Hunt for Falls: Snowy Edition

December 31, 2017

To close my Nikko trip, I went up north to just walk around. While looking at the map, I saw that there’s Yudaki falls and Ryuzu falls near each other, so I decided to stop at Yudaki and walk to Ryuzu.

Yudaki was pretty impressive. The falls was really, really high.
To walk to Ryuzu falls, I have to enter this. It says there are dangers in the path. Honestly, this scared me a little bit!
But onward I must go!
The path was really pretty – snow DOES make things look magical.
Let’s walk some more….
Walk a bit more… (oh, people are actually in some picnic spots!)
Keep on walking!
After around an hour, I’m almost out of the mountain area so the snow thins.
A little bit more and bye bye snow. 😦
The swampland (?)
I’m quite sure that this is not Ryuzu falls. But I’ve been walking all over the place for two hours, and it’s COLD (-2c)! I’m a Filipina who has never even touched snow. So I’m happy with this. 😉
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Nippon is Nikko!

December 29-31, 2016

The slogan all over the place – Nippon is Nikko, was a nice reminder that I’m still in Japan ;). Four month ish late, wrapping up the entire experience, here’s a rundown of my Nikko trip!
Before going there

  1. Accommodations. Book them online if you can. I stayed at Nikko Park Lodge at JPY3,000 a night (dormitory). You have two options – the one in front of the station and another in the mountains. I suggest going up the mountains if you want to chill and meet people, go to the one in front of the station if you only want a transit place.
  2. Transport. Book the All Nikko pass unless you’re not planning on going anywhere. The city pass is not that useful, as the entire city can actually be walked (if you like walking). I bought the three day pass, and it was worth it. Just the fare from the train station to the lake was more than JPY1,000 one way. Oh, and you can buy it right at the Tobu station in Asakusa.
  3. Plan? Not necessarily. You can do the rest of your itinerary on the way from Asakusa to Tobu Nikko. The two hour trip is more than good enough, and the map they provide when you buy the ticket has all the information you’ll need.
  4. Clothing. Check the weather. It can get really cold.

 

At Nikko

  1. Walk. The central part is relatively small. Just go exploring.
  2. Go north. You can explore Yuzuri falls, Kegon falls, and other Chuzenji near attractions in a day.
  3. Enjoy!

 

My Itinerary

Day 1.

I arrived late(around 3pm), so I simply went to Nikko Lodge and walked around. Well.

the cozy place plus the company of the other travelers was more than good enough for me.

Day 2.

Just went exploring on foot. I mainly explored the city, go lost again and again.

Day 3.

North! Boy was it cold! I walked from Yuzuri falls down to the entirety of the swampland, then took the bus to Kegon falls, then went home. 🙂

Ashikaga Winter Illumination

February 4, 2017

It’s like LED Lights fairy puked all over the place. There’s a lot of lights and there’s far, FAR too much lights. Ashikaga Flower Park is on the way too much spectrum.

I had so much hope! The place was so pretty during the day. Quick suggestions to management:

  • Tone it down. I know, I know, you have a couple of million LED. But as what was taught in my strategy class, sometimes it’s about the things NOT to do.
  • Segregate. I liked the concept in Yomiuri Land – there’s a theme in each location, and enough distance between the two locations. In Ashikaga, I can’t even take a picture of one theme without the other theme in the background.
  • Go for impact. Go for big shows, not minor ones that plays every 5 minutes. Let’s say on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most spectacular, I’d rather see three 8’s than twenty 2’s.

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