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Nikko, Kinugawa River, Utsunomiya

Moka Railway – Steam Locomotive with Cherry Blossoms and Rape Blossoms in Full Bloom! A Day Trip with Beautiful Scenery!

The Moka Railway is a local train line that spans 41.9 kilometers, from Ibaraki Prefecture’s Shimodate Station to Tochigi Prefecture’s Motegi Station. On weekends and holidays, the steam locomotive line, which makes one round-trip per day, offers a spring-limited special trip through the pink cherry blossoms and yellow rape blossoms. I highly recommend taking a trip through this area, as even those with no interest in railways can appreciate the scenery!

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko Toshogu is a Shinto shrine, built in 1617 and dedicated to the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Ieyasu Tokugawa. The shrine has been registered as a World Heritage Site.
The structure is decorated with lacquer and rich coloring, and many of the pillars feature carvings and sculptures. These are not just aesthetic designs, but represent faith as well as scholarship and ideologies.
The various wooden carvings of animals represent peace.