Nikko and Edo wonderland

Nikko and Edo wonderland

Time for a day trip from Tokyo…to Nikko.

After about 1.5hrs on the shinkansen then local train, we arrived in the most beautiful old town! We got a free shuttle bus to the Edo wonderland. This is a themepark that is a proper recreation of a town during the Edo period. The old buildings, gardens, girls in kimonos and autumn leaves were so beautiful. We watched a ninja show which was really cool…like watching a crazy Japanese ninja movie, but in real life! We learned heaps about how they used to live and even dressed up as a Samurai and Princess.

Back in town, we walked up a few kms to the shrine and temples district. First we stopped at this cute restaurant for lunch. It was traditional, so we sat on tatmi mats at the low tables. Chris got a Chicken katsu and miso soup combo and Emily got some soba and curry! You first cross the Shinkyo Bridge which is ranked as one of Japan’s three finest bridges. We then headed up to Rinnoji Temple and Shoyoen, a small Japanese style garden. The garden was soooooooooo beautiful and we stayed there so long we missed out on going to the main Toshogu Shrine!

Such a big day calls for a few beers, so we sat up on the roof of our hostel and had a few Asahi and Sapporo’s!