Akemashite Omedetogozaimasu (Happy New Year)
This is the view from a room.
I had a buffet breakfast; hotel serves New Year dishes, too.
It’s New Year so decide to go to Nikko Toshogu (Shrine) for prayer.
At Kinugawa Onsen (Hot Spring) Station, Station staffs and local people are serving sake and Amazake (sweet non-alcohol sake).
SL train stops this Station.
Then I see the real SL train: Taiju. Yeah!
Today, I took this train to reach Tobu Nikko Station.
Two trains were connected; it has double faces.
The road was crowded with cars to visit the shrine.
We took a bus till Shinkyo (God’s Bridge) then walked to Nikko Toshogu.
Shinkyo (God’s Bridge) is beautiful.
Nikko Toshogu is the World Heritage.
We walked to the entrance of Nikko Toshogu.
This is the first gate, need to show a ticket to enter the premises.
Toshogu is in the process of repairing.
Some buildings are reborn in bright colours.
This place is famous for THREE WISE MONKEYS: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.
Yomeimon (Yomei Gate)
This gate is so colourful.
This dragon is drawn at the ceiling of this gate, beautiful and powerful.
This Nemuri Neko (Sleeping Cat) is also famous.
This cat looks as if she can wake up anytime.
The main building of shrine is still under the repair.
We managed to pray and visit places before the place gets crowded with more visitors to arrive.
We catch a bus back to Tobu Nikko Station.
We went to collect our free souvenirs, Castella (cakes) and Yuba (tofu), at Nikko Castella Honpo (Main Store).
Then we changed a train to return to Kinugawa Onsen Station to hotel before it gets dark.
We enjoyed dinner after a good exercise, walking at Shrine.
We had a voucher to get another dessert after dinner.
We did dessert hopping tonight. fufufu