Spots in Nikko / Kinugawa / Lake Chuzenji Area

  • EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura
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    4.0
    601 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Karakura 470-2
    This Edo-period theme park is located in Karakura, Nikko City. You’ll find authentic-feeling replicas of everything from merchant district to warrior homes, ninja villages, and many other areas inspired by Edo-period townscapes. There’s a facility where visitors can dress up as Edo-period townspeople and warriors, as well as a playhouse, restaurant, and Edo artisanal experiences, allowing them to truly feel like they’re in the Edo period. Many seasonal events are held as well.

    A wonderful experience to discover the Edo period from the houses, businesses to lifestyle of courtisans, Samarai, Ninja and artisans, very similar concept to our Sovereign Hill in Ballarat...

  • Tobu World Square
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    4.0
    562 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kinugawaonsenohara 209-1
    You’ll find this theme park in Kinugawaonsen-ohara, Nikko City along National Route 121. There’s an exhibit featuring miniature versions of 102 famous structures throughout the world, including 46 World Heritage Sites, built at 1/25 the size. In addition to photo opportunities, you’ll find full-scale Statue of Liberty footprints and other features that allow you to compare the size of the miniature replicas.

    2,800 yen for adults. Quite a big park to walk about and admire the mini sized architectures. There’s is winter illumination after sunset during autumn and winter. If you look close enough you will...

  • Nikko Toshogu Shrine
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2301
    A shrine located in Sannai, Nikko City. It was founded in 1617 as a shrine dedicated to the Tosho Daigongen (Tokugawa Ieyasu). There are many buildings including eight National Treasures and 34 Important Cultural Properties in the shrine grounds as well as the beautifully adorned and richly colored carvings of the Three Wise Monkeys—Mizaru, Iwazaru and Kikazaru (see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil)—and the Nemuri-neko (sleepy cat) attributed to Hidari Jingoro. Nikko Toshogu is also registered as a World Heritage Site as one of the Shrines and Temples of Nikko.

    There are too many valuable things in Nikko, but what you cannot miss is Toshogu, and its highlights are Yomeimon Gate and Okumiya. This is the bottom part of the shrine, and once only Shogun was...

  • Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park
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    4.5
    313 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Honchou 8-27
    This is a Tochigi prefectural urban park which was landscaped in 1899 as a place of convalescence for Emperor Taisho. One part of the former Akasaka homestead of the Edo daimyo, Kishu Tokugawa was moved to its current location at the wealthy person’s villa which formerly existed here. Even after that, additional buildings were added but the overall harmony was retained. The building has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan, and it is possible to tour the interior of the building. You can enjoy the various scenery from season to season starting with the 400-year-old weeping cherry tree in the garden.

    The Villa is very well maintained and surprisingly large. Not as old as some in Japan but full of traditional architecture and styling. The gardens are beautifully maintained and well worth a wander...

  • Kinugawakanaya Hotel
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    4.5
    160 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kinugawaonsenohara 1394

    Exactly whats written on the tin. The classic hotel in Nikko. Great location - top of the hill - for the sacred shrines and temples, and for jumping off to the lakes further up the valley. But close...

  • Kegon Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Ashio Copper Mine
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    4.0
    121 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Ashiomachitsudou 9-2
    The Ashio Copper Mine in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture was once the mining capital of Japan. It supplied the nation’s copper industry for about 400 years until closure. A portion of the mine is open to visitors, and a trolley train lets you tour the inside and learn about the mining industry through the ages, the history of the mines, and the mining process.

    The Ashio Copper Mine operated for more than 300 years before it was closed in 1973 and produced more copper than any other mine in Japan. Visitors ride a little train into the mine and then walk...

