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Nikko, days 3 and 4

Third day started from breakfast too ;)

Breakfast

breakfast - salad
Salad.

breakfast - squid
Squid.

breakfast
Natto
: Fermented soybeans with somewhat strange taste and not very pleasant appearance.

breakfast

breakfast
Some tofu dish.

breakfast
Bacon.

breakfast - fish
Scary looking fish head with teeth. Pretty tasty bits of meat were still left there.

sweets
Back in the room - new cookies.

monkey cookie
The cookies are actually in the shape of monkies.

This day we decided to return back to Nikko again to better inspect the bridge we saw the other day that looked interesting, so we hopped onto the morning bus that went to Nikko station.

waterfall
The driver stopped on a mountain road for a minute to show us these waterfalls.

waterfall

waterfalls
Both of the waterfalls together. Sadly we don't know the names.

Shinkyo Bridge
And here we are at the Shinkyo (Sacred) bridge. Part of Futarasan shrine, it's one of the three most beautiful wooden bridges of this type. It was built in 1636.

The bridge was sacred and except during a special religious events, only Shogun or Emperor and people with him could cross this bridge. At the entrance to the bridge there is a special stone called Gejo Ishi, that commanded all visitors to the sacred Nikko area to dismount or to come our of their vehicles before crossing the bridge.

Shinkyo Bridge
It so happened that a traditional Shinto wedding ceremony was being held at the bridge when we arrived.

Wedding on Shinkyo Bridge

Wedding near Shinkyo Bridge

Wedding near Shinkyo Bridge

Shinkyo Bridge
The wedding is over, so we can take more pictures of the bridge and surroundings.

Daiya river
Daiya river.

Shinkyo Bridge

Shinkyo Bridge

Futarasan jinja steps
Then we crossed the highway and went up to the Futarasan shrine territory.

some closed temple buildings

some closed temple buildings
I am not sure what these are, but some sort of a shrine property, I guess. The sign nearby implied horse stables.

maple leaf on a stone walkway

We and a maple leaf on a stone walkway
The lone small red fallen maple leaf caught our attention.

Futarasan jinja park
Stairs somewhere up.

Futarasan jinja park

Futarasan jinja park
Broom at the gate ;)

Futarasan jinja park

Futarasan jinja park

Shinkyo Bridge
And we are back to the bridge, that's now open to the public (for a measly 300 yen per person).

Tickets to the Shinkyo Bridge

Daiya river from Shinkyo Bridge

Daiya river from Shinkyo Bridge

Futarasan jinga structures
Sun went out and we got a shot of this mini shrine on the other side of the road.

Daiya river from Shinkyo Bridge
This is the main bridge that everybody uses these days.

Shinkyo Bridge
Some more pictures with sun.

Shinkyo Bridge

Shinkyo Bridge

Shinkyo Bridge

Nihon romantic highway near Shinkyo Bridge
Japanese Romantic highway in Nikko.

Nikko near Shinkyo bridge

Nikko near Shinkyo bridge
Walking from the bridge towards Nikko station.

Nikko near Shinkyo bridge

Nikko city hall
Nikko city hall.

Nikko

Nikko

Nikko
Certainly land is either cheaper here or this is one very rich household.

Gas station at Nikko
Space-saving gas station at Nikko station.

Wood carving
Back at Chuzenji a craftsmen etching his signature on a wooden plate we purchased.

And dinner time.

Dinner
Some starters. Notably a clam and some beef.

Fugu sashimi
Sashimi dish from fugu fish.

clam soup
Some clam soup.

fried fish
Fried fish that had almost no meat, but was full of fried roe.

Shabushabu

Shabushabu

Shabushabu
Shabu-shabu.

Chawamushi
Chawanmushi.

Yuba
Mandatory yuba dish.

rice
Rice.

seasonal fruits
Seasonal fruits (pear and persimmon) and ...

cake
Cake for dessert.

This concluded the day 3.

The day 4 was our last day at Nikko, with early checkout too.

Breakfast was very European.

Breakfast

Yogurt
Yogurt.

soup
Soup.

omelet
Omelette with sausage and ketchup.

room hallway
Last look at the entry hall in our room.

Before departing to the station we took a short tour up the mountains to the Yumoto hot springs (apparently in all hot springs areas there's at least one yumoto spring (characters read as hot source).

Approachin Yuno lake

Yuno lake
Lake Yuno, despite what the name suggests, it's not hot.

Yudaki falls
Yudaki waterfall, also not hot. It's about 70 meters high.

Yudaki falls

Yudaki falls
Pretty majestic, actually.

Mt. Nantai
Mt. Nantai with lava tracks.

Kegon falls cloud
Near the Kegon Falls - a very low cloud covers the area.

And after that we went to Tokyo to move into our rental apartment that we have reported about already.

As you might have noticed, at this time of year Nikko itself still had decent fall colors, but trees in Chuzenji area mostly lost all the leafs already, so to get best results it's probably best to come there at the end of October.

Karaage
Karaage that Ksusha had for dinner that day.

This concludes today's report.

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