Arrive in Tokyo.
Drive to Nikko.
Get a good eight hour night sleep.
Wake up, ready to hit the ground running!
Forget jet-lag, not even twelve hours in Japan and I am ready to sightsee! First stop Nikko.
Each Fall, thousands of tourists (me included) flock to Nikko National Park to observe the changing of the autumn leaves. Although I arrived a little after their peak, I was still able to take in all the beautiful scenery this area has to offer. And spot a wild monkey too! To start the day, we drove up to Lake Yunoko, stopping to see Lake Chuzenji, Ryuzu Falls and Yudaki Falls, before heading to one of Japan’s famous waterfalls, Kegon Falls. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip.
The mountains as we drove up to Lake Chuzenji and Lake Yunoko.
A wild monkey! Don’t feed these guys though, they get aggressive.
Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenji-ko) sits at the bottom of the volcano Nantai-san. Most people come to boat and fish on this lake.
A shrine on Lake Chuzenji.
Ryuzu Falls. The basin of the falls are divided into two rocks and seems like two dragon’s head, giving them their name “Dragon’s Head Falls”.
Cascades along the hiking trails of Ryuzu Falls.
Andrew and I hiking up Ryuzu Falls.
More of the cascades.
What might be a mini Shrine (?) at the bottom of Ryuzu Falls.
Lake Yunoko was formed when Mt. Mitsudake erupted and stopped the flow of the Yukawa river.
A long way up to Lake Yunoko from Yutaki Falls.
Kegon Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in Japan. The falls drop 318 feets into a gorge. If you look closely, falls continue to seep out of the cracks in the volcano.
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