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Location: Nikko

Day 1 - 1 Oct 2021

Santuario di Nikko

Nikko, Santuario di Nikko
Nikko, Santuario di Nikko
Nikko, Santuario di Nikko
Nikko, Santuario di Nikko

Content: The mausoleum of the first Shogun of Japan: Ieyasu Tokugawa. An amazing visit of an incredible temple rich in gold and decoration, immerse in the forest. The Yomeimon gate is probably the image that comes to mind if we think of the temples of Nikko, followed immediately after by the famous three monkeys “I do not see, I do not hear, I do not speak” which are carved on the sacred stables, part of the story of the virtue that every person should follow. 💰1.300yen

Grill&Steak 妙月坊

Nikko, Grill&Steak 妙月坊

Content: Delicious grilled steak with local speciality: yuba (tofu skin)

Taiyu-in Temple Hall

Nikko, Taiyu-in Temple Hall
Nikko, Taiyu-in Temple Hall

Content: Another amazing temple, the mausoleum of the third Shogun Iemitsu Tokugawa, who improve the Thosogu. Unlike Ieyasu’s tomb, Iemitsu’s burial site is not open to the public, but is located behind the Chinese-inspired Kokamon portal. Personally, I prefer this!! 💰550yen

Shinkyo Bridge

Nikko, Shinkyo Bridge

Content: The symbol of Nikko, impossible to miss 😉 According to legend, a snake turned into a bridge when Shodo Shonin arrived here, to allow him to cross the bridge.

Hotel Natural Garden Nikko

Nikko, Hotel Natural Garden Nikko
Nikko, Hotel Natural Garden Nikko

Content: This hotel is in a quiet position, whit bus stop just in front. Small natural Onsen and good food, in summer season is possible to dine on the terrace.

Location: Nikko

Day 2 - 2 Oct 2021

Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park

Nikko, Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park
Nikko, Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park
Nikko, Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park

Content: Let’s start the day with the visit of the former summer house of the Emperor, with the particular circle window. Just few minutes walking from the hotel 💰550 yen

Kanmangafuchi Abyss

Nikko, Kanmangafuchi Abyss
Nikko, Kanmangafuchi Abyss

Content: A spiritual place, with the Jizo statue along the Daiwa River…one of my fav spot in Nikko! A natural gorge along the Daiya River, a consequence of the volcanic eruption of Mount Nantai 7000 years ago, the Jizo statues, protectors of travelers and children who were never born or died prematurely, are part of the Jiunji Hondo Temple. A flood of the river destroyed part of the temple and some statues and it seems that if you try to count the Jizo, you always get a different number, this because of the “Bake Jizo” or ghost Jizo. I have not tried to count them, would you have the courage?

Lago Chūzenji

Nikko, Lago Chūzenji
Nikko, Lago Chūzenji

Content: Let’s head to the Chuzenji Lake, at the bottom of the sacred Mount Nantai that protect Nikko. Here also the Kegon Waterfall, one of the 3 most famous of Japan

Sakaeya ​​Fried Yubamanju - Tobu Nikko Station

Nikko, Sakaeya ​​Fried Yubamanju - Tobu Nikko Station
Nikko, Sakaeya ​​Fried Yubamanju - Tobu Nikko Station

Content: Delicious Yubamanju! The old lady who makes is so kind and these sweets are crazily good!! Plus, free green tea available

Location: Yunishigawa Onsen

Day 2 - 2 Oct 2021

Irodoriyukashiki Hana to Hana

Yunishigawa Onsen, Irodoriyukashiki Hana to Hana
Yunishigawa Onsen, Irodoriyukashiki Hana to Hana
Yunishigawa Onsen, Irodoriyukashiki Hana to Hana

Content: A train ride bring us in a remote village in the mountains of Nikko. The train stop in a tunnel and when you exit, you immediately see the power of the nature here. Am amazing ryokan experience, with rock Onsen outside with nature view and delicious irori dinner…a dream!

Location: Yunishigawa Onsen

Day 3 - 3 Oct 2021

Heike no Sato

Yunishigawa Onsen, Heike no Sato
Yunishigawa Onsen, Heike no Sato
Yunishigawa Onsen, Heike no Sato

Content: Open-air museum of a Heike village. The clan Heike come to this remote area to hide, after being defeat during Genpei War, won by Minamoto Clan. Paying a visit in the morning before go back to the station and take the train to the next destination.

Location: Ouchijuku

Day 3 - 3 Oct 2021

Yamagataya

Ouchijuku , Yamagataya
Ouchijuku , Yamagataya

Content: Once arrived in Ouchijuku, let’s put something in the belly! The typical local dishes of Ouchijuku is negi soba: soba to eat with green onion instead of chopstick, very fun!

Location: Ouchijuku

Day 3 - 3 Oct 2021

Ōuchi-juku

Ouchijuku, Ōuchi-juku
Ouchijuku, Ōuchi-juku
Ouchijuku, Ōuchi-juku

Content: Ouchijuku is a well preserved post town on the ancient road Nishi-kaido. All the thatched roof houses are aligned on the main road. Reach the viewpoint for a great photo of Ouchijuku 😉

Minshuku Iseya

Ouchijuku, Minshuku Iseya
Ouchijuku, Minshuku Iseya
Ouchijuku, Minshuku Iseya

Content: We decided to overnight in a traditional house here, to feel the magic of this ancient village when all the tourist go away…it was amazing: delicious hand-made local food and fresh air of the countryside!

