Travel To Japan, Part 5 Nikko

Travel To Japan, Part 5 Nikko
Located at the entrance of Nikko National Park, Nikko is a little town in Japan, known for Toshogo Shrine, Futarasan Shrine, Tamozawa Imperial Villa, Kanmangafuchi Abyss with its Jizo statues, and many other great places . Before Toshogu was built in the 1600s, Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries. Nikko and the Okunikko area around Lake Chuzenji, are well known for their beautiful nature, especially for their autumn colors (Koyo). Nikko National …

Zernez National Park, Switzerland

Zernez National Park, Switzerland
The Zernez National Park in Switzerland, is located in the Engadine area, in the Canton of Grisons. Only Switzerland National Park, and first national park in Europe, it was founded in 1914 (August 1, the Swiss National Day). Its history dates back to 1909, when Swiss naturalists wanted to protect nature from human activities in development. Inspired by the United States which already had many national parks, they founded the Swiss League for Nature Protection (LSPN), currently known as Pro …

Travel To Japan, Part 4 Kyoto

Travel To Japan, Part 4 Kyoto
Travel to Japan, and discover the city of Kyoto, as part 4 of my amazing trip to Japan. Located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Kyoto was formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years (from 794 till 1868) Also known as the City of Ten Thousand Shrines, Kyoto is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region. So there is a lot of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines to …

Zermatt, Matterhorn, Switzerland

Zermatt, Matterhorn, Switzerland
The Matterhorn, near the town of Zermatt in Switzerland, is also known as the Cervin (in French), and Cervino (in Italian). It is one of the highest peaks in the Alps, with an altitude of 4,478m (14,690 ft). It marks the border between Switzerland and Italy, and so, possess two summits (one swiss with 4,477.5 m high, one italian with 4,476.4m high). The pyramidal peak, is composed by for steep faces, split by four ridges: the Hörnli, Furggen, Leone and …

Mer de Glace, Chamonix Mont Blanc, France

Mer de Glace, Chamonix Mont Blanc, France
The Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) is a glacier located near Chamonix, on the northern slopes of the Mont Blanc massif, in the French Alps. It is the longest glacier in France, with 7km long and 200m deep (average). Fed by the confluence of Glacier de Lechaud, Glacier du Tacul, and the Cascade du Talèfre, the Mer de Glace starts from an elevation of 2,140m, and descends to 1,400m, flowing between the Aiguille du Moine and the Trélaporte, and …