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Nikko

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Tsuruya Yuba Restaurant, Nikko

Tsuruya Yuba Restaurant, Nikko

Lake Chuzenji is one of the prettiest places you'll come across: a quaint tourist town set on the side of a beautiful lake on top of a mountain, with more picturesque mountains in the background. Visitors to Nikko often take a side trip to Chuzen..

Honke Yamabiko Restaurant

Honke Yamabiko Restaurant

One of the specialties of Nikko is yuba, or tofu skin, the product that has been skimmed off the top of boiling soy milk and set out to dry. When the signboard outside of Honke Yamabiko Restaurant advertised a yuba lunch set, I was intrigued eno..

Honke Yamabiko Restaurant - Nikko

Honke Yamabiko Restaurant - Nikko

When planning your trip to Nikko, food likely isn't very high on your list of priorities. The region is famous for its breath-taking shrines and temples from long ago, and its quaint mountain town feeling, but does not share in the world-class de..

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Nikko Town and Nikko Tokanso Ryokan

Nikko Town and Nikko Tokanso Ryokan

Nikko is a town at the entrance of Nikko National Park, famous for Japan's most lavishly decorated temples and shrines, and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist&nb..

Kinugawa Onsen Sanraku Hotel

Kinugawa Onsen Sanraku Hotel

Kinugawa is an onsen town about 17km to the north of Nikko. It’s an easy drive, or cycle, in my case, and unlike hyperactive Nikko it is best used as a place for relaxing and dining. The hot springs were first discovered in the 1600s by local v..

Turtle Inn Nikko

Turtle Inn Nikko

From the outside, the Turtle Inn Nikko doesn't look like much. A small sign hanging over the door and a window full of turtle figurines is the only indication that you're in the right place in this quiet, riverside neighborhood in central Nik..

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Suginami Cedar Avenue in Nikko

Suginami Cedar Avenue in Nikko

The longest tree lined avenue in the world is in Nikkō. Japanese cedar trees (sugi in Japanese) stand 30 meters tall and enclose over 35 kilometers of road. The trees were planted some four hundred years ago to enhance the approach to Nikkō Tōshō-gū...

Nikko Toshogu Shrine Autumn Grand Festival

Nikko Toshogu Shrine Autumn Grand Festival

A grand festival is held at Nikko Toshogu Shrine twice a year, and in October, includes the Shinto ritual offering of “Yabusame”, firing arrows at targets from atop galloping horses, and the “Togyosai” called “Hyakumonoz..

Rondo Antique Shop in Nikko

Rondo Antique Shop in Nikko

On my walk to the hotel from Nikko Station, I found quite an interesting shop – Rondo Antique. I spent about an hour there examining old things that I’m always excited about. The owner was a nice lady who kindly allowed me to take my time..

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About Nikko

Welcome to Nikko!

Nikko, located in the northwest corner of Tochigi Prefecture, is known for its picturesque beauty, and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Nikko boasts of three main areas of interest: The World Heritage Tosho-gu Shrine along with other temples and shrines near Nikko Station; the Chuzen-ji Lake district; and Upper Nikko (Oku Nikko).

The most popular season for visitors is undoubtedly autumn—when its mountains and forests are nicely colored with red, orange and yellow leaves. But autumn is also the busiest season.

May to June is the second busiest season—deep green forests and a variety of freshly blooming flowers will welcome you then.

Nikko’s population is about 90,000. The Nikko city area sits 600 meters above sea level, while the Chuzen-ji Lake area is over 1000 meters. Summer in Nikko is generally hot and humid, and winter is very cold: -10 to -20 degree Celsius with snow 30-70 cm deep.

Nikko has been a holy place for more than 1200 years. Since the priest Shodo succeeded in reaching the summit of Mt. Nantai, people began to worship the mountain as God. Even now, priests practice various forms of asceticism here. In 1617 the first shogun of Edo, Tokugawa Ieyasu, was given a ritual burial in Nikko and so the magnificent Tosho-gu Shrine was built in 1636 for him.

There are several hiking courses in Nikko. You can enjoy peaceful mountains and calm lakes to the fullest. After hiking, soaking in a hot spring bath (onsen) is another attraction. Depending on the hiking course, there are three onsen spots to choose from: Chuzen-ji Onsen, Yumoto Onsen, and Kohtoku Onsen.

The local specialty is yuba, a delicacy made from soy milk ‘skin’. It is usually stewed with vegetables. There are a few popular and tasty fish such as sweetfish (ayu 鮎), pond smelt (wakasagi 鰙), and red salmon (himemasu 姫鱒) caught in Chuzen-ji Lake.

Two direct train line approach Nikko. From JR Shinjuku Station, express trains go to Tobu Nikko Station in 100 minutes. From Tobu Asakusa Station, express trains reach the same station in about 110 minutes. From Utsumomiya, visitors can take the JR Nikko Line to JR Nikko Station.

Don’t miss the wonders of Nikko. Be sure to experience her lovely beauty with your own eyes!

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