I live in Tochigi Prefecture, about 1.5 hours away by local train to the north from Tokyo. Tochigi’s most popular tourist spot is Nikko city and its national park (Okunikko). Nikko city is a home to a complex of shrines built in Edo period by Tokugawa Shogunate, designated as a world heritage site. However, my personal favorite is koyo or autumn colors in Okunikko. Okunikko is a wonderful piece of heaven on earth with it’s lakes, waterfalls, and volcanoes that provides ample of hot springs. Here are some shots taken in mid October 2011.