Nature Spots in Tochigi Area

  • Kegon Falls
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi 2479-2
    This is a magnificent waterfall which cascades down the 97 meter high sheer cliffs in a flash, and is one of Japan’s top three most famous waterfalls. If you go down to the observation deck by elevator which requires the payment of a fee, you will be able to experience up close the intensity of the water falling down which rises from the waterfall basin with a splash. You can enjoy the magnificent fresh greenery and the figure of Asian house martins flying around in the vicinity of the waterfall in the early summer, crimson foliage in the autumn and in winter, the frozen small falls or the twelve falls as they are called located half way up the waterfall provide us with a beautiful display. It is a waterfall which provides us with picturesque scenery from season to season.
  • Lake Chuzenji
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi
    Lake Chuzenji, located in the west of Nikko in Chugushi, Nikko City. The lake, with circumference of 25 kilometers, was formed with the eruption of Mt. Nantai in the north. With an elevation of 1,269 meters this is the highest lake in Japan. During the Meiji and Taisho periods many European embassies built vacation houses around the lake, and they remain to this day. The lake is a pretty scenic spot with Mt. Nantai in the background where visitors can enjoy pleasure boats and of course the beautiful autumn leaves.
  • Nasu Heisei-no-Mori Forest
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Hei 3254
    A forest park which serves as a habitat for many plants and animals, including rare species. Nature walks and activity programs are conducted in the Forest Recreation Zone. Access to portions of the Forest Learning Zone is restricted in order to preserve natural environments, and only guided walks are allowed in these areas.

    You will pass through the National Park office which give you directions and a good resting place while waiting for the bus to return hotel. Great walk to the waterfall and a remote onsen which you...

  • Ryuzu Waterfall
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi
    This is a sightseeing spot which is representative of Oku-Nikko and is considered to be one of the three great falls in Nikko. The highlight is the appearance of water running down over the roughly 200 meter expanse of lava rock which formed during the eruption of Mt. Nantai. It is said that the naming of Ryuzu Waterfall (dragon head waterfall) is because the waterfall looks just like a dragon’s head with white bubbles streaming down, and due to the waterfall being split into two by a large rock near to the basin under the waterfall. Between May and June is a particularly popular season when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom.
  • Senjogahara Plateau
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi
    Senjogahara Plateau is located in Oku-Nikko which is home to abundant nature, which was formerly a lake but has been transformed into a wetlands, and it is a vast area which is proportionate to the size of 85 Tokyo Domes. The god of Mt. Nantai and the god of Mt. Akagi had a battle here and thus the origin of the name of “Senjo” (battlefield) wetlands. There is a nature exploration route maintained, which you can walk through in about two hours. You can enjoy as many as 350 varieties of plants and numerous birds.
  • Watarase Reservoir
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    Fujioka cho, Tochigi-shi, Tochigi prefecture
    Watarase, the nation’s largest reservoir, is nestled within four prefectures: Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, and Ibaraki. This reservoir was constructed in order to detoxify the mineral poisons, by deposition, flowing out of the old copper mines of Ashio. Encircled by reed grasses, the whole area is a haven for foxes, badgers, wild birds, insects, and other wildlife. Visitors enjoy cycling, fishing, water sports, bird watching, and other activities. The Watarase Reservoir was registered in the Ramsar Convention in 2012.
  • Historic Limestone Cavern Genzankutsu
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasushiobarashi Shiobara 1118
    This limestone cavern is located along National Route 400 in Shiobara, Nasushiobara City. It is said that Minamoto no Aritsune, who fought in the Battle of Dannoura alongside Minamoto No Yoshitsune, secretly lived here after escaping to Shiobara to evade Minamoto no Yoritomo’s army. There are exhibits on the formation of limestone caverns and Minamoto no Aritsune, and there’s also an arms museum that features 150 pieces of gear from the Azuchi-Momoyama until the present day.

