The hot spring, I can't wait to go to another one!
Some scenes from around the hotel
The second morning that we were in Nikko, we decided to go see the temples and other things the area has to offer. There is a series of temples, called 東照宮(Toshogu) honoring the first Tokugawa Shogun 家康 (Ieyasu). We spent the morning walking from shrine to shrine and looking at all the beautiful buildings. Since it is so famous, and the shrine area brings in so much money, all the buildings and statues were beautifully maintained.
This was the largest stone gate during the Edo period
One of the most famous parts of 東照宮 are the 3 Wise Monkeys
Look at all those good-looking people!
Another famous part is the ねむりねこ (sleeping cat)
We walked up 200 steps to see the grave of 家康 (Ieyasu)
The grave of 家康
After lunch we walked around looking for おみやげ (souvenir's) and then went to see the Sacred Bridge. We didn't pay to actually go onto the bridge, but it was still incredible just looking at it!
Our final stop of the day was to go see 華厳滝 (Kegon Waterfall). It was about a 30 minute drive, but it was definitely worth it.
On the drive to 華厳滝
Close to 華厳滝 there is also this amazing lake called 中禅寺湖 (Chuzenji). The lighting was perfect when we got there!
I would definitely recommend going to 日光 if you are ever in Japan. It's easy to get to, and there is so much to see! Now that I've gone on my first trip out of Tokyo, I'm just itching to go again! Any suggestions of where I should go next?
For your amusement...
Just the boys doing some casual modeling
And taking selfies