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Things to Do in Nikko

Nikko, 26 Sep.

Explore these great things to see and do in Nikko, from the elaborate architecture and decorations of Nikko Toshogu Shrine to scenic Lake Chuzenji and impressive Kegon Falls.

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Nikko Toshogu Shrine

The Nikko Toshogu Shrine is the most famous of the three World Heritage Sites in Nikko, and known for its intricately decorated facade, stunning colors and beautiful architecture.

EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura

EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura

Experience what life was like in the 17th century at Edo Wonderland, where traditional architecture and towns have been carefully recreated to take you back in time.

Mt. Nantaisan

Mt. Nantaisan

One of the 100 Famous Mountains in Japan, Mt. Nantaisan is a 2,485m volcano within the Nikko National Park, and a place of nature worship.

Lake Chuzenji

Lake Chuzenji

This scenic lake was formed by the eruption of the Mt. Nantaisan volcano roughly 20,000 years ago, and at an altitude of 1,269m it is one of the highest lakes in Japan.

Kegon Falls

Kegon Falls

At almost 100 metres high, Kegon Falls is a magnificent natural wonder of Nikko, and ranked one of the three great waterfalls of Japan.

Senjogahara Plateau

Senjogahara Plateau

Senjogahara is a large marshland that is home to more than 350 species of native plants and wild birds, much of which is protected under the Ramsar Convention.

Odashirogahara Plateau

Odashirogahara Plateau

The picturesque grassy plains of Odashirogahara lie west of the Senjogahara marshlands, and nature lovers come to admire the unique landscape.

Yunoko Lake

Yunoko Lake

With beauty from every angle, Yunoko Lake offers a scenic one-hour walking course that takes you through a primeval forest and along the lakeside.

Yudaki Falls

Yudaki Falls

From the observatory deck at the base of Yudaki Falls, you can hear and feel the roaring power of this waterfall.

Iroha-zaka Slope

Iroha-zaka Slope

It’s one of the most beautiful drives in Nikko – the 48 sharp curves that make up the winding Irohazaka Slope give drivers a scenic view around every corner.

Kirifuri-kogen

Kirifuri Kogen Highlands

The Kirifuri Kogen Highlands is a plateau on the side of Mt. Akanagisan which offers a variety of lovely hiking trails.

Nikko Kaido Suginamikimichi (Nikko Road Cedar Path),

Nikko Kaido Cedar Avenue

In the Edo period, the road leading up to the Nikko Toshogu Shrine was planted with 50,000 cedar trees as a contribution to the shrine.

Kanmangafuchi Abyss

Kanmangafuchi Abyss

Once when Mt. Nantaisan erupted, it spewed lava into the Daiyagawa River, creating a beautiful and mysterious abyss of black lava, called the Kanmangafuchi Gorge.

KAMAKURA Snow House Festival

Kamakura Snow House Festival

The tiny onsen town of Yunishigawa, deep in the mountains of Tochigi, draws visitors every year with this delightful festival.

Nikko-yuba

Nikko-yuba

Visitors to Nikko should try a local specialty, ‘yuba’, or tofu skin.

Nikko Futarasan-Jinja Shrine

Nikko Futarasan-Jinja Shrine

As a center of mountain worship, Futarasan Shrine is regarded as an ‘ujigamisama’ – a guardian of the area. It is the oldest of the three World Heritage sites in Nikko, built in 782, and deifies Mt. Nantaisan, a magnificent volcano in the Nikko National Park.

Akechidaira Plateau

Akechidaira Plateau

The ride up the Akichidaira Ropeway may only take 3 minutes, but the views of Chuzenji Lake, Mt. Nantaisan and Kegon Falls are unforgettable.

Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple

Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple

The Rinno-ji Temple has a rich history of more than 1200 years. The main temple, Sanbutsudo Hall, is one of the largest wooden structures in Nikkosan, with three impressive 8-metre high Buddhist statues.