Dec 12, 2018 - Dec 13, 2018
2 guests - 1 room
Truly magical if you can get there! Located only a couple hours north of Tokyo up in the mountains this little town has a lot to offer. The main town is located at the base of a mountain with several very sacred temples and shrines. If you take a ride up the mountain you'll be treated to several waterfalls, big beautiful glass like lakes and incredible scenery. And after a day of trekking enjoy one of the many onsen, natural hot spring baths, back in town.
This was as advertised! Temples galore and in the middle of the woods. A beautiful 5-story pagoda and gorgeous scenery. A must if you plan on venturing out of the cities of Japan.
If Kyoto is too far away, and you're looking for a taste of traditional Japan near Tokyo instead, Nikko makes for a good day trip or an overnight escape. Tour the temples and shrines, have a hot-springs soak, and have a feast for dinner at your traditional inn (ryokan / minshuku).
If you've ever enjoyed a Studio Ghibli movie, then Nikko will give you everything you want. Cool mists drape over high, forested mountains and low valleys cut by slow rivers. The hiking here is easily top tier, and it's only about an hour from Tokyo by bullet train. Nearby is also Kamakura, with the famous giant bronze Buddha, and the ride from Nikko Station to Kamakura is very serene.