If you want to avoid the busy places in Nikko, the Yunoko Lake area is a nice place to take a deep breath. It is just a few minutes from the Yumoto-onsen Spa. A slow, leisurely hike around the lake is a great way to relax before or after a hot onsen bath. There is a one-hour trail around the lake with a great view of the mountains. The water is crystal clear, the autumn leaves are nice and colorful, and the lake is calm and quiet. Trout fishing is permitted from May 1st to September 30th.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。