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Model Course(NIKKO PASS world heritage area)

Liesurely discover Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first general of the Tokugawa shognate and sacred places for the mountain worship in Nikko in ancient times.

Depart from Asakusa Station

spacia

Approx. 110 Min.

by Limited Express SPACIA

Tobu Nikko Station

Approx. 8 Min. by Tobu Bus

Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple
Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple

"Nikkozan Rinnoji" originaly meant the temples of the entire Nikkosan area. Even after the separation of Buddhism and Shintoism due to government policy enforced in the beginning of the period of Meiji, main temples and halls such as Hondo, Taiyuin, Jigendo, Jougyo-do, Chuzenji, Gohotendo, Shihonryuji, and 15 sub-temples have been unified. Now all of them are called "Rinnoji" as a generic name. Sanbutsudo (the main hall), which is said to have the strongest energy, is currently under big repairs for the first time in about 50 years. It will last till 2018.

  • Address
  • 2300, Sannai, Nikko city, Tochigi
  • Tel
  • +81-(0)288-54-0531
  • Opening Hours
  • 8:00 - 17:00 ( 8:00 - 16:00 from November to March) ※ Entry is Allowed till 30 Min.before the Closing Time.
    Opens 365 Days (No Closed Days)
  • Access
  • Approx. 8 Min. by the World Heritage Sightseeing Bus from Tobu Nikko Station (Tobu Nikko Line) - 0 Min. from Shodoshonin-Zo-Mae Bus Stop

Walk

Nikko Toshogu Shrine
Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Tosho Daigongen (enshrined Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first general of the Tokugawa shognate) started to be enshrined at this shrine in 1617. The main buildings of the shrine, registered in the world cultural heritage in 1999, bring a solemn atmosphere taking advantage of the natural topography. It has breathtakingly beautiful buildings such as the five story pagoda, front gate, and Yomei-mon Gate, designated as important cultural properties, and the main shrine, designated as a national treasure. It also has more than 5,000 wooden sculpture images of various animals. The most famous ones among them are "Three wise monkeys" carved at Shinkyusha (stable for sacred horses). Also, you should not miss "Nemuri-neko (sleeping cat)" and "Sozo-no-zo (imaginary elephant). The Yomei-mon Gate is currently under big repairs till 2018.

  • Address
  • 2301, Sannai, Nikko city, Tochigi
  • Tel
  • +81-(0)288-54-0560
  • Opening Hours
  • 8:00 - 17:00 (8:00 - 16:00 from November to March) ※ Entry is Allowed till 30 Min. before the Closing Time.
    Opens 365 Days (No Closed Days)
  • Access
  • Approx 9 Min. by the World Heritage Sightseeing Bus from Tobu Nikko Station (Tobu Nikko Line) - Approx. 5 Min. Walk from Omotesando Bus Stop

Walk

Nikko Futarasan Shrine
Nikko Futarasan Shrine

This vast shrine consists of 3 shrines; the main shrine in the west of Toshogu Shrine, Chugushi (small shrine) by Lake Chuzenji, and Okumiya (rear shrine) at the top of Mt. Nantai. Even the Shinkyo Bridge (sacred bridge) at the entrance to the Nikko Sannai area is a part of the shrine. It was originally a holy ground for Shugendo, Japanese mountain asceticism-shamanism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts. Kegon Falls and Irohazaka also belong to its holy precincts. This shrine is also popular among young couples, as there are various places to pray, such as the sacred tree, Meotosugi (husband and wife trees), Oyakosugi (parent and child trees), miraculous fountain, etc. in the main shrine. Water from the miraculous fountain is allowed to be taken home. Their Ema (votive picture of a horse) is popular among girls who are looking for a partner, as the shape of a heart is drawn on it.

  • Address
  • 2307, Sannai, Nikko city, Tochigi
  • Tel
  • +81-(0)288-54-0535
  • Opening Hours
  • 8:00 - 17:00 (9:00 - 16:00 from November to March) ※ Entry is allowed till 30 Min. before the Closing Time.
    Opens 365 Days (No Closing Days)
  • Access
  • Approx. 12 Min. by the World Heritage Sightseeing Bus from Tobu Nikko Station (Tobu Nikko Line) - Approx. 1 Min. Walk from "Taiyuin / Futarasan Jinja-Mae" Bus Stop

Walk

Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park

This Imperial Villa was built for the Emperor Taisho in 1899. The buildings assembly has three different architectural styles from the latter half of the period of Edo, and the period of Meiji and Taisho. It is the largest Imperial Villa among those which were built in the period of Meiji or Taisho and still remain. From these buildings and gardens, you can have a glimpse of the architecture tecniques and the Imperial Family culture in those days.

  • Address
  • 8-27, Honcho, Nikko city, Tochigi
  • Tel
  • +81-(0)288-53-6767
  • Access
  • Approx. 4 Min. by Tobu Bus Bound for Yumoto Onsen (Tobu Bus) from Tobu Nikko Station (Tobu Nikko Line) - 0 Min. from Nikko Tamozawa Goyotei Kinenkoen (Imperial Villa Memorial Park)

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Stay Over at Nikko Onsen
Nikko Kanaya Hotel
Nikko Kanaya Hotel

Nikko Onsen is the nearest spa area from Tobu Nikko station (Tobu Nikko line). This hot spring is relatively new as it was discovered in 1987 in the down town area. The discovery became a popular topic, as it was said to be the source of "Muso-no-yu (dreamy onsen)" which was named by Kobo Daishi, a famous Japanese monk in ancient time. In general, hot springs in Nikko are well known for sulfurous water, but Nikko Onsen is an alkalescent simple spring characterized by no color, no smell, and rich texture. Nikko Onsen is popular as it is very mild and soft to the skin, and is in the closest location after visiting the 2 shrines and 1 temple in this area. Some hotels and Ryokans (Japanese style hotels) accept guests who just want to take baths without staying, so it is also recommended to take a quick bath before taking a train to go back.

  • Access
  • Approx. 5-10 Min. by Nikko Kotsu Bus from Tobu Nikko Station (Tobu Nikko Line)

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