Tucked away in the mountains of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture is a natural wonderland to explore. In Nikko's Senjō-ga-hara Plateau one can find amazing hiking trails, beautiful waterfalls, and stunning crystal blue lakes. You can take a local bus to the Yunoko lake where you can meet the trail head that will lead you down through the highlands down to Ryūzu Falls and Chuzenji Lake. This area is perfect for a mid spring, summer, or early autumn hike through the natural surroundings of the Oku-Nikko area. While here you can stop by one of the many famous onsen, take a boat out onto Chuzenji Lake, or go for a climb up Mt. Nantai (a 2400 meter difficult climb perfect for the warm months of the year). Buses run frequently via the JR Nikko and Tobu Nikko Train stations.
I was born and raised just outside of the city of Portland in beautiful Oregon wine country in the United States. In 2011 traveled to and studied at Akita International University focusing on Japanese culture and language as well as Korean culture. I graduated from Portland State University in 2012 with a degree in History. Today I live in Nikko, in Tochigi prefecture and work as an assistant language teacher at three local high schools. I have a passion and deep love for Japan, it's culture, and the people who live here. I am so pleased that I can share my experiences here with other people.