On another one of those painful mornings, I woke up early to explore all around Nikko. Some snow had fallen during the night, and a warm morning sun helped to melt everything into reflective wet surface. It also helped the leaves and bark to glow in an inviting way. There are many beautiful old areas of Nikko that are separated by these long pathways through the forest. It's right out of a Final Fantasy game, and I could not help but stop every few hundred feet for another photo!