    ここは鍾乳洞ですが、鍾乳洞として見るより史跡として見る価値が高いです。 券を買ったら、おじさんが説明をしてくれます。 子供がいたので紙芝居をしてくれましたが、いられる時間によって系図を使ったお話を、お客さんがかぶってなければ短め・長めコースで話してくれるそうです。 長めコースで話しているときにその中に入っていくのはなかなか気まずい感じですね…。 源義経の腹心の家来の有綱のお話だそうです。 入口に入...

  • Yudaki Falls
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Yumoto
    This is a magnificent 110 meter long and 70 meter high waterfall which is located at the southern tip of Lake Chuzenji. The highlight is certainly the appearance of the lake all at once flowing over the rock wall at Yudaki falls which was created by a lava flow from Mt. Mitsudake which dammed up the Yukawa River to create Lake Yunoko. It is in the middle of the hiking course heading north from the Senjogahara Plateau and it is convenient to access as there is a bus stop nearby.
  • Lake Yunoko
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Yumoto
    The Lake Yunoko is a peaceful lake surrounded by mountains on three sides; it was created when the Yukawa River was dammed up by the eruption of Mt. Mitsudake. There is hiking trail around the lake with an overall length of about three kilometers, and it takes about one hour to go around the trail. This is a spot where you can enjoy unspoilt nature with wild birds chirping in the hardwood and coniferous forest. It is also known as a famous spot for trout fishing, and the place is lively with a lot of people fishing during the period when the lake is open for fishing from May to September.
  • Mt. Ohira
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    Tochigi Pref. Tochigishi Hiraichou
    "A small, 341-meter-high mountain. During the cherry blossom viewing season in spring, tea ceremony events are held here. On clear days, visitors to the top of the mountain can see all the way to Tokyo Skytree and the skyscrapers of Shinjuku. When fog covers the lowlands, the surrounding mountains peak above the mist like islands, leading to the area's nickname as the ""Matsushima of the land,"" an allusion to a city famous for its many islands. There's also a stone monument on the mountain dedicated to Yuzo Yamamoto's novel, ""A Stone by the Roadside."""
  • Kanmangafuchi Abyss
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Takumichou 8-28
    This is a beauty spot which was formed by the lava from Mt. Nantai. A stone statue of Acala is enshrined here which was installed by the high priest Koukai on a large rock on the riverbank. It is said that the name, “Kanman” comes from the last verse of Acala’s mantra. There are a group of about 70 Jizo statues on a cliff upstream on the south bank of the river and since it is said that the number of statues differ each time they are counted, they are called “Ghost Jizo”. The word “kanman” is inscribed in Sanskrit characters on the cliff in the upper stream and is said to have been done by Kobo Daishi.
  • Sesshoseki
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Yumoto
    This stone is on the northern side of Nasu Onsen-jinja Shrine in Yumoto, Nasu Town. Legends say that the hydrogen sulfide and other poisonous gases being expelled in the area represent the lingering grudge of a nine-tailed fox that morphed into a beautiful woman and kidnapped the emperor. Matsuo Basho visited the area as well and left behind a poem, and this place has been designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty as one of the locations featured in Basho’s “Oku no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North).” There is walkway around the area, but because gases are still being emitted in the vicinity, crossing the fence and approaching the site is not allowed.
  • Nikko Kirifuri Highland, Kisuge-daira Park
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Tokorono 1531
    Nikko Kirifuri Highland, Kisuge-daira Park is located around 30 minutes' drive from the Nikko Interchange of the Nikko Utsunomiya Road, via the Kirifuri-ohashi Bridge and Kirifuri Highland Road. The Park is a highland area at an elevation of around 1,200 meters on the slopes of Mt. Akanagi. It is a treasure-house of alpine plants; it is particularly famous for Brown Dwarf Day Lily flowers, around 260,000 of which can be seen in bloom from late June through into mid-July. Kisuge-daira, the area where the flowers grow, also has hiking trails for visitors to use. Starting in late October, there is beautiful autumn foliage, and in winter visitors can enjoy skiing. There is also the Nikko Kirifuri Kogen Chirorin Village leisure facility, which is ideal for both couples and families.

