Nikko is a virtual treasure trove of natural beauty and World Heritage sites. How you enjoy Nikko is all up to you.

Nikko Kinugawa Asakusa Tochigi Sightseeing Information Map Kinugawa Asakusa Tochigi Nikko Yumoto Hot Spring Resort Area Yudaki Fall Kotoku Ranch Ryûzu Fall Kegon Waterfall Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park Akechidaira Ropeway Kirifuri Kogen Kirifuri fall Futarasan Shrine Nikko TOsho-gu Shrine Nikkosan Rinno-ji Temple Tamozawa Imperial Villa Park Shinkyo Bridge Bake-Jizo:Stone Statues Lake Chuzenji Senjogahara Plateau Odashirogahara Plateau Lake Yunoko Kinugawa Tochigi Asakusa

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■Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine (World heritage)

Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine (World heritage)This shrine, which still attracts large numbers of worshippers today, is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the long-reigning Tokugawa shogunate. Yomei-mon Gate, one of Japan's most magnificent national treasures, is especially breathtaking in winter because sunlight reflected by the snow shows all of the stunning woodwork's exquisite detail. Worshippers come to this shrine from all over Japan, and various festivals and other events are held year-round.

Features such as the upside-down pattern on one of Yomei-mon's pillars (called the “upside-down pillar that wards off evil spirits”) and the different pattern of the topmost level of the shrine's pagoda reflect the Japanese belief that anything that is completed immediately begins getting old: These features make the shrine unfinished and therefore ageless. The uniquely Japanese atmosphere and lush greenery of the shrine grounds will be a soothing, relaxing experience you'll never forget.


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Shrine hours 8:00 a.m._5:00 p.m. (closes at 4:00 p.m. in November through March)
Note: Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time
Day closed Open all year
Admission Tosho-gu Shrine tickets - ¥1,300 for adults, ¥450 for elementary and middle-school students
Address 2301 Yamauchi, Nikko City, Japan
Phone number 0288-54-0560
Public transit access Tobu-nikko Station → Tobu bus (for Chuzenji Onsen or Yumoto Onsen) (5 minutes) → Shinkyo Bridge bus stop → 10 minutes on foot
* Or a 40-minute walk from Tobu-nikko Station.
URL http://www.toshogu-koyoen.com/toshogu/ (Japanese)
http://www.nikko-jp.org/english/toshogu/index.html (Nikko Tourist Association, English)
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■Nikkosan Rinno-ji Temple (World heritage)

The wood pillars are coated with over 30 layers of lacquer.

The temple contains three “gohonzon” shrines to which the faithful come to pray for the welfare of their families and the safety of the nation. The building's 25-meter-tall pillars are each made from a single tree and coated with over 30 layers of lacquer. The best time of year to visit is in the fall or winter.


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Shrine hours 8:00 a.m._5:00 p.m. (closes at 4:00 p.m. in November through March)
Note: Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time
Day closed Open all year
Admission Sanbutsudo complex - ¥400 for adults,
Taiyuin complex - ¥550 for adults,
for other fees see the Rinno-ji Temple web site.
Address 2300 Sannai, Nikko City, Japan
Phone number 0288-54-0531
Public transit access Tobu Nikko Station → Tobu bus (for Chuzenji Onsen or Yumoto Onsen) (7 minutes) → Nishisando bus stop → 10 minutes on foot
* Or a 30-minute walk from Tobu-nikko Station.
URL http://www.rinnoji.or.jp/ (Japanese)
http://www.nikko-jp.org/english/rinnoji/index.html (Nikko Tourist Association, English)
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■Futarasan Shrine

Known for “monster stone lanterns” bearing the marks of sword cuts made by warriors who mistook them for monsters in the dark.

Located next to Tosho-gu Shrine, this shrine is said to be the oldest structure on Mt. Nikko. The shrine is also famous for its copper-tiled of front shrine, and eight-gabled roof of main shrine. The “monster stone lanterns” bear the sword marks of samurai warriors who mistook them for monsters and sliced at them in the darkness.

Futarasan Shrine Futarasan Shrine
Shrine hours 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (closes at 4:00 p.m. in November through March)
Note: Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time.
Day closed Open all year
Admission free
Address 2307 Sannai, Nikko City, Japan
Phone number 0288-54-0535
Public transit access Tobu Nikko Station → Tobu bus (for Chuzenji Onsen or Yumoto Onsen) (7 minutes) → Nishisando bus stop → 7 minutes on foot
* Or a 40-minute walk from Tobu-nikko Station.
URL http://www.futarasan.jp/ (Japanese)
http://www.nikko-jp.org/english/futarasan/index.html (Nikko Tourist Association, English)
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■Shinkyo Bridge

The Beautiful Legendary “Snake” Bridge That Marks the Front Entrance to Nikko

Considered one of the three most unique bridges in all Japan, the Shinkyo Bridge is also a registered World Heritage site. According to legend, in ancient times the benevolent god Jinsha first made a bridge here with two giant snakes—one red, one green—to ferry pilgrimaging monks across the gorge.


