Autumn Mission: Nikko

The leaves have started changing in Tokyo! Finally, I can get on track with my Autumn Mission.

One place that was on my list, and I’m happy to say I’ve now checked off, is the one and only Nikko. This was my second time to the World Heritage town, and it was just as spectacular as I remembered! A couple of friends and I spent the day around the back streets, discovering beautiful colours around every corner. It was so peaceful being away from the crowds. It’s actually kind of unfortunate that most people only go to the well-known sightseeing spots. They’re missing out on so much! At night, we checked out the “light up” at the shrines and temples. I wasn’t sure how good it was going to be, but maybe that’s what made it all the more impressive! The red shinto shrines and momiji leaves against the black night sky were intense and powerful. I literally couldn’t put my camera down! Walking around the small pond in Shoyoen Garden was probably the most memorable part of the night. The reflection of the trees in the water was so picturesque… if only there hadn’t been hundreds of other people there! As usual though, there was no pushing and shoving despite the crowd sometimes having to walk in single file. And even when the line came to a halt because someone wanted to take a photo, people waited patiently. It really is a special country.

Nikko in autumn

Nikko in autumn

Nikko in autumn

Nikko in autumn

Nikko in autumn

Nikko in autumn

Nikko in autumn

Nikko in autumn

On the road: Autumn in Nikko

It’s a long weekend and I’m making the most of the extra day off! I’m spending a couple of days sightseeing in the beautiful town of Nikko, a few hours north of Tokyo. I came up to see the autumn leaves, and so did half the country it seems! Traffic has been crazy!! We had wanted to visit a few waterfalls out of town but were told the usual 50 minute bus ride would take about 4 hours!! Boo. So we decided to stay around the World Heritage temples and shrines. It was still a fantastic trip. Nikko never disappoints! Here are a few sneak peak snaps from my iPhone. I’ll share my ‘real camera’ photos later :)

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