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Mike's Japan


Sumo enthusiasts should visit Ryogoko, which is where the wrestlers live. Go just
after breakfast when they are walking to their training sessions in full regalia. You'll
make the day of some young guy if you photograph him and ask for his autograph.
For books, private art galleries, and shops selling old prints and manuscripts go to
leafy Kanda.
6 Daytrip to Nikko
Nikko is up in the mountains to the north of Tokyo and is famous for its temples
and gardens. The royal family had a country retreat there and it is open to
visitors.
Use the train to get there. The station is in the high street and an easy stroll takes
you to the main attractions, past numerous tourist shops and restaurants. I advise you
not to take a car unless you go in midwinter. Finding a place to park can be a
nightmare.
The natural scenery is magnificent. A huge, ornamental lake flows into a gorge
down a waterfall that freezes in winter. Dress warmly if you go at that time of year.
We visited Nikko in winter, having left a North Queensland summer, and spent most of
our time huddled beside a fire in a restaurant.
The mountains around the lake are covered in majestic trees. These tower above
huge boulders and are an important feature of the temple gardens.
Don't forget your camera. You could spend an entire day taking photographs. The
temples, royal holiday palace, lake, waterfall, sacred bridge and other attractions
deserve your attention.
 
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