Tochigi

Tower of Utsunomiya Castle Ruins

Utsunomiya Castle Ruins

Today we walked down to Utsunomiya Castle, a flatland castle originally built during the Heian period in 1063. Once counted among the seven major castles of Kanto region, it was totally destroyed in war. The partially restored castle now functions as a park for city residents to relax in.

I cannot forget this day ever Today we went to explore the Utsunomiya Castle 宇都宮城 located in Tochigi Prefecture The castle was okay but that I almost lost my Nikon D810 will stay etched in my memory for years to come We were staying at the APA Hotel Utsunomiya-Ekimae, a five-minute walk from the Utsunomiya Station We try our best to book hotels near to the station Even though they might be a little more expensive than those further away, it actually saves on travel cost and time We had arrived early in the day all the way from Aomori and took some rest at the hotel After

The shrines of Nikko

Today Mani & I visit the temples of Nikko in Tochigi. The vibrant temples at this World Heritage site are strikingly different in appearance from other temples I have witnessed in Japan. The lavishly decorated pillars and other structures are covered in a gold leaves and multitude carvings conveying expressions of religious belief as well as scholarship and philosophy.

It was a sudden rush of the moment when I decided to visit the shrines of Nikko The day before I was shuffling through some souvenirs at the Tougyoku Doll museum, when I chanced upon a set of hand painted cards of popular UNESCO sites in Japan The box contained a set of six UNESCO sites, of which I had visited all, barring Nikko So it was decided right then that we were going to Nikko the next day The “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” refer to the Toshogu and Futarasan-jinja shrines, the Rinnoji temple and the surrounding sacred forest located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern part of Japan’s Kanto region

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