Nikko

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Located at the entrance to Nikko National Park, this small town has been a center for both Buddhist and Shinto worship in Japan for centuries.

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Filled with shrines and temples, if you only see one, make it Toshogu Shrine, perhaps Japan's most lavishly decorated temple.

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Nikko National Park is very popular during the fall for the beautiful colors of its autumn leaves. Pair those colors with Kegon Waterfall and you have quite the backdrop.

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The Kanmangafuchi Abyss is part of the park and provides some excellent scenery, but it's probably best known for the roughly seventy stone statues of Jizo, a Bodhisattva who cares for the deceased.

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Nikko is also known for its hot springs, making it a great place to try out a traditional Japanese onsen. Perhaps you can even pair this experience with a stay at a ryokan, as many of these traditional Japanese inns own land on which there are hot springs.

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