Makes a man grounded and aware of the surrounding world.
Nikko is a few hundred kilometers North from Tokyo.
As most really nice places in Japan, it’s quite crowded especially during the season. Due to crowds and eco-awareness, the walkways are there for people to enjoy the wonderful Nikko trekking trails which are extremely beautiful and clean.
The cultural significance of Nikko is major. Apparently Nikko has the most lavishly decorated shrine in all of Japan and the mausoleum of the Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate.
You can hardly tell why, but the statues dressed in red garments looked great
Looks like it was a bit cold while you were there, was this a problem?
The weather was indeed quite cold, because winter was approaching. The climate was still decent during the day-time, especially after trekking. At times I felt rather hot!
I remember when I started traveling around Asia 3 years back, I would be going to dozens of temples and sacred places and I’d learn everything I could about them. However, now I feel like I’ve seen so many temples that it doesn’t look so interesting to learn more about each one’s history or sacred rituals involved.
I believe that appreciating culture, beauty, and nature is a necessary skill for anyone as it makes you grounded and aware of the surrounding world. It’s the simple things that bring the most joy.
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