"Never say 'kekko' until you've seen Nikko," kekko meaning satisfied, magnificent or beautiful. Nikko is home to the Nikko National Park and home to the mausoleums of the Tokugawa shoguns. The 1,000 samurai parade is held every May 18th and Oct. 17th to commemorate the 1617 enshrinement. Nikko is a popular sightseeing and vacation spot for locals, with everything from shrines, national forests and amusement parks.
Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine
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The only outlet for Lake Chuzenji, which was formed by the natural damming of a river after Mount Nantai erupted, this waterfall has a 97-meter drop. A dozen other waterfalls are located behind and to the side, creating a cacophony of sound in the area.
Located at the foot of the Ryuzu waterfall, this traditional Japanese tea house is an easily accessible rest stop . Guests can relax and watch the waterfall while eating different variations of dango, udon, or soba. The tea house also has a small store in whic
This waterfall flows over 210 meters of stair-casing volcanic rock, and splits into two separate waterfalls just before the drop. From May to June flowers called Rhododendron wadanum bloom around the waterfall surrounding it in an amaranth colour and giving of
The Irohazaka route in Nikko city is comprised of the two routes from Umagaeshi to Chuzenjiko and then back to Umagaeshi again, with 48 curves throughout the route.
Akechidaira Observation Area
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70 meters in height and 110 meters in length, this waterfall is created from the water of Lake Yunoko. There is an observation deck overlooking the waterfall offering a closer look. Since the waterfall is located in Nikko, during the fall the foliage is especi
Yunoko lake is located in the western area of Nikko, and is a dammed lake created by the eruption of mount Mitake to its Northeast.
Oku-Nikko Yumoto Onsen
This hot spring district located in Nikko is a serene spa town surrounded by forest and lakes. The area is popular in the fall for its beautiful autumn color.
Nikko Botanical Garden
Nikko Botanical Garden, owned by the University of Tokyo, is the oldest botanical garden in Japan.
This is a beauty spot formed by the lava from the eruption of Mount Nantai. At the south bank, there is a long line of Jizou that is said to have a different number each time one counts them, and on the precipice of the upper stream the word "Kanman" is engrav
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa
This site is a historic park in Nikko consisting of gardens and an imperial villa that originally was the retreat for the Taisho emperor when he was the crown prince. The park is registered as an important cultural property as having the only imperial villa bu
Nikko Castella Honpo
Exclusively located in Nikko, this store offers specialty cakes and souvenirs. The store is most popular for its Castella cakes, which are moist, soft and fluffy. The cakes are baked using acacia honey and syrup made from quality glutinous rice of Kyushu, then
Located in the historical city of Nikko, this is the mausoleum of Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa shogun, who established the feudal system of the Tokugawa shogunate. The mausoleum is listed among the Nikko UNESCO Heritage Temples and Shrines.
Nikko Futarasan Jinja Shrine
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Nikkosan Rinno-ji Temple
Rinno-ji is a Buddhist temple built in 766 and is part of the "Shrines and Temples of Nikko", which was designated UNESCO World Heritage. It had strong ties with the Tokugawa family which ruled Japan for over 250 years during the Edo period. *Note: under reno
Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine
This Shinto shrine is part of the "Shrines and Temples of Nikko" and the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Ieyasu is enshrined as Tosho Daigongen, the "Great Deity of the East Shining Light". Initially built in 1617
Ashio-Dozan is an abandoned copper mine in Tochigi prefecture, now serving as a tourist attraction.
This bridge is ranked as one of Japan's three finest bridges and stands at the entrance to the shrines and temples of Nikko.
Only a 3-minute walk from Nikko Futarasan Jinja Shrine, Hotel Kohantei offers comfortable rooms boasting views of Chuzenji Lake. It features outdoor and indoor public hot spring baths. Free Wi-Fi is available at the lobby.
Hotel Shikisai is a 35-minute drive from Tobu Nikko Station and JR Nikko station, and a shuttle to the station is provided once a day. It offers 2 public hot-spring baths, free parking on site and free Wi-Fi in all areas.
Little Forest Inn Nikko
Little Forest Inn Nikko offers Japanese and Western-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Rooms come with a flat-screen TV and views of Mount Nantai or Lake Chuzenji, which is located right in front of the property.
Located right in front of Lake Chuzenji, Pension Friendly offers Western accommodations with a flat-screen TV.
Located right next to picturesque Chuzenji Lake in Nikko, Minshuku Shirakaba offers cosy accommodation featuring views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Famous Kegon Waterfall is a 15-minute walk away. Free Wi-Fi is available
Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel
A fireplace lounge overlooking the woods, an indoor hot-spring bath and an art space await guests at Kanaya Hotel, a 5-minute walk from Chuzenji Lake. Rooms have free wired internet, an LCD TV and a private bathroom.
Situated just a 5-minute walk from famous Kegon Waterfall and Chuzenji Lake, Yama-no-Yado Sugimoto-kan offers simple accommodation in the highland area of Nikko. It offers shuttle services to various hiking trails at an extra char