Sunday 25th November 2012
Woke up around 7 am incredibly tired from the craziness of the day before.
Manu wrote with Hitomi the itinerary down to go to Nikko which seemed very easy.
I felt quite anxious as it was my first expedition out in the unknown, as usual I took a peak of the view on the rooftop every time I go out.
The view kinda soothed me out before I got to the madness of the city.
I could hear the birds and the kids at 8.45 screaming out of excitement.
Made my way to Kami-Itabashi got my 160 Yen ticket to Ikebukuro station. As it was too early I nipped out to Macdonalds for filet-o-fish and enjoyed my view of city waking up.
Took my train from JR Line to Nikko and took beautiful pictures but all of sudden after my roll finished I opened the Canon AE-1 without winding the roll back in which means I exposed the rolls argh….Don’t know what the hell I was thinking…..Arrived at Nikko
I made my way to the Information centre in Nikko (bus stop) to enquire about my future trek to Mount Oku-Shirane but was told that it was already snowed in and that it was very dangerous to climb it at this time of the year. I was quite devastated that I had to cancel my trip to the mountain so I carried on walking to the road to the famous Nikko Bridge.
I just couldn’t understand why I couldn’t take any good pictures. Everything was so soft and not crisp. Not looking good at all I decided to give up and use my phone and point and shoot camera.
I managed to get to the bridge and passed the bridge we could see the famous Japanese leaves that are so red it was incredible, I carried on walking until I saw the first shrine.
A pathway with nothing but red leaves caught my eye so I stopped for a few minutes to get a few shots. Followed by a trip to the temple.
I then stopped at a beautiful Japanese garden to try and do some long exposures with ND Filters on. I was quite happy with the results but it started to get cold so I packed everything to leave.
Determined to leave I made my way back to the city but just before hitting the road I stopped by the giant card showing the beauty of a small secret Japanese garden so I enquired about the price and it was 500 Yen so paid the fees and made my way into the beautiful garden.
After enjoying this incredible view I headed back to town and I found a lovely Wood craft shop where they build everything (real artisans).
Then straight back to the station to go back to Tokyo
Part 2 on next Page (A day in Nikko (Akihabara Town)