|Mosaic in Nikko|
|Shoyen Garden, Nikko|
|By Shinkyo Bridge|
|There was a strange obsession with drawing comparisons between SKYTREE and the temples.|
|Do you see the SMS tree?|
The main reason for the "meh" feeling towards the trip overall was a bad sense of timing. The trip from Yokosuka took about 3 hours to get there and 4 hours to get back. Since there were other things we would like to do in Nikko like see Lake Chuzenji and Tobu World Square, we should have planned a weekend trip to see everything. Sights are about 40 minutes apart by bus or train so doable in a weekend, but we just didn't really think things through other than "Leaves!" Also, it was really crowded due to the foliage and that Monday was a holiday so I was very happy we didn't drive but it also made the trains more crowded. We were unable to take the Rapid Express home, which is why the extra hour got tacked on to our trip back. I should have booked our seat reservation when we got our tickets in the a.m. at the Tobu Asakusa station.
|Intersection by Tobu Asakusa Satation|
|A funny vegetarian-friendly restaurant named Hippari dako in Nikko where we ate Tsukune (so, not veg)|
and looked at all the pieces of paper/detrius from former tourist patrons. Very cool!
|SMS is happy because he found a house with a garage in Japan! Sagoy!|
On the way back home, we stopped in Yokohama to see the Smart Illumination, a energy awareness light art exhibit/installation in Yamashita Park, Yokohama. The website said Minatomirai so we walked extra (yay, more walking!) to get there but eventually we saw the installations and had a more modern end to our day.