Nikko – Day 2

We had a great breakfast at the accommodation this morning, and then got the bus to Chuzenji for the lake and Kegon Waterfall. I had planned to do this on our last day in Nikko, but the weather was to be really good today so our host told us to do it today.

The bus wound its way up the mountains up to Chuzenji within about 45 minutes.

The first stop was the waterfall. This was viewed from a platform about 100m below. It had been drilled through bedrock, hence the price of admission. Schoolkids EVERYWHERE! They were having group shots on one of the levels of the platform, and were running wild on the others. Certainly not a relaxing time for communing with nature, unlike the advertising above!

Kegon Falls, Chuzenji, near Nikko
Kegon Falls, Chuzenji, near Nikko
Kegon Falls, Chuzenji, near Nikko
Kegon Falls, Chuzenji, near Nikko
Kegon Falls, Chuzenji, near Nikko
Kegon Falls, Chuzenji, near Nikko

I only realised later that you can photograph the falls from above (there had been signs saying you can’t walk down there and see the falls). So I took another couple of photos showing the falls from the top:

Kegon Falls, Chuzenji, near Nikko
Kegon Falls, Chuzenji, near Nikko
Kegon Falls, Chuzenji, near Nikko
Kegon Falls, Chuzenji, near Nikko

Next we walked around the corner and down the road a way to see the lake and mountain:

Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko

After a rest for admiration of the view, we headed down the road further to Chuzenji Temple. This one didn’t have a price for admission, but also wasn’t that big.

Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko

There were lots of prayers/wishes around the temple:

Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko

There was a path to the top of the mountain that we gave a miss…

Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko
Chuzenji Temple, at Lake Chuzenji near Nikko

We headed back down to the lake and walked along the shore a little:

Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko

We then headed back towards the bus stop in search of lunch. We found a little restaurant that served up nice tempura and grilled rainbow trout sets at a reasonable price:

Lunch - grilled rainbow trout set and prawn tempura udon at Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lunch – grilled rainbow trout set and prawn tempura udon at Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lunch - grilled rainbow trout set and prawn tempura udon at Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lunch – grilled rainbow trout set and prawn tempura udon at Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lunch - grilled rainbow trout set and prawn tempura udon at Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko
Lunch – grilled rainbow trout set and prawn tempura udon at Lake Chuzenji, near Nikko

We got the bus back to Nikko. The windows on this one were clean, so I took a few photos showing just how windy the road was:

On the road between Lake Chuzenji and Nikko
On the road between Lake Chuzenji and Nikko
On the road between Lake Chuzenji and Nikko
On the road between Lake Chuzenji and Nikko
On the road between Lake Chuzenji and Nikko
On the road between Lake Chuzenji and Nikko

There were some beautiful views, too, though:

On the road between Lake Chuzenji and Nikko
On the road between Lake Chuzenji and Nikko
On the road between Lake Chuzenji and Nikko
On the road between Lake Chuzenji and Nikko

We went back to our accommodation and had some coffee, rest (Ela) and catch up on this blog, so I don’t fall too far behind. We also didn’t have time to go to the Imperial Villa today.

We headed back to Nikko for dinner. Today we dined at Bar de Nikko. We’d stopped there yesterday hoping to try Yobu and pork for lunch, but they only serve omurice for lunch and we didn’t want it. Our mistake – we had all that for dinner tonight and it was so, so, so good! We’re contemplating stopping there for lunch tomorrow before heading back to Tokyo! I also had a glas of Shochu – tastes like Vodka.

Dinner at Bar de Nikko - so yummy!
Dinner at Bar de Nikko – so yummy!
Dinner at Bar de Nikko - so yummy!
Dinner at Bar de Nikko – so yummy!
Dinner at Bar de Nikko - so yummy!
Dinner at Bar de Nikko – so yummy!
Dinner at Bar de Nikko - so yummy!
Dinner at Bar de Nikko – so yummy!

We wandered over to the bus stop and saw this old phone booth:

Old phone booth, Nikko
Old phone booth, Nikko

And since we had a good 20 minutes to kill, I took a photo of the Shinkyo bridge by night:

Shinkyo Sacred Bridge by night, Nikko
Shinkyo Sacred Bridge by night, Nikko

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