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Nikko Trip
2020.09.10

I was bitten by the travel bug a long time ago. I have always been fascinated by travelling abroad and getting on a plane to head to a distant land. It helps that we have a network of family who live in various countries. Taking a trip to meet never before seen uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents and so on was the springboard that got me hooked on adventuring outside the seas of my twin island republic.

Travelling within Japan is a bit expensive but it is worth it. It saves quite a bit of time too if you are moving around within Japan. Honestly, journeying to the airport is a time waster. First, you need time to get ready, next account for a one or two hour journey by train to the airport (depending on where you live and what time the trains connect) and then the entire three hour wait before the flight departs. That in itself totals the same time you would be on a flight to somewhere majestic! It is exhausting.

Having a licence and taking a road trip is also enjoyable. It is a lot of driving but there is nothing like the convenience of moving around with your own vehicle. The last time I took a road trip was almost a year ago, around August. Nikko was always suggested as a place to visit so I decided to head out there for a couple of days and see what all the excitement was about.

The town itself is like every other suburban town in Japan. Local shops, an attractive, brightly lit station with loads of buses for getting around, restaurants and souvenir shops, gas stations and supermarkets. When we took a walk to find food on the day we arrived, I was happy to come across vegetarian gyoza. Gyozas are absolutely delicious dumplings filled with ground meat and vegetables and wrapped in a thin dough. They are also known as pot stickers. I am not a vegetarian but usually there is someone in the group with a dietary restriction (choice) so this was like finding an oasis in a desert.

If you have been following this blog then you would be aware that I made a trip to Hokkaido where we did a day trip to Aoi Ike also known as Blue Pond. It is so named because the water is infused with minerals that adjust the colour of the water depending on the weather conditions. From the hotel on Nikko's main street, accessing a few places of interest is quite easy on foot. The first we encountered was a cordoned off area with rushing water as blue as that lake in Hokkaido rainbowed by a well-preserved bridge painted in a red that reminded me of healthy, perfectly oxygenated blood.

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2020.09.10
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