This week we are thrilled that our recent travels through Nikko, Japan will be broadcast on Better Homes and Gardens TV Show starting this Friday 13th July.
There is a saying in Japan, from old-timers mostly, “Never say kekko (I’ve had enough) … until you’ve seen Nikko.”
In Nikko there’s something for everyone – dramatic landscapes, craggy mountains, tumbling icy streams, pilgrim worthy shrines, ancient cedar trees, a story of a Shogun who unified Japan, a perfectly proportioned Buddhist temple garden and Japan’s first Western resort hotel, where we have chosen to stay for forty years – the Kanaya Hotel.
Nikko, is the mountain heart of Japan and a must-see destination that drew more than 6 million visitors last year and over 1000 Ross Garden Tour travellers over the years.
Located at the foot of Mount Nyoho in western Tochigi, Nikko has been a centre for religious activity since the eighth century and boasts some of Japan’s most famous Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines — so famous, that in 1999 UNESCO designated them collectively as a World Heritage site.
Many visitors make their first stop the Toshogu Shrine, the site of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s enshrinement. Among the many attractions of the complex is the Yomeimon Gate, where more than 400 wood carvings take on varying hues depending on light conditions. Japan’s top craftsmen worked for more than 12 years, finally completing the structure in 1636 — to the tune of an estimated 200 billion yen in current terms. Photo – Linda Ross
Friday’s television piece features Nikko – a place that has become very dear to our hearts and the hearts of everyone who has visited Japan with us over the last forty years. Nikko is included in all our Japan itineraries – Spring Cherry Blossom, Spring Flower Festivals and Japan in Autumn.
We hope you enjoy the travelogue from one of our favourite places on earth, Nikko, Japan.
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