Japan was a lot of fun for a couple of weeks in 2015.

It was my first visit so I planned to have a good look around using the Japan Rail Pass for a week.

Stayed in Tokyo for several days then caught a train out to Nikko where I saw the autumn (fall) leaves, ALL the walking trails, the gorge and the multiple (uncountable) statuettes along the path, temples, hot springs in the surrounding hills, a walk through bear and snake-infested (!) woodland, waterfalls, important bridges and the lake.  Headed west to Nagoya and then up into the hills of Yudanaka to see the “snow monkeys”. Caught a train or two down the west coast and on to Hiroshima for a few days.

Came north again via Miyajima and Himeji Castle to Kyoto.  Spent several days in Kyoto going to the market, the Jidai mitsuri Festival, the Kurama Fire Festival and many temples, shrines and walking trails around town.

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