This morning, at breakfast, we saw the remaining few of our traveling friends. We had a great western goodbye meal last night (almost like they were helping us transition), and bid a grateful farewell to the Samurai 22 Japan Tour of 2018. As usual, our companions added immensely to our enjoyment and learning, and we all gave the local tour guides, and Mike Roberts, the owner of Samurai Tours a big round of applause for another job well done.
Nikko, where the Tosho-gu Shrine is located. This is a little like saying that on the way to Cairo airport, we stopped off at the Great Pyramids. Or on the way to Sydney, we visited the Great Barrier Reef.
kami to save sentient beings.
There are many temples and shrines at Nikko, but the first (Renno-ji) was built in 766 by a Buddhist monk (Shodo Shonin), to further the Tendai Buddhist Sect. This place served as an ascetic training retreat for centuries for visiting monks, during which most of the civilizations in the Americas rose and fell. And the detail on the woodcarvings truly defines awe-inspiring.
To see all of the photos taken today, click on Saturday, Apr 21st, Tokyo, Japan.