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Visiting the world heritage temples and shrines of Nikko

1night,2days Departure from Tokyo

Nikko, a world heritage city, is 2 hours from Tokyo. In ancient times, people considered the mountains to be gods, and this trip is arranged so that you can also enjoy the mysteries of nature to the full.

  • 1night,2days

Nikko

[Traveling]

Asakusa -- <Tobu Railway Special Express SPACIA 110 mins.> -- Tobu Nikko -- <5 mins. by bus> -- <strolling on foot> -- [Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple] -- [Nikko Toshogu Shrine] -- [Nikko Futara-san-jinja Shrine] -- [Iemitsu-byo Taiyu-in Temple] -- <40 mins. by bus> -- [Chuzenji-onsen Hot Spring] [Lake Chuzenji-ko]

*The times required with public transportation are approximate.

[Discount Ticket]

Rinnoji Temple

This ancient temple was built in 766 in honor of the three mountain gods of Nikko. The San-butsudo is where you will find 3 statues of Buddha enshrined and a beautiful garden.

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

This shrine is dedicated to Ieyasu Tokugawa, a shogun of the Edo period who laid the foundations for Tokyo. There are 55 structures within the precincts of the shrine including national treasures such as the "Yomei-mon Gate" built by utilizing all the skills of industrial art in the Edo period. Many marvelous sculptures such as the "Sleeping Cat" (a national treasure) and the humorous "Three Monkeys" by the legendary early-Edo period sculptor Jingoro Hidari also still remain here.

*The Yomeimon gate will be undergoing renovations until 2018. However, visitors can see exhibits such as murals that are open to the public for the first time in two hundred years.

Nikko Futara-san-jinja Shrine

There are many huge trees and garden lanterns on the premises, which creates an atmosphere of mystery. The water springing from the fountain at the far back is said to have mystical properties bestowed by the gods. At the resting place beside the fountain, you can drink matcha or green powdered tea made with this water.

Iemitsu-byo Taiyu-in Temple

This temple is dedicated to Iemitsu Tokugawa, a shogun of the Edo period. Take some time to appreciate the elaborate sculptures with their base colors of black and gold.

Iroha-zaka slope

After visiting those shrines and temples, take the bus going towards Chuzenji Onsen Hot Spring. The bus climbs up the Iroha-zaka slope, so let's enjoy the beautiful mountain view at twilight in Nikko.

Lake Chuzenji-ko

Lake Chuzenji-ko, the highest natural lake in Japan, has been used as a summer resort for foreign visitors since around the 19th century. Around the lake there are still resort villas owned by the French or Belgian Embassies.

Chuzenji-onsen Hot Spring

A hot spring resort located in Nikko National Park. There are also many facilities here such as a hotel that is over hundred years old and historic inns. Nearby are tourist spots such as Lake Chuzenji-ko and Kegon-no-taki Falls to provide you with the beautiful scenery of the four distinct seasons.

Bean Curd Skin

Bean curd skin (a processed soybean food product that forms on the surface of heated soy milk and lifted with an object such as a bamboo skewer), which is a local Nikko specialty, is a traditional healthful dish with a delicate flavor. Also popular are sweets such as deep-fried bean curd skin dumplings and cheesecake.

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Nikko

[Traveling]

Chuzenji-onsen -- <5 mins. by bus> -- Akechidaira -- <Ropeway> -- [Akechidaira Observatory] -- <Ropeway & Bus> -- Chuzenji-onsen -- <15 mins. by walk> -- [Kegon-no-taki Falls] -- <15 mins. by walk> -- Lake Chuzenji-ko Sightseeing Boat Station -- <10 mins. by bus> -- [Ryuzu-no-taki Falls] -- <60 mins. by bus> -- Tobu Nikko -- <Tobu Railway Special Express SPACIA 110 mins.> -- Tobu Asakusa

Akechidaira Observatory

Akechidaira Observatory is said to command the best view there is in Nikko. It lets you see sights such as Lake Chuzenji-ko, Kegon-no-taki Falls, and Mount Nantai on a grand scale.

Kegon-no-taki Falls

"Kegon-no-taki Falls" is a magnificent waterfall counted among the three best falls in Japan. You can take a 100-m-elevator ride down to get a closer view of the falls. It has fresh green from spring to summer, and the waters that are decorated with bright red leaves in the autumn are frozen solid in midwinter.

Ryuzu-no-taki Falls

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