An apprentice near a temple will recite the scriptures untaught
For a spiritual reset after the commotion of Tokyo, and a wondrous glimpse into the ancient culture of Japan, we took an excursion for two nights to the 1200 year old idyllic Japanese mountain town of Nikko. Nikko is the perfect day or overnight trip from Tokyo, just about a two hour train ride out of the city. We stayed in a traditional Ryokan hot springs hotel and enjoyed wandering the streets shopping for handcrafted treasures. We stopped in for ramen and sake on our way to Shinkyo Bridge.
It was New Years Day, and such a beautiful way to start the year. We spent the afternoon in a meditative wander through centuries old shrines surrounded by a peaceful forest of thousands of cedar trees. Nikko Tosho-gu, Yomeimon Shinto Shrine, and Toshogu Gojunoto are all in close proximity to one another.