Nikko is about 2 hours north of Tokyo and features a great variety of temples, shrines, lakes and gardens.  On a short day trip out of Tokyo we had time only to see around the township and shrine areas.  A low cloud and mist hung around the town giving it an eerie calm and disguising the higher peaks that surrounded us.  Many of the better known shrines were covered for renovations (as was the case throughout Japan) but even so, Nikko had plenty to see, feeling like a smaller and quieter version of Kyoto.   

The bridge above is called Shinkyo "Sacred Bridge" and up until the early 1970's was off limit to the general public.  I chose not to pay to cross it but instead admire it from the adjacent road bridge :)  Some things just look better when you stand back from them, as is the case with Mt Fuji… but that is a series of its own for another time...