Japanese toilets….they are something of a mystery for many when they first encounter them. Traditional Japanese toilets are still the footprint type where you stand over the flat porcelain bowl. You will still find these types of toilets in the toilet blocks of some of the old buildings. But always look further, as often they will also have at least one or two European style toilets for those who prefer them.
We set off early for Nikko. Only a 2 hour drive, we went directly to the carpark for the Shrines. Our first port of call took us through Shoyuen Gardens opposite Rinnoji Temple. Shoyuen is a small traditional garden in typical Japanese style, with trees sprouting new green leaves under carpeted with hostas, azaleas, ferns, irises and other low growing plants. The conifers were as usual trimmed into neat topiary shapes.
As Rinnoji Temple is undergoing renovations we had a very quick look then walked on through the Tori gate of the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We wandered through beautiful forest up the "Sei-chu."….. the long pathway lined with stonewalls sprouting delicate ferns, leading to the Togoshu Shrine. It is apparently etiquette to walk to the side not the middle of the Sei-chu.
We, Gail and Brian, have permanently itchy feet .
Our list of travel aspirations never seems to get shorter, despite visiting many fascinating countries over many years. While we have both visited about 100 countries each - not all the same, we look forward to enjoying many more, as we satisfy our "Yen for Travel".