Photo Journal: A Quiet Day in Nikko, Japan

You ever have one of those mornings where the last thing you remember is shouting shots shots shots shots shots shots! and then waking up on the floor next to the bed with a pan by one hand and cats licking your face on the other? Ahem, yea me either.


BUT if I were ever to be in that state, I’d refuse to move and order greasy, but delicious, Chinese take out for the next day two days.


Luckily, despite feeling a bit delicate after stopping by several watering holes in Ginza, Shinjuku and Roppongi, we were still up for our day-trip adventure to Nikko.


Just 1.5 hours away from Tokyo, Nikko (日光市 or sunshine) was the perfect little oasis to rejuvenate from one too many nights out in the glittering capital.


Deep in the mountains, the city is home to a number of Buddhist shrines and temples dating back to the 700’s and the breathtaking resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of Japan’s last feudal shogunate.


The peaceful trickle of fresh water from the mountains, the soft rustling of leaves across the untouched forest and the crisp morning air that warmly kissed our cheeks was just what we needed to clear out the haze and bring peace back into our lives again.



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  • Simon Ostrovsky

    Awesome shots! I’ve travelled to Japan with
    and on the food tour met my wife – Mikky) She is japanese :D and now we are married about two years) yup, an amazing love story. That food tour was a milestone in my life.

    4 February 2016 at 5:38 PM
  • Gene

    Amazing shots!

    9 December 2015 at 8:32 PM
  • Your photos are breathtaking! You have inspired an intense desire in me to visit Nikko. It looks like no other place I have been. I can’t wait to see your next photos.

    6 May 2015 at 10:14 PM
  • Firstly, these photos are so amazing! You have a gift for sure. The contrast is so intense. And I just love that Nikko ended up being the perfect respite for your adventures in Tokyo. You posts certainly bring out my wanderlust.

    5 May 2015 at 2:58 AM
  • Absolutely love these photos of Nikko. It reminds me of places in Nepal and their Buddhist shrines and temples when I traveled India and Tibet. I have now Nikko on the list of places to visit. Thanks so much for sharing, put in another world.

    4 May 2015 at 12:11 PM
  • I have heard of Nikko before and always felt it would be a wonderful place to visit. Now after viewing your photographs I know that I have to get there someday. Thank you so much for sharing your journeys with us.

    3 May 2015 at 12:19 PM