DSC_0164 DSC_0200 IMG_4044 Next we visited Tobu World Square, which is a one-of-a-kind theme park in Nikko that has over hundreds of miniature models of famous buildings from all over the world. The best part of the park was that each and every building looked so real, with real-looking miniature human beings. This was a complete entertaining park, we all loved it, it was like virtually visiting all the places in the world that you ought to visit someday. As there were hundreds of such models I can't share all that I clicked but a few. πŸ™‚ IMG_4197

The Eiffel tower

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Arc de Triomphe

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Our very ownβ€”The Taj

The third place we went to was a truly mesmerizing experience, Urami falls. I really cannot describe this place in words, it was beyond. To add to our experience, it had snowed the previous day of our visit, so the entire course was partially covered in snow, which made the walk worthwhile, but a little cold also as no one was expecting snow piles, so we all were in our normal shoes and I was in my ballerinas, thankfully not in my heels. IMG_20140315_165220

View from the observation deck

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 The course to reach the observation deck

In the end, to wrap up our beautiful day we headed for the calm and serene waters of Lake Chuzenji. And again, to my surprise I am short of words for this yet another beautiful sight. By this time, I started feeling so cold as the snow at Urami falls made my shoes all drenched that I could barely feel my feet, so we all rushed in a cafe that was just in front of the lake for a hot cup of coffee. πŸ™‚Nikko DSC_0569   I hope you all liked this sharing of Japan diaries, do let me know if you would like to see more such posts on my experiences with the beauty of Japan. Would love to share with you all. Thanks for stopping by and reading! Love, AS