The Shoyoen Garden

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Although Nikko is clearly a tourist destination, it was much harder to figure out what to do and where to go than our experiences in Hokkaido. We got off the bus at the first temple stop and just followed everyone walking through a carpark to find the Rinnioji Temple, Nikko’s most important temple, was shrouded in construction materials. It would seem that you could still go inside, but that was not obvious at the time and we were too heat-bothered to go back later. 

So, we visited the temple’s treasure house (a no-photo museum) and the 400-year old Shoyoen Garden. Japanese gardens are designed in such a way that everywhere you look is visually pleasing. We bought some fish food and watched the huge carp fight for the food. Who would have thought fish could be so aggressive?

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