I was too tired to write an entry yesterday, so I’ll just sum things up here. Yesterday we went to Nikko, home of the Rinnoji Temple, the Toshogu Shrine and the Futarasan Shrine. We decided to visit it to see the tomb of Ieyasu Tokugawa. We took the Tobu Railways SPACIA train to Nikko then used a special pass I had bought beforehand online (the World Heritage Pass) to see the places. Nice nature and architecture, and I saw three large statues of Buddha (three BIG BUDDHA, right NRK?) in the Rinnoji temple. The Toshogu shrine was also magnificient, although the famous _Nemuri-neko _(sleeping cat) was extremely small, almost unnoticeable. Rain caught us in the afternoon so we went back to Tokyo.
Today instead we transferred by Shinkansen to Kyoto (very fast trip) and settled in the new hotel here (definitely larger, although I have to access the net from a lobby). Tomorrow we’ll go for some sightseeing in the morning and shopping in the afternoon (Gamers and Melon Books have branches here, near the hotel even).
New photos have been put up in the gallery.
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