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Day twelve and a little from thirteen, final day of exploration, final part: Shinkyo Bridge, no filters!

o. while we did not get to see all the glory Nikko had to offer, we were able to end our visit with the Shinkyo Bridge, which represents a "sacred bridge" that leads you to all the beautiful trees, shrines and temples.

o. despite the before being closed by the time we got there, I'm glad we started our Nikko travel from the other side with the Ryuzu Falls first since that allowed tourist free photos of the bridge.

o. photo no.5 was of a tree in someone's backyard!

o. we ended the night with a 7 course all-you-can-eat wagyu in Tokyo

o. our last day in Japan was day thirteen... not much to do with the heavy rain that followed after eating good ramen at Ichiran except to slowly make our way to Narita airport to wait for it late afternoon flight.

o. while waiting for said flight, we got another helping of ramen at Ippudo at Narita airport.

great return trip to Japan that only leaves me thirsty to return to this beautiful country!
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Day twelve, final day of exploration, part four: while there was still daylight, they had already begun the process of closing up (early closures from November to March) so we ended up missing Toshogu Shrine, Rinnoji Temple, and the Shoyoen Garden... but that's alright, I'll be back!
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Day twelve, final day of exploration, part three: Futarasan Shrine

1. can you spot the sword?

2. beautiful fall colored leaves that pop out of nowhere

3. wooden heart plaques supposedly for good luck in your relationship... didn't know at the time, but hopefully I won't need one! ๐Ÿคž

4. games of luck that seemed to be quite popular with the younger crowd

5. cedar trunk, which was also very popular with the younger crowd

6. not exactly sure what this was, but I believe it was for fortunes "like a fortune cookie" that you get and then tie to this

7. re-growth!
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Day twelve, final day of exploration, part two: Kegon Falls to local fish delicacies and then finally to the beginning of the Iemitsu Mausoleum (Taiyuinbyo Temple)

Oo. shame I didn't try the local fish. I've been told they're quite delicious

Oo. the walk towards the mausoleum was probably the most beautifullest thing I'd seen in a while... more in the next post!
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Day twelve, final day of exploration, part one: after more than a week's worth of travel, exploration, and delicious foods, it was the last place on the itinerary that was the most sweet.

oO Ryuzu falls

oO Lake Chuzenji - the low clouds were perfect giving us just enough light without the glare or harshness of the sun
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Day eleven: relaxing in Tokyo

Oo. took a stop to Nogizaka to pay homage to Nogizaka46

Oo. completed my 5k run for #nyrrvirtualracing around The Akasaka Imperial property. was hoping to capture some fall foliage in this area, unfortunately it was still early in the season. ran with all my clothes and to cell phones because none of the coin lockers were available ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Oo. brief stop by Meiji Jingu Gaien

Oo. returned back to Asakusa to do a little ้‡‘้ญšใ™ใใ„ (goldfish scooping), witness an upcoming festival preview, and finally try out a melonpan!!
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Day ten: day of rest with a scenic train ride from Wakayama prefecture back to Tokyo

Oo. view from a window of the country side in Japan
Oo. bento box lunch (pork tonkatsu)
"you don't heat it ๐Ÿ˜‚, it's made to taste good even when it's cold ๐Ÿ˜‚" -Shiho
Oo. Tokyo Station
Oo. dinner at Kushikatsurarata with Ruriko!
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Day eight, final: exploring the areas around Nachi Falls
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- Hirou Shrine
- Pagoda of Seigantoji and Nachi no Taki waterfall
- first earthquake experience where we actually felt EVERYTHING move!
- yet that didn't stop us from walking to the shore to see the beautiful sunset
- kotatsu at Maruhouse
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Day eight, part one: early morning start leaving Kobe to Wakayama prefecture for a hike in Daimonzaka Slope and Nachi Falls

# skyline in Kobe was beautiful in the morning, almost wanted to just stay and watch the sunrise

# after dropping off luggage at our nearby stay #maruhouse we went back to the station for energy... fresh tuna and... kujira (whale)! # easiest way to Nachi Falls was by bus, but then we would have missed the Daimonzaka Slope that have a nice healthy hike and a gorgeous view

# Daimonzaka Slope an impressive cobblestone staircase that was lined with huge Japanese cedar and camphor trees
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Day seven, final: after a beautiful day of exploring, stopped by Kyoto station for a late ramen lunch and some more exploring of Kyoto station's interesting architecture before bidding farewell to possibly my favorite prefecture. made it to Kobe just in time for a beautiful sunset from the hotel... then it rained so had to scrap plans of my first run in Japan
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Day seven, part two: Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (check the previous post for the late description for that post of you missed it)

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- Japanese omotenashi - staff were very welcoming, warm, and helpful (big thanks to them @kyoto_nippon_festival_official in suggesting I go explore the rest of Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine)
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Day seven, part one: last day in Kyoto at the Kyoto Nippon Festival

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- decided to sleep in and skip Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and head to the Kyoto Nippon Festival, which ultimately was a great decision
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- spent a good part of the day there, mainly for the Nogizaka46 exhibits and the completion of quests to fill their stamp book for treasure
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- ended up witnessing a small taste of nature's beauty that Japan had to offer
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- also ended up experiencing first hand Japanese omotenashi
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