Trip Start Sep 23, 2008
22Trip End Dec 21, 2008
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The Hako bus took us to 5 of the major touristy hot spots in Nikko: all temples and waterfalls. After the long bus ride we made it to the bigest of destinations where there were all sorts of temples where samurai's and soguns are buried. The fall leaves were spectacular everywhere we went, and the trees were so tall! I watched part of a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony and was very close so the pictures came out well. I read somewhere that Nikko is one of the famous places in Japan that make up what is called the Romantic Road. It is a National Park, thus the whole region is protected. It's a good thing because the mountians, wildlife, history, waterfalls, and vegetation is remarkable! Later, I saw one of the three most famous waterfalls in Japan: Kegon Falls. The rock formations looked like those that I learned about in Geology 101 at WWU! The elevator down to the viewing spot was made by digging through solid rock! It was freezing cold, but so beautiful and almost reminded me of home and Snoqualamie Falls. So many pictures that I took just didn't come out looking right because some times there is just no way to capture the real thing- it could be me, my camera, or both. However, seeing more pictures would only lead you to the same conclusion which is that it was really an amazing place. If I come back to Japan, I will definetely live in the country, or in a small city outside of Tokyo. Nasushiobara? perhaps...
Oh, and after the 5 hour trip home I had never been so happy to be in my bed- I was dead tired!