While living in Tokyo I heard from many people that I couldn’t visit Nikko and not explore the mountain area around Nikko.
The bus traveled up the winding road of Route 120 further into the mist covered mountains and I got peaks at waterfalls and rivers down below. It is not a ride I would recommend to anybody who gets car sick easily as the bus is constantly swerving as it makes its way up the winding narrow road. I definitely understood then why this was called the winding road of 100 turns.
The surrounding forests were shrouded in mist wich definitely gave the place an Eerie feel.
A photo doesn’t have to be blatantly macabre to be eerie. But it can have a mysterious, otherworldly vibe — the viewer wonders what lurks in the shadows. Something eerie has a story to tell — one you aren’t quite sure you want to know.….
The mist was so thick that at times I couldnt see more that a meter in front of me. This thick shroud of mist over Lake Chuzenji crested an eerie atmosphere. Seeing as eerie means mysterious, strange, or unexpected as to send a chill up the spine it is perfect to describe the day.
A short walk up the mist covered road of Lake Chuzenji I reached Kegon Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Japan. It was covered in mist and looked like something out of a fairy tale. The lift goes 100m down into the gorge with the temperatures dropping all the way down.
It feels quite strange travelling that far down and then having to emerge out of the mountain and still be above the river. Here at the bottom of the gorge was viewing platform and I got to see the waterfall from below.
From below the mist covered gorge you would be excused if you thought you were cut off from civilization and in a world of mystery. The place was quite deserted due to the thick mist which just added to the eerie feeling of being separated from reality.
The bus took the winding roads even higher up into the mountain, crossing over the Yukawa River and passing the Yudaki Falls. Here I got off the bus to relax with a hot coffee next to the waterfall.
Further north we stopped at Lake Yunoko an area filled with “onsen” hot springs.
There were some hot springs along the path that were free like this one where you can come and rest your tired feet after exploring the surrounding countryside!
I got a Nikko and area tourist brochure beforehand because they had some discount vouchers for most of the onsens in the area attached to the brochure. After walking around the lake area I spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in an Onsen with a book before heading back to Nikko. It was fabulous, the place was so deserted that I was all alone in the hot spring!