Hello from Nikko! This was stop number two on our tour after Tokyo. We spent one and a half days here exploring the area and highlights included a visit to one of Japan’s most famous Shinto shrines Nikko Tosho-gu, a visit to Kegon falls, and a beautiful walk along the river near downtown Nikko.
This Shinto shrine in Nikko is surrounded by forest and it’s peak fall here right now so the leaves look so incredible. This place exemplified exactly why I wanted to visit Japan in fall specifically. It was so much better than I imagined!
The shrine was built as a memorial to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868. It has both Shinto and Buddhist elements.