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09/06/2009

Exploring Historic Sites in Nikko

Today, I walked around on Nikko. I walked mainly exploring historic sites.
First, I walked from Tobu Nikko Station, and next destination is Sacred Bridge -> Takinoo Shrine -> Sakeno-Izumi -> Jakko Falls -> Kanmangafuchi Abyss, and back to Tobu Nikko Station.
It's about 20km length, 5hr30min without an intermission. It was a kind of interesting walk, I walked on a free entrance fee of a shrine but I felt a historic image and beautiful nature. Next time, I'd like to explore to Toshogu Shrine or other shrines that I could not see this time.
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A blue line shows my walking route, a yellow one is a train route.
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Tobu Nikko ->
Sacred Bridge
Dscf2873s Dscf2872s Tobu Nikko Station, and Bus terminal in front of the station. I didn't use a bus. The distance from the station to Shinko bridge was not too long, I thought you should roam the street at least one way.



Dscf2882s After you walked about ten minutes, you will find a information center on your left side of the road. It is the house in this side of the gas station.





Dscf2883s_2 Dscf2884s You will find a free suitable map and information all about Nikko.




On this street, there are many old-established stores in where selling special local products born in Nikko. For example, that is a Nikko Yuba(=soybean curd skin), Youkan(=sweet jelly of beans), Manjyu(=bun with bean-jam filling) and Nikko-Bori Wood Carvings.

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I bought a Mizu-Yokan for souvenir at one of these shops. Mizu means water in Japanese. Mizu-yokan includes more moisture than other kinds of Yokan. The Mizu-Yokan is velvety and sweetness is mild. In the old days, Mizu-Yokan was made only in winter, but now, we could get fresh and delicious Mizu-Yokan at anytime of the year round, for reason of the development of refrigeration technology.

Shinkyo Sacred Bridge
Dscf2907s Shinkyo sacred bridge is one of the unique bridges in Japan. The beautiful red colored bridge across Daiya River is a symbol of the gateway to the temple and shrine area of Nikko City. If you want to cross the bridge, you must pay some money.



Shinkyo Sacred Bridge -> Takinoo Shrine and Shiraito Falls

Takinoo Shrine is a part of Futabasan Shrine. It contains many historic relics.

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Around the Takinoo Shrine

Takinoo Shrine (滝尾神社) -> Jakko Falls (寂光ノ滝)

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Futarasan Shrine (二荒山神社)
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Jakko Falls
(寂光ノ滝)
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Jakko Falls -> Dainichi Bridge -> Kanmangafuchi Abyss
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The stone statue of Jizo
(並び地蔵)

The stone statue of Jizo(a Buddha) is placed in a line along Kanmangafuchi on the river side of Daiya River. Tenkai's pupils had made these stone statues of the Buddha. About 100 stone statues were there at that time, and the parents of Jizo were placed on the head position of a line. In 1872, a deluge flushed out a lot of Jizo from the place, so 74 bodies remain now. Since old people said that a count of Jizo lost its number whenever it counted, it is called the Bake-Jizo(Spooky Jizo).
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Kanmangafuchi -> Shinkyo Sacred Bridge
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Course :
(start) Tobu Nikko Station (東武日光駅) 9:22am
-> Nikko Tourist Information Center 9:45am

-> Shinkyo Sacred Bridge (神橋) 10:02am
-> Hongu Shrine (本宮神社) 10:09am
-> Kaizando Shrine (開山堂) 10:32am

-> Kitano Shrine (北野神社) 10:36am
-> Shiraito Falls (白糸の滝) 10:54am
-> Takinoo Shrine (滝尾神社) 11:01am
-> Futarasan Shrine (二荒山神社) 11:37am
-> Jakko Falls (寂光ノ滝) 12:45pm
-> Dainichi Bridge (大日橋) 13:22pm
-> Kanmangafuchi Abyss (干満ガ淵) 13:31pm
-> Narabijizo (並び地蔵)

-> Shinkyo Sacred Bridge (神橋) 13:55pm
-> Tobu Nikko Station (東武日光駅) 14:42pm
(end)

Key Notes    
Location             Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture
Destination         
Shinkyo Sacred Bridge (神橋)
                         Kaizando Shrine (開山堂)
                         Takinoo Shrine (滝尾神社)
                         Futarasan Shrine (二荒山神社)
                         Jakko Falls (寂光ノ滝)
                         Kanmangafuchi Abyss (干満ガ淵)
                        
Narabijizo (並び地蔵)
Date walked         September 6(Sun.), 2009 (Cloudy)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type            Field walk
Difficulty             a little tough because of a long distance walk 
Distance             about 20km

Time taken          about 5hr30min
without an intermission
Railway stations   Tobu Nikko Station (Tobu Nikko Line)

Key Word
: Nikko, Shinkyo Sacred Bridge, Futarasan Shrine, Jakko Falls, Kanmangafuchi Abyss, Narabijizo, day walks, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 日光

Reference
If you have a interest to my walk plan. Please look at the next URL. It will show you the route. I uploaded the route plan to ALPSLAB route.
http://route.alpslab.jp/watch.rb?id=8373646c5592b0f4af8e0f7798135e06

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