Thursday, Feb. 11 was a national holiday in Japan, 建国記念の日 or National Foundation Day. I’ve been trying to get myself out to Nikko, but it’s really far away, so it always seemed too far away for a day trip. (I live in Tokyo and it took 3 hours by train, since neither of us have a car. I’m sure it would be far away by car, too.)
It was a beautiful, clear holiday, but even so, there weren’t that many tourists. I suppose the distance from Tokyo worked in our favor :) Also, Nikko is famous for its autumn colors, so going in the winter probably didn’t hurt, either.
My friend K and I both really wanted to go–it was my first time and her second time, so we got up at around 4:30am and took a 6:00am-ish train to arrive in Nikko by around 9:30. Even though I only got about 4 hours of sleep, being outside in the mountains with snow was rejuvenating, and I had energy today (Friday) too, even though I should still be tired.
We went to three main places:
We walked everywhere, because it feels good to be walking outside on a nice day, and because my friend is training for a marathon (haha), but it’s quite a long walk from Tobu Nikko Station to Takino-o, so be warned.
(I kept tagging along K, who had her camera, and sometimes took almost the same pictures as her, so I feel like I should give her the credit for some of these. Thanks!!)
Repost from another blog I created, 2016-02-20.