Day 4: mystical and magical. Who needs Disney when you can board a train and escape to a magical world in reality? The scenery from the train window helps the transformation from urban to this snowy wonderland in the mountains. Yamadera has 1100 steps and they so graciously tell you how far you have gotten.
The wind and snow were howling at us at the bottom, but determination helped us reach the top. Peaceful silence broken by screams - a traveler embarked with inadequate
Day 3: rainy days and Sundays.... a transportation day with a short hour peaceful diversion through Utsunomiya before Shinkansen to next pitstop in Sendai. A peaceful morning at the shrine and found the Buddha with three beans standing strong from the encroachment of urbanism. We are on our way from Kanuma to Sendai catching the Shinkansen in Utsonomiya. This little map shows the Nikko line from that main hub. It's a rainy day with damp glistening streets. One of the things t
Day 2: I would walk 500 miles…. ahem…. I would climb 12 steps.. 20 steps.. 41 steps.. 147 steps to be with you… departed Tokyo on the Shinkansen to Utsunomiya to Nikko. For 600 yen, we stowed our packs for the trek uphill then downhill to explore the Toshogu shrine. A multi-sensory experience in the day. Hum and low whistle of Shinkansen. Gravel crunching. A bird whistle toy clear and distinct through the rustle of wind in cedars. Water dripping from bamboo faucet and splat
TOKYO = plum blossoms in Ueno, selfie sticks in Asakusa, sake barrels lining gravel path to Meiji shrine
(tumblr blog 2015) The beckoning cat – Maneki-neko (招き猫) – is a common image or figurine that signifies good luck to the owner. The left paw raised is for businesses to get more customers and the other paw is holding the coin, but when that paw is raised it is intended to bring fortune. This is a common site everywhere in Japan. ONE DAY IN TOKYO? How can you see Tokyo in