Bikkle

… is basically a giant version of Yakkult, I guess for people who want to make the Yakkult experience last longer. Who knew that there was a market for that?

BTW, it is Moon Tan’s job to stop me making stupid decisions like this, but lately she has been letting the team down. She says something sneaky like: “Tamago, hold on a second. I think you’ll regret drinking that”. After that, of course, I have to drink it, to prove how hardcore I am.

Kanmangafuchi Abyss

[Part II of our Golden Week travel blog extravaganza…]

Following our trip to Miura, we came back through Tokyo and continued North to Nikko. It was a glorious day in the mountains. We explored the temple area having obtained some amazing walking tour instructions from one of the friendly staff at the Nikko Park Lodge where we were staying (highly recommended, though one of the other dudes there is quite grumpy).

At dusk, we arrived at the Kanmangafuchi Abyss, a gorge that runs down behind the Imperial Villa. We had the place almost to ourselves, and it was breathtakingly beautiful.

 

These are the bakejizo (ghost statues). It’s said that if you count them as you walk along to the gorge, and then count them as you return, you’ll never get the same count — one of them will have ‘disappeared’ for the return journey. We counted 76 on the way in, then realised that we hadn’t actually taken in any of the amazing scenery because we were too busy counting. We didn’t bother checking on the way back, so we can neither confirm nor deny this myth. Our Mythbusters assessment: “Plausible”. (It’s a pretty spooky place, and a lot of monks are buried there).

 

The Kanmangafuchi Abyss: highly recommended to get away from the Nikko crowds, and spectacular at dusk.