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Dragonflies in the Garden, Nikko, Japan

Shouyoen Garden of the Rinnoji Temple, Nikko, Japan

Butterflies in Shouyoen Garden of the Rinnoji Temple, Nikko, Japan

Nikko was our first stop out of Tokyo. The temple and shrine area (combining Buddhism and Shinto architecture) has the advantage of being situated on a gorgeous wooded mountainside, above a fast flowing river. The downside during our visit was that the Rinnoji Temple was completely encased by another building, as an eleven-year renovation project is underway. After checking out the progress inside, we retreated to the traditional gardens where these dragonflies were hanging out.

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