The Nikko Picture Post One

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Nikko (日光, にっこう) is another one of those places that I’ve always wanted to go, so I made some time and I took a day trip there. Nikko is famous for Nikko Toshogu Shrine (日光東照宮 or にっこうとうしょうぐ), waterfalls, focal fall leaves. One particular carving I really wanted to see was the Three Wise Monkeys (Sanzaru (三猿 or さんざる)): In this particular carving one monkey is covering his eyes, another covering his ears, and the the third covering his mouth… see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. This shrine has five famous treasures of which the Three Monkeys are one. Do you know the other four? No seriously, I can’t remember. There was the Sleeping Cat, the Dragon (I forget the Dragon’s name), and I can’t for the life of me remember the other two. As soon as I figure them out, I’ll post them, unless you get them first.

Did you know that Nikko is Japan’s third largest city? It’s no wonder I felt like there was so much more to see after my trip was done. I’ll have to go back soon. My pictures only provide a glimpse of Nikko, please keep in mind that there is lots more to see there. If I go again, I promise to show you some more 🙂

If you need a peaceful fall getaway, Nikko is a great spot to get some some fresh fall air, to see some amazing sights, and refresh your mind. ENJOY!

Welcome to Nikko

The fall leaves in Nikko, Japan

Nikko Toshogu (日光東照宮) Main Entrance

Torii archway at Nikko Toshogu

This was near the entrance of the Nikko Toshogu.

The Sacred Horse Stable in Nikko Toshogu

The Three Wise Monkeys ( Mizaru (見猿 or みざる), Kikazaru (聞か猿き) or きかざる)), Iwazaru (言わ猿 or いわざる)). See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.

A view of the main Nikko Toshogu's main courtyard

Ancient structures inside of Nikko Toshogu. I couldn't get enough of this place.

More of the courtyard

Please be sure to check out Nikko Picture Post Two Tomorrow 😀

Donald Ash

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Donald Ash is an ATLien expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last six years. While in aforesaid time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator, writer, designer, editor, programmer, and occasional bad artist of thejapanguy.com blog (that's just way too many hats, dude). Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.

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