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From Ryuuzu Falls to Kegon Falls
2020.10.29

I cannot rightly remember how many days our trip to Nikko was but I guess it was probably three or four. If I have not said it before, I will say it again; having a vehicle in Japan when you go touring or sightseeing is a godsend (meaning, ' a very helpful or valuable event, person, or article'). Because we had our own transport, the trip did not feel like a race against time. We had the resources and the knowledge to maximise the adventures we could have in a day. It also helped that the main attractions were almost in a loop; they were all located along the same circular route that you could access easily by car.

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When you live in Japan, or a city like Tokyo for that matter, a car is not necessary for daily life. If anything, it is more inconvenient to own one. Taking the train, which stops at the train station at least every five minutes, is the ideal way to travel. Another option is owning a bike for short journeys, say to the supermarket or the bank. If you own a car, expect to have a lot of overhead costs - annual tax, yearly inspection fees, gas, monthly insurance, parking costs and miscellaneous repairs. If you are not from a certain country, getting a Japanese Driver's Licence is a whole 'nother kettle of fish. I will save that story for another blog. Let us snap back to our escapades in Nikko.

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Our day of water sightseeing had started with Ryuuzu Falls (literally translated it means "Dragon's Head Waterfall"). This water makes its way into Lake Yunoko and Lake Chuuzenji. It had been nice and sunny but as we travelled along Route 120 on our way to Kegon Falls, the weather started to change. By the time we got to Kegon Falls, the rain was coming down lightly, like a patient mother stroking a sleeping child's head. Between Ryuuzu Falls and Kegon Falls, we were afforded a breathtaking view of the lake. It glittered and swallowed up a huge mass of land as it sat silent and dominating in the middle of the town. There were parking spots on the side of the road where visitors could stop to take advantage of photo opportunities. What also caught our eye was some steps leading to a temple that was not completely visible from the street. Time for a pit stop. We wanted to walk, take some photos and explore the shrine. Hit the brakes!

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Date posted :
2020.10.29
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