Nikko

Today we headed to Nikko, a World Heritage Site. Nikko is a town that is in the mountains of Japan. The first thing we did was go to Shinkyo Bridge, a bridge built in 1636. It was really neat to walk across it and see the roaring river below. We then went to a few temples. We started with Rinnoji Temple, which was actually under construction and in a box. Next,  we went to

We then went to a few temples and shrines. We started with Rinnoji Temple, which was actually under construction and in a box. Next,  we went to Toshogu Shrine, the final resting place of the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. There were some cool carvings of a cat and the “see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil monkey carvings.”

We then had lunch at a place and got their special set consisting of a Yuba burger and tomato soup. We then boarded a bus for the lake. We went up this winding road that had 48 switchbacks combined going up and down the mountain. It was quite the adventure!

When we got to the top, there was a beautiful waterfall.  We looked from the upper viewing platform and then headed down the elevator to the bottom! It was amazing! We then walked to the lake and watched the sunset. It was a great day that ended with some green tea mochi ice cream!

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