Trip to Nikko - Day 2

On the second morning, the weather was still quite overcast and grey, with poor light for landscape photography, so the most appropriate program was to visit the Toshogu temple. Actually, this is a large area full of temples, in the forest, going uphill along steep stairs and built with an architectural style quite different from other places in Japan.

Fuji X100s 23mm, ISO 200, f16, 1/5s

WCL 19mm, ISO 200, f16, 0.4s

WCL 19mm, ISO 200, f16, 1/6s

Not very easy to get a picture without tourists on it, as everyone is taking turns to take a selfie in front of every temple... But still, an amazing place, even with the white and even light of this cloudy morning. And the luxurious vegetation and trees are giving a lost jungle impression.

23mm, ISO 200, f16, 1s

After a couple of hours visiting the different shrines in the premises, we decided to give another shot to the Chuzenji lake and the Senjogahara moor, hoping for better weather than the day before. And good thing we did! We even got a few seconds of sun... 

The Senjogahara moor is extremely well arranged for an easy walk to the Yudaki falls, about one hour away. There is a wooden pathway all the way, so that even after heavy rain it stays accessible (and better so, as a moor is never too far from a swamp...). The trees are slowly extending their territory across the moor, although the many fallen trees show the balance is well kept.

WCL 19mm, ISO 200, f16, 1/5s

23mm, ISO 200, f16, 1.3s

The path leads progressively into thicker woods, with some quasi-swamps and lovely waterfalls.

WCL 19mm, ISO 200, f16, 1/4s

TCL 33mm, ISO 200, f16, 2.5s

Which brought us at last to the Yudaki falls, where we started our previous day under heavy rain, but this time with better conditions! Quite impressive falls and I am glad we came back.

WCL 19mm, ISO 200, f16, 42s (8-stop ND filter)

Actually if you look closely and have a good imagination, the central shape can be seen as a large frowning deity under a shower... 

That was it for the second day, before going back to our wonderful ryokan and enjoying again the hot spring and a huge dinner.