Shinkyo Bridge
Hours 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (open 24 hours for self-guided tours)
Day closed Open all year
Fee adults 300 yen
Address 2307 Sannai, Nikko City
Phone number 0288-54-0535
Public transit access Public transportation access: Tobu Nikko Station → Tobu bus (to Chuzenji Onsen or Yumoto Onsen) (7 minutes) → Shinkyo Bridge bus stop → 30 seconds on foot
* Or a 40-minute walk from Tobu-nikko Station.
URL http://www.shinkyo.net/english/shinkyo.shtml (English)
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■Bake-Jizo : Stone Statues

Bake-Jizo Located 1km/0.6mile upstream from the Shinkyo bridge, very interesting historical stone statues are lined up.
The name of Bake-jizo derives from a story; if you count stone statues from left to right and from right to left, there never comes up the same number. legendary, the statues move to change places from time to time.


Phone number 0288-54-2496 (NikkoTourrist Association)
Public transit access Nishisando bus stop 15 minute on foot
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■Tamozawa Imperial Villa Park

Tamozawa Imperial Villa Park The Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park (Former Tamozawa Imperial Villa) was built in 1899 for the purpose of the Emperor of Taisho's rest.
Emperor Taisho had spent the time in every summer season since 1925. Moreover, Emperor Showa and Empress Koujun also stayed there.


Hours of operation 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. (From November to March 9:00a.m.-4:30p.m.)
Day closed Tuesday (If it is a national holiday,it close the next day) December29-January First
Admission ¥500 (for adult)
Address 8-27 honnmachi Nikko City
Phone number 0288-53-6767
Public transit access tamozawa bus stop less than 1minute on foot
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■Akechidaira Ropeway

Enjoy the stunning view from Nikko's number-one vantage point.

Akechidaira Ropeway From Akechidaira, located near the end of the No. 2 Irohazaka road, take the Akechidaira Ropeway for a 3-minute ride to the top. The view there is the best in all of Nikko: To the west, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Falls, and Mt. Nantai; to the east, cliff-sided mountains and a rolling mountain range.



Hours of operation 8:30a.m.-4:00 p.m. (from November to March 9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.)
Day closed Open all year
Admission round-trip - ¥730 for adults, ¥370 for children * Panoramic viewing area is accessible free of charge.
Address 709 Fukazawa, Hosoo-cho, Nikko City
Phone number 0288-55-0331 (Akechidaira Station Ropeway)
Public transit access Akechidaira bus stop less than 1minute on foot
URL http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~nikko/akechi-rw.htm (Japanese)
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■Lake Chuzenji

A high-elevation lake created 20,000 years ago by the eruption of Mt. Nantai.

Lake Chuzenji Located at an elevation of 1,269 meters, this is one of Japan's most famous lakes. The lake is said to have formed when an eruption of Mt. Nantai 20,000 years ago dammed its basin. Pleasure boats allow you to enjoy the lake up close.


Lake Chuzenji
Phone number 0288-54-2496 (Nikko Tourist Association)
Public transit access Chuzenji bus stop less than 1minute on foot
URL http://www.nikko-jp.org/english/chuzenji/index.html (English)
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■Kegon Waterfall

The waters of majestic Kegon waterfall drop 97 meters.

Kegon WaterfallOne of Japan's three most famous waterfalls. The waters falling 97 meters from a sharp precipice into the river below are exhilarating to see. You can take an elevator (for a fee) to the bottom of the falls for an even more exhilarating experience.



Kegon Waterfall
Hours of operation 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (varies in some seasons)
Day closed Open all year
Admission round-trip elevator ride - ¥550 for adults, ¥330 for children
* Panoramic viewing area is accessible free of charge.
Address 2479-2 Chugushi, Nikko City
Phone number 0288-55-0030 (Kegon Waterfall Elevator)
Public transit access Chuzenji bus stop 5 minute on foot
URL http://www.nikko-jp.org/perfect/chuzenji/kegonnotaki.html (Japanese)
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■Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park

Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park was founded in 1928 for the former summer retreat of the Italian Ambassador towards Japan.
The successive Italian Ambassadors actually stayed there, and enjoyed Nikko during summer season until 1997.
It is located on the southeastern shore of Lake Chuzenji, and has donated to Tochigi Prefecture and opened to the public since 1999, and has recently attached to café shop, named “Café COCO.”


Hours of operation 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m. (July ・ August 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.)
Day closed From April to November Closed
Monday (If it is a nathinal holiday,it close the next day.From June to October open)
Admission free of charge
Address 2482 Chugushi, Nikko City
Phone number 0288-55-0880
Public transit access Tachiki-kannon bus stop 20 minutes on foot
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■Ryûzu fall

Ryūzu fall Located upside of the Yugawa River which makes its way into Lake Yunoko and Lake Chuzenji, Ryûzu fall has a very unique shape.
The name, Ryuzu, can be translated as "Dragon's Head', and is so named because its twin falls are said to resemble a dragon's head. Total height of its fall is 60m / 197ft.


