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Nikko

The ornate Chinese-influenced shrines of the Tokugawa Shoguns lie hidden in amongst temples in the forests of Nikko north of Tokyo. If you set off early you have time to take the switchback road up to Chuzenji Lake plateau, an area of outstanding natural beauty with three impressive waterfalls and also a couple of very good Japanese-style ryokan if you would like to unwind and stay for the night.

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To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.
Bill Bryson