    丸山登山をする前には必ず立ち寄っているレストハウス。でも二階にあるこのレストランには初めて寄りましたが、居心地が良かったです。山菜そばが800円でした。お茶やお水はセルフサービス。コーヒーはフレンチプレスのようでした。以前は一階で焼きたてパンを売っていたのですが、もうなくなっちゃったのかな。残念です。

  • Kirifuri Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Tokorono
    Take the bus from JR Nikko Station, get off at the “Kirifuritaki Iriguchi” bus stop, and walk a further 15 minutes. Kirifuri Falls is considered one of the three most beautiful waterfalls in Nikko together with Urami Falls and Kegon Falls, and has also been selected as one of the 100 most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. Divided into two tiers the upper 25 meters tall and the lower 26 meters, in total this large waterfall is 75 meters tall. The name of the waterfall, meaning “falling mist,” is derived from the fall’s waters dropping onto large boulders, creating a fine mist. The trail leading to the falls’ viewing platform is famous for the beauty of the foliage in the area in autumn, and visitors can enjoy the view of the falls surrounded by colorful fall leaves from late October.
  • Yunodaira Marsh
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Yumoto
    A wetlands where the source of the waters used in the Yumoto Onsen hot spring district is found. High temperature hot springs well up from the ground in various locations around the marsh, and a sulphurous smell hangs in the air. Due to the qualities of the hot springs, the ground has been turned an ash white, and few plants grow here. The area is dotted with low huts housing pumps for drawing hot spring water. As it is dangerous to walk directly on the marsh ground, the area has been outfitted with wooden walkways for use by tourists and the people who monitor and maintain the hot spring waters.
  • Otome-no-taki (“Maiden Falls”)
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasushiobarashi Itamuro 703
    This 10-meter high, five-meter wide waterfall comes from the Sawana River of Mt. Shirosasayama, splitting into two beautiful streams and a pure white mist. There are many theories as to the name’s origin, including that the water looks like a young maiden, and a theory that a mermaid was once seen in the falls. Enjoy the clear air and pure falls hugged by mossy rocks and thick forest, or admire the unique icicle appearance in winter.
  • Mt. Nantai
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi
    A 2,486 meter tall mountain located on the north bank of Lake Chuzenji in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. Long revered as a holy mountain, the rear shrine of Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine is located at the top. Lake Chuzenji, a popular tourist destination for those visiting Nikko, was created through the mountain's volcanic activity.
  • Mt. Chausu
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Yumoto
    The highest peak in the Nasu Mountain Range. The mountain is in fact an active volcano and white smoke continues to spew from its back. A gondola can be ridden up to the ninth station of the mountain; from there, it's a 40 to 50 minute walk to reach the top. The view from the mountaintop is truly stunning. Depending on the weather, you might even be able to see a sea of clouds covering everything below. The mountain is also a popular destination to enjoy fall foliage in autumn.
  • Numappara Marshland
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Prefecture Nasushiobara City
    This marshland is situated 1,230 meters above sea level along the upper reaches of the Naka River, a river which flows through Nasushiobara City, in Tochigi Prefecture. There are walking paths for visitors to use, and from May through August, you can see subalpine plants such as eastern skunk cabbages, Nikko day lilies, and Gentiana triflora Pall. There's parking nearby which can also be used by large busses. Many tourists come here to enjoy the area's seasonal scenery.
  • Kinu-numa Swamp
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kawamata
    "A swamp located in high altitude wetlands situated roughly 2,020 meters above sea level. Also known as the ""sky top wetlands,"" visitors can see beautiful natural scenery and alpine plants such as Geum pentapetalum and bog rosemary. There's also a trekking course and many hot spring inns at the trailhead. Particularly large numbers of visitors come during the flower blooming season."

Tochigi Areas

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Most visits to Tochigi revolve around Nikko, a small city home to the spectacular, lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine and Nikko National Park with its mountains, lakes, waterfalls, onsen, and wild monkeys. Neighboring Oku-Nikko is an extension of the fantastic scenery famous for its autumn leaves, while Tochigi’s capital, Utsunomiya, is the only place in the world where you can find oya stone beautifully exhibited in temples and the Oya History Museum.

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