Monday, November 23, 2009


(PICTURE: Temples located in the forests at Nikko.)

A couple of weekends ago I wanted to get out of Koryama and see a little more of Japan. I emailed Masumi (1/2 of my new Japanese best friends) and asked her how to get to Nikko. Masumi emailed me back that she and Kensuke (the other 1/2 of my new Japanese best friends) wanted to go to Nikko too and would drive. Can you say road trip!

Nikko is one of the most famous tourist sites in Japan. It is a bunch of temples and shrines scattered among beautiful forrests. One of the most recognizable images in the world is located in Nikko -- the "Hear No Evil, See No Evil" monkeys.

Tons of Japanese tourists visit Nikko on the weekend, including this adorable little girl wearing a kimono.

Everywhere around Nikko you will see three-leaf clover symbols. The symbol is for the Tokugawa Dynasty that ruled Japan for over 250 years.