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In the 8th century, the Buddhist priest Shōdō Shōnin founded the first temple at Nikko, the temple of Rinnō-ji, on his way to Mount Nantai. The village became a renowned Buddhist-Shinto religious centre, leading the renowned warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu to choose it as the site for his mausoleum.

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  • Japan - 1st week Intinerary
    I'm planning a 3 week holiday in Japan. I've drawn up the 1st week intinerary. Am I too ambitious or crazy? Comments, freedback, criticism are welcome Feb 8: Arrive Japan, sleep Tokyo Feb 9: Kamazawa Feb 10: Takayama Feb 11: Atami (Visit friend and stay at their home) Feb 12: Nikko Feb 13: Tokyo ...

  • 6 days in Tokyo - too much or just enough?
    6 days in Tokyo will feel pretty good. It's a great city with plenty to see. There are day trips you can do to see other parts of the country - maybe Nikko ? That said, Kyoto for me was the highlight of Japan, so if you do decide to spend a few days there, I doubt you'll regret it. It will just ...

    We didn't go to Mt Fuji when we were there, but I'm sure it would be good. Instead we spent a couple of nights in Nikko . You can do that quite easily as a day trip as well. The temples there are absolutely stunning and you feel like you're in the middle of nature which is quite a change from Tokyo ...

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