It took us a good three hours or more to have a really good look at everything. I think Nikko will go down as some of my favourite Japanese shrines and I highly recommend taking some time to go to Nikko if you are visiting Tokyo.
Kegon Waterfalls and Hotel on Lake Chuzenji
I hadn’t done too much research….so it was a lovely surprise to find our hotel was nestled into a corner of Lake Chuzenji with lovely views to snow tipped mountains and mist hovering over the lake . Fishermen were up to their knees in the water, and hotels and chalet style accommodation hugged the lake edge.
Rowan, Tomoko, and Brian enjoyed an onsen in the hotel. We then went to the dining room for the set dinner. Rowan and Tomoko were in the hotel yukata and jackets provided.....which we hadn’t realised was the usual practice. It certainly makes dressing for dinner easy!
The meal was absolutely superb. Dish after dish came out beautifully and artistically presented. Small morsels of all kinds of fish, vegetables, salad, soup, pickles many of which we had never tasted before. Small pottery dishes are important for presentation of Japanese cuisine. But they also used leaves, flowers and tiny bamboo mats......each a work of art in its own right. We washed it down with some delicious chardonnay....not so traditional.
Breakfast was another taste sensation with fish, sausage, egg, soup, salad, cheese, rice of course with everything, and a choice of juice, tea or coffee.
Cruise on Lake Chuzenji
More Nikko Waterfalls
Eventually, it was onto the motorway and back into Tokyo.