Farmland, taken from the train.
Rice fields after the harvest. They are likely burning chaff in the background.
The inside of a local train that took us the last few stops. You only see this kind of train in the countryside. In the city, they leave much more room for standing.
The closer we got to Nikko, the denser the fog became.
This was taken from the bus that took us from the town of Nikko to the mountains. It took 75 minutes.
Another picture taken from the bus.
There were lots of curves on the way up the mountain.
The mountain road is a one way road. You can see the other direction in the distance, with some of the switchbacks on the right.
We arrived a 5pm and dinner was at 6, so we spent a few minutes exploring the grounds before dinner.
Another snow sculpture.
The next morning we rented snowshoes and took off exploring.
The area close to the hotel had lots of snowmen and snow sculptures.
The trees were bare, but occasionally you could see some remnants.
It was unusually warm - about 10 C, and snow was melting and dripping everywhere.
We saw lots of signs of deer - their spore, footprints, and lots of tree damage.
One of the roads the trail crossed.
For much of the time we followed a set of tracks ( the ones on the left). The tracks on the right are Seishi's.
Part of the time we shared a trail with cross country skiers.
We had lunch at this picnic spot, on the only table that was cleared.
Lake Chuzenji, taken from the bus on the way home.
We started out on a 2 car train. At this station they added 4 more cars.
The Nikko mountains, taken from the train on the way home.