This may have been my very favorite place in Nikko. The kanmangafuchi abyss trail. It runs along a river and is full of these awesome statues. They are said to be 'ghost statues'. You are supposed to count them as you hike up the abyss- and then again as you hike back. The number will not be the same because the ghost statues move and disappear!
We hiked early in the morning and had the trail to ourselves with the exception of one local photographer. She was so kind to us and chatted to us in her best English about the area! I was so excited to take pictures here. It's a spot I've been dying to see.
some of the statues are just piles of rocks and rubble! but the people here still adorn them with aprons and hats.
Ike is certain this statue had it's head when we walked past it on the way up- but not on the way down!! he is such a funny kid. He was SO excited to count all of these statues. He's all about numbers, math, and money.
Metta and I got way too distracted to bother with counting things!!
we took a pretty boring hike up the mountain,too. It was a bit long- and halfway through- an English speaking father and son passed us on their way back and told us the end was boring. No good views or anything exciting! we turned around promptly and went back to the cable car!! at least we got some exercise!luckily- we always love a good cable car ride in Japan. They have them everywhere!! I guess it's the best way to get up their steep mountains!!
I think metta was stressing these ladies out a bit! luckily they still loved her.
I somehow got a smudge on my lens at the footbath and now it is pestering me in every picture the rest of this day!!! so annoying.
After our relaxing foot bath- we drove to Tobu World Square. We'd heard lots of great reviews from friends and it sounded pretty fun to us. All of the world's most famous landmarks/building shrunken down to 1/25th the size!! AND I found a great coupon online :)
On the drive to nikko- I realized I had forgotten to print the coupon out and was pretty ticked. It was going to save us 20 bucks. and if the website says 'print out'- the japanese will not accept just a picture of the coupon from our phones. I figured there HAD to be some way to get a copy of one and through a google search found out I could create an account with the japanese 7-11, upload the pic to my account online- and then go to any 7-11 and print it out. It worked. I figured it ALL out in Japanese. even setting up account. I am sharing this story because I am very proud of myself :)
Tobu world square was so cool. especially all of the Japanese landmarks that we've seen in real life! I should have gotten more pictures of those- but the real spots were better anyway :)