Last October, Mrs. S. and I went on a tour to Nikko to see the fall foliage. Our first stop was Ryuzu Falls, which means "dragon head." The falls are thought to resemble a dragon head, however I couldn't see it. Do you?
Beautiful Japanese Red Maple
Halloween decorations in one of the stores!
Our next stop was Kegon Falls ... it did not disappoint with all the beautiful fall colors!
And then we were off to visit the shrines ... Nikko is home to several shrines but its most famous is the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. It's home to the three famous monkeys ... "hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil."
A five tiered pagoda near the entrance
The barn with the famous monkeys!
A close-up of the monkeys
Getting my fortune!
I think mine was future good luck ... but, of course, now I can't remember for sure :)
The shrine was huge and had many buildings
Leaving the Nikko Toshogu
Beautiful path lined with Japanese lanterns
On to the next shrine!
We weren't sure what this was for ... but we participated anyways!
Loved this one!
I think we went to three shrines that afternoon, however Nikko Toshogu was definitely the highlight for me. And the beautiful fall foliage! I hope to go to visit some more famous fall foliage spots this fall!