Nikko Take Two

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Was told the night before it would be "brrr" in the morning but never realized how "brrr" until meekly putting one foot out from under the layers and layers of blankets the lodge owner insisted on giving me. Once I had summoned the coverage to get up and work out the Japanese controls on the room heater I was welcomed by both another sunny day in Nikko and an unexpected breakfast (was this really only 3500 Yen per night?). The owner was going "hopping" it seemed at 2pm so I'd have to be back by then for her to take me to the station.

Many of the temple buildings didn't allow photographs inside but that did not stop them setting up trinket and souvenir stalls inside each of them wherever there was space alongside little boxes selling prayers, fortunes and other things for around 200 Yen a go. I don't want to sound cynical as I know they do need to get funding but it did get a bit much and somewhat spoiled the old atmosphere of the place. That's not to say they were that old anyway as with most places in Japan they had been rebuilt recently due to being destroyed by either fire, earthquakes or World War II.

After taken my shoes off more times then I can remember to enter each of the temples I headed back to the lodge to catch the train which allowed me to do as all Japanese seem to on trains when not playing with their phones, sleep.

Back in Tokyo we had a few drinks while deciding to check out an Anime festival happening over the weekend since we were unable to get tickets to the Gibli Musuem (you have to book weeks in advance), but the rate at which we were going through Tokyo's local brew the chance of making it were quickly diminishing.
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