Phone number 0288-54-2496 (NikkoTourrist Association)
Public transit access Ryuzu-no-taki bus stop 1minute on foot
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■Senjogahara Plateau

A beautiful marshland where the gods are said to have fought eons ago.

Senjogahara Plateau This vast marshland lies at the foot of Mt. Nantai. Its name comes from a legend in which the god of Mt. Nantai and the god of Mt. Akagi fought over Lake Chuzenji. This site contains beautiful high-elevation plant life, wild birds, and of course stunning scenery of unspoiled nature.





Phone number 0288-54-2496 (Nikko Tourist Association)
Public transit access Sanbonmatsu bus stop less than 1minute on foot
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■Odashirogahara Plateau

Odashirogahara Plateau Odashirogahara plateau is located at the west side of Yugawa river, which size is 2km/ 6561fts around field of grass spread out, with surrounded by mongolian oak woods.
The place is totally suitable for hikers especially during summer season.
The highly interesting around the plateau is a Japanese white birch tree, which is called “the lady of Odashirogahara,” and very popular amongst photographers.
Nonetheless to say, greatly enjoyable the changing colors of maple trees during the autumn season.

Phone number 0288-54-2496 (Nikko Tourist Association)
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■Yudaki Fall

Yudaki Fall Located on the edge of the Lake Yunoko, Yudaki Fall is very aggressive, 70m / 230ft high and 25m / 82ft wide cascade.
Hot spring runs together, hence, it has a very delicate softly-scented of sulfur in the air.





Phone number 0288-54-2496 (Nikko Tourrist Association)
Public transit access Yudaki-iriguchi bus stop 10 minutes on foot
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■Lake Yunoko

Lake Yunoko Hearing the voice of the gentle wind with birds singing, Lake Yunoko is a great place for hiking.
The circumference is only 3km/1.9ml, and it takes only about 1 hour to walk the path around the lake.





Phone number 0288-54-2496 (Nikko Tourist Association)
Public transit access Kohan-mae bus stop less than 1minute on foot
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■Nikko Yumoto Hot Spring Resort Area

The distinctive smell of sulfur tells you this is a hot spring resort town - where you'll even find a free foot bath!

Nikko Yumoto Hot Spring Resort Area This area has long been popular for the healing properties of its hot spring waters. The waters are rich in sulfur, the smell of which pervades the entire town. Today there are many hot spring hotels and inns, and at the center of town is a free foot bath.



Phone number 0288-54-2496 (Nikko Tourist Association)
Public transit access Yumoto-onsen bus stop less than 1minute on foot
URL http://www.nikko-jp.org/perfect/yumoto/index.html (Japanese)
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■Kotoku Ranch

Kotoku Ranch The Kotoku Ranch is 30,000m2/3ha, and cattle and horse are pastured.
A fresh milk and a fine ice cream are available in anytime.


Hours of operation 9:00a.m-3:00p.m.
Day closed Open all year
Admission free of charge
Address 2452 Chugushi,Nikko city
Phone number 0288-55-0256
Public transit access Kotoku-onsen bus stop 5 minutes on foot
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■Kirifuri Kogen

The highlands of Kirifuri Kogen offer rich natural beauty year-round.

Kirifuri Kogen Spring offers the azaleas of Tsutsujigaoka (“Azalea Hill”), early summer the yellow alpine lilies of Kisugedaira (“Alpine Lilly Plain”), fall the rich red and yellow autumnal foliage of the entire plateau, and winter skiing at the Kirifuri Kogen Ski Resort. Each season offers its own unique sights to see. Various leisure facilities allow you to experience nature up close.


Phone number 0288-54-2496 (Nikko Tourist Association)
Public transit access Kirifuri-Kogen bus stop less than 1minute on foot
URL http://www.nikko-jp.org/english/kirifuri/index.html (English)
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■Kirifuri fall

Kirifuri fall Kirifuri Falls is recognized as one of 3 major finest waterfalls of Nikko area.
The fall is divided into two steps of upper and lower side. The upper side is 25 m/ 82ft high, and lower side is 26 m/ 85ft high. The total height of its fall is 75 m /246ft.
The water, of which the lower side of the fall, hit rocks, and as if wrapped in fog The fall is said to be named after this natural spray phenomenon.
* kirifuri: fog comes down.


Phone number 0288-54-2496 (Nikko Tourist Association)
Public transit access Kirifuri-no-taki bus stop less than 1minute on foot
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Note:
* All travel times (by bus or walking) are approximate. Your travel time may vary depending on traffic conditions or other factors.
* All information is subject to change without notice. For up-to-date information, please contact the facility or location in question.


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