Tosho-gu (Nikko part 2)

Tosho-gu housed the last shogun government in Japan between the 17th and 19th century, but today the temples and shrines here are a popular tourists destination. The town of Nikko itself seems to have lapsed somewhat since the region’s popularity swayed following the current emperor’s decision to separate Buddhism and Shintoism. However, the World Heritage…

Japan part 3 of 3: Nikko

Nikko THE TOWN OF NIKKO Nikko lies to the North of Tokyo, in the high country of Tochigi Prefecture. Here, saddled between Mt Nakimushi and the dominant Mt Nyoho, which forms an immense natural water catchment, lies the small town of Nikko and the Nikko Tosho-gu shrines. The town of Nikko is an interesting enough…

Smalleys Beach: Camping at Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough NP A small national park camp grounds on the beach. Only 11 sites makes his place pretty special. Waking up and walking to the sand, scaring the bathing birds and watching the first rays of light touch on the cape while you have the entire beach to yourself is what makes camping out…

Straddie by foot: a day on North Stradbroke Island

Heavy clouds move across a grey and endless ocean as tourists walk the wind whipped Point Lookout. A branch are ripped from the occasional tree. Someone’s dog attacks a kangaroo. The smell of of fish and chips and sea foam floats on the breeze. Tourism is North Stradbroke island’s biggest industry next to sand mining,…