There is fall and then there are a few key places around the world that boast of its lush fall foliage that do not disappoint. In this part of the world, it’s in Nikko, Japan.
In this week’s episode, I take you around the main sites of Nikko. I highly encourage you to watch the vlog as that’s where the meat of the story is but here’s a snippet from my photo diary.
With a foreigner like me who comes from the tropical island of the Philippines where it’s pretty much summer all year long with a season of rain, autumn is a big deal.
For starters, that this was my first time to experience fall foliage – all hail, the autumn virgin, lol!
What makes it even more special is that I got to experience it in one my most beloved countries in the world – Japan. I frequent Japan so much that it’s like a second home and occupies a large chunk of my vlogs!
Then to see all the fall leaves in their burnt shades of glory at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nikko is a what wanderlust-nature-lover dreams are made of.
Tourists both local and foreign flock to Nikko, especially during autumn, to see the largest, most ornate shrines and mausoleum in the country: the Nikko World Heritage Site.
Here lies the remains of the longest ruling shogun of Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was in power for an astounding 250 years.
Whenever I’m collating photos to use the blog or social media, I always surprise myself with how different I look!
Do you ever go through that? Then you instantaneously transport yourself back to that exact moment the photo was taken, right? It’s like you’re there all over again.
This is was definitely one of those days…
Perhaps it’s the look of disbelief I got to stay at Japan’s very first resort hotel, Kanaya Hotel (currently Nikko Kanaya Hotel) from 1873.
Impressively, many global figures like Helen Keller and British royalty have slept and walked down these very same hallways.
However most intriguingly, can you guess who stayed at the room three doors from mine?!
HINT: E = mc2
Nikko is as much about its temples as it is about the nature that surrounds it. In fact, if you observe all of Japan, whichever prefecture you choose to explore, nature will always take center stage.
Nikko offers multiple sights for you to enjoy both, day and night. So make sure not miss its night illuminations like at Shoyo-en Garden at Rinnoji Temple.
This doesn’t come close to how beautiful the autumn trees glisten at night in a beautiful, manicured, landscape garden.
As they say, some things are better seen in person or even maybe in my case, a better camera, lol! More reason to watch the episode as I share so much more there!
Details for each place all on the vlog. Watch it now and do remember to subscribe!
Enjoy Nikko and safe travels to you and your loved ones!
Love & light,
NOTE: THIS WRITTEN POST IS MERELY AN INTRODUCTION AS THE MAIN CONTENT IS IN THE VIDEO. I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO WATCH IT FOR THE FULL EXPERIENCE ON WHAT THE EPISODE IS TRULY ALL ABOUT.