にっこ Nikko and Edo Wonderland

The other day I happened to record a new show, Culture Japan with Danny Choo. He was visiting Edo Wonderland in Nikko which is a theme park recreating life  in that time period.  For those of you that don’t know what Edo is, it was between the years 1603-1868.

Nikko is located north of Tokyo.

http://www.nikko-japan.org/pdf/mapofnikko.pdf

I’ve been to Nikko once but now I must see Edo Wonderland! Here’s a photo I found of the theme park.

                 http://www.edowonderland.net/html/en/index.html

I was in Nikko in 2010 with family/friend and I could not get over how wonderful it was! We went to a shrine/temple that I thought would take all day to get to the top because of all the steps, but it was well worth it. When you got there it was beautiful! We stayed at the Kanaya Hotel and the food was french style which was really amazing! Here’s a link to the hotel’s website.  http://www.kanayahotel.co.jp/english/nikko/

Also I got to go across this suspension bridge (shown in the photo below) and later that day took a small boat under it. After taking a long walk through Nikko we came across a nice foot hot spring and drank chilled green tea.

Back to Edo Wonderland… On Danny Choo’s show he went through this awesome maze that has secert doors and passage ways that beat any corn maze I’ve been to. Also if you want they showed a give up exit which seemed pretty awesome if you can’t seem to find your way out. The other interesting thing was a building that was slanted but looked completely normal except for the fact that your leaning on a angle. Now thats something I must try. Here’s a link to Danny Choo’s site of the crazy room and other photos.

http://www.dannychoo.com/post/en/26262/How+to+Become+a+Ninja+Girl.html

Here are a few other links that might be of interest.

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/tochigi/nikkousinai.html

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3879.html

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3800.html

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