Saturday, 30 June 2007


The Nikko cedars are said to be over a thousand years old, in fact since the late seventh century. This area is a World Heritage Site. A few degrees cooler than Tokyo, elevated and much more quiet and still, the heritage area captures a completely removed ambience. Nikkō (日光市; "sunlight") is a city nestled in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture in Japan. Located about 125km north of Tokyo. Nikko is most famous for the mausoleums of the Tokugawa shoguns, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Nikko has been a sacred place since the 8th century, when a Buddhist hermitage was established here. Today, several shrines and temples are clustered in Nikko amid a magnificent forest of over 13,000 cedar trees. here we saw snake no.3, impertinently sitting on the Toshogu steps as people were walking past oblivious.