Location: Aizuwakamatsu

Day 4 - 4 Oct 2021

Castello di Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu, Castello di Aizuwakamatsu

Content: Let’s start the day moving to Aizu Wakamatsu, where in 1868 took place the Battle of Aizu, during Boshin War. Pay a visit at the reconstruction of the castle with the museum about city history inside.

Takino

Aizuwakamatsu, Takino

Content: Takino Restaurant is the birthplace of Wappameshi: meal served in bamboo box. Delicious and super cute!

Higashiyama Onsen Tourism Association

Aizuwakamatsu, Higashiyama Onsen Tourism Association
Aizuwakamatsu, Higashiyama Onsen Tourism Association
Aizuwakamatsu, Higashiyama Onsen Tourism Association

Content: With the loop bus, we arrive at this Onsen area a bit old-style. The area is nice for photos, but not so much sightseeing

Onyado Toho

Aizuwakamatsu, Onyado Toho
Aizuwakamatsu, Onyado Toho
Aizuwakamatsu, Onyado Toho

Content: Amazing hotel with room with a great view over Aizu Wakamatsu, Viking buffet and an incredible terrace-onsen!

Location: Aizuwakamatsu

Day 5 - 5 Oct 2021

Iimori Hill

Aizuwakamatsu, Iimori Hill
Aizuwakamatsu, Iimori Hill

Content: This is the place where the young samurai of Byakkotai committed ritual suicide during the battle of Aizu Wakamatsu, in Boshin War. The 19 young boys, seeing smoke and flames rising from Aizu Castle, made seppuku as a sign of loyalty and not to fall into the hands of the enemy, make us reflect on the fundamental values ​​of the Bushido spirit

Sazaedo Temple

Aizuwakamatsu, Sazaedo Temple
Aizuwakamatsu, Sazaedo Temple
Aizuwakamatsu, Sazaedo Temple

Content: Incredible Woden pagoda with amazing interior with pray tag amazing for photos! For Pagoda is entirely made of wood, and have a unique internal structure with double helix, so whoever climbs the internal ramp climbing the three floors, never meets who it’s going down. Inside the pagoda there are 33 statues of Kannon depicted and the ascent and descent of this pagoda represent the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage of the 33 Buddhist temples.

渋川問屋

Aizuwakamatsu, 渋川問屋
Aizuwakamatsu, 渋川問屋

Content: In this historical ryokan many authors like Yukiyo Mishima stop by. It’s possible to have a traditional lunch in the restaurant and visit the beautiful interior.

Nisshinkan Admission ticket service

Aizuwakamatsu, Nisshinkan Admission ticket service
Aizuwakamatsu, Nisshinkan Admission ticket service
Aizuwakamatsu, Nisshinkan Admission ticket service

Content: The most important Samurai school, where also the Byakkotai studied. It’s also possibile try archery. Watch out of the bus timetable, only few bus a day!

Location: Sendai

Day 5 - 5 Oct 2021

Dormy Inn Sendai ANNEX

Sendai, Dormy Inn Sendai ANNEX

Content: Let’s take a local train to Moriyama, passing among beautiful landscape of Mount Bandai, before ride the Shinkansen, the bullet train, to reach Sendai. Dormy Inn Sendai Annex is a nice and convenient hotel, near the station and with nice common bath.

Location: Yamadera

Day 6 - 6 Oct 2021

Yamadera

Yamadera, Yamadera
Yamadera, Yamadera

Content: Start the day climbing the thousand steps to Yamadera, a temple on the mountain with an amazing view 💪🏻

Location: Matsushima

Day 6 - 6 Oct 2021

Zuiganji Temple

Matsushima, Zuiganji Temple
Matsushima, Zuiganji Temple

Content: Back in Sendai, change train and head up to Matsushima, visiting some beautiful Temples in the area…

Matsushima

Matsushima, Matsushima
Matsushima, Matsushima
Matsushima, Matsushima

Content: Matsushima bay is one of the three great view of Japan. Some island are connected to the land by bridge, others can be enjoyed taking a cruise in the bay. The landscape is stunning!

Location: Sendai

Day 7 - 7 Oct 2021

Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle Ruins)

Sendai, Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle Ruins)
Sendai, Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle Ruins)

Content: Sendai is the city of the famous samurai landlord Date Masamune. To learn more about him, a visit to the ruins of Aoba Castle is mandatory, his statue protect the precinct and the whole area!

Date no Gyutan Honpo Main Store

Sendai, Date no Gyutan Honpo Main Store

Content: The typical dish of Sendai is gyutan, beef tounge! So let’s taste it in this great restaurant, several location in town

Zuihōden Temple

Sendai, Zuihōden Temple

Content: The mausoleum of Date Masamune, rich in decoration and surrounded by greenery is the last stop of our trip on Samurai Path. It’s time to come back home! If you are history lovers or simply want to enjoy the real Japan, made of great nature and Samurai, this trip is highly recommended! Explore the northern Japan, you’ll find so many amazing places here! Enjoy your trip!!