Postcards From Nikko – Japan

It’s autumn and the trees in Japan are colored with a stunning rainbow of deeps reds, yellows and greens. If you’re ever in Japan during the fall then you must visit Nikko. This town is a popular day trip with locals and tourists alike. It’s known for its elaborately decorated shrines and temples, beautiful parks, hiking trails and waterfalls.

Nikko is a nature lovers dreamland.

To be honest, as I explored this town I felt like I was Alice in Wonderland. I’d fallen into the rabbit hole and stepped into another world that’s filled with breathtaking shrines, tall trees and verdant scenery that’s been splashed over with an explosion of colors. Everywhere I turned I was presented with a picture perfect postcard of serene beauty.

I won’t bother writing about it. I’m not that good a writer. So below are pictures from my visit to Nikko. My one regret is that my low end camera doesn’t do it justice. Still, these pictures give you a taste of what I saw.

Torri Gate Forrest-min
Torri gate at Futarasan Jinja 二荒山神社. I love that the shrines and nature organically framed one another.


Walking between the shrines was a wondrous experience filled with natural beauty.


Temple 3-3-min
One of 15 Buddhist temples in Rinnō-ji (輪王寺?)

Temple 2-5-min
Gorgeous structures in Nikkō Tōshō-gū


Prayer Circle-min
At the entrance of Futarasan Shrine, worshipers could post their wishes on this circular beam and pray that it comes true.


A building in Nikkō Tōshō-gū

Temple 3-2-min
A Gardner in the background tending to the temple grounds.


Temple 2-3-min
A lone building in the packed Nikkō Tōshō-gū grounds


The Bridge-min
Shinkyo Bridge is a sacred bridge that stands near the entrance of Nikko’s shrines