  • Takino Jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    112 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2310-1
    Associated with Futarasan Jinja Shrine, this shrine is located approximately one kilometer from the main shrine. Tagorihime-no-Mikoto, the princess of Onamuchi-no-Mikoto, is enshrined here. The shrine is encompassed by a fence and is built in a quiet space amidst the trees where Tagorihime is said to have descended to earth. Sights to see include the Kodane-ishi, where visitors offer prayers for conception and easy childbirth, the Enmusubi-no-Sasa, and the Undameshi-no-torii, a stone torii gate where it is customary to try your luck tossing stones through the small hole near the top. Shiraito Falls located nearby is also a must-see.

    We did the temples, shrines and the Imperial Villa, but this was the best thing we did in Nikko. The trail starts near the Shinkyo Sacred Bridge and proceeds up the mountain past the Toshogu Shrine...

  • Nikkosan  Chuzen-ji Temple
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi 2578
    This temple belonging to the Tendai sect located near Lake Chuzenji in Nikko City is a branch temple of Nikko Rinnoji Temple. It began when Shodo Shonin, the founder of the Nikkozan religious sites witnessed Senju-kannon (the thousand arm Kannon goddess) appearing on the lake and carved an image of the Kannon in a standing tree or “tachiki,” which became the principal object of worship at the temple. It is the eighteenth temple in the Bando pilgrimage circuit (comprised of 33 Kannon temples in the Kanto region). People worship the Tachiki Kannon in the hondo (main temple building) as the shoganjoju Buddha, which is believed to grant people’s requests of various kinds, and the mido hall which enshrines Hashiridaikokuten is often visited by people praying for safe childbirth, the return of runaway family members, and to prevent their partner from having an affair.

    There is a very famous and historical big statue of Buddhist Goddess of Mercy with Thousand Arms, which is called Senju Kannon in Japan. This temple registered in UNESCO. When i went here, i was so...

  • Okukinu Onsen Hotel Kaniyu
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kawamata 871
    This onsen hotel located in Nikko City’s Kawamata district in Tochigi Prefecture also allows day trip bathing. They draw their hot spring water from five different sources, so guests can enjoy onsen flowing with an abundance of natural hot spring water. The rotemburo (outdoor baths) which are surrounded by river stones allow bathers to appreciate the appearance of a secluded hot spring with the nature of the inner Kinu area and the cloudy hot water. There are also a mixed outdoor bath set apart in a narrow area, a private outdoor bath, and indoor bathing areas. During dinner when staying overnight, in addition to trying locally harvested mountain vegetables and river fish, guests can also make advance reservations to try specialties like deer meat.

    I have always wanted to go to a mountain onsen in the snow and we were lucky enough to catch a little! We missed the last bus up the mountain and had to take a cab. The cab was expensive, but it was...

  • Lake Chuzenji
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Roadside Station Nikko Highway Niko-Niko Honjin
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
    Transportation
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Imaichi 719-1
    This roadside station is located in an urban area on the side of National Route 119. It features a wide variety of facilities including a produce market that offers Nikko produce, a restaurant that offers some of the area's specialties, and more. Another one its attractions includes the Toru Funamura Memorial Museum. The station is located near attractions such as the shrines and temples of Nikko, Kinugawa Onsen, and Kawaji Onsen, and is visited by many tourists.

    道の駅というので寄ってみました。中はまるでスーパーのようで、いろいろな品が置いてありました。団体旅行のバスが何台か停まっており、外人旅行者がお土産をたくさん買っていました。日本人だとあまり面白くないかな。

  • Roadside Station Yunishigawa
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Transportation
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Nishikawa 478-1
    "This roadside station located on the side of National Route 121 is connected directly to Yagan Railway Yunishigawa-onsen Station. The roadside station features a day spa offering baths fed by free-flowing hot spring, bedrock bath, free foot baths, and more. It also features a restaurant that offers ""dam curry,"" a shop, and other facilities. The station, which also serves as the terminal for amphibious bus tours, is visited by many tourists."

    野岩鉄道線湯西川温泉駅の隣にある道の駅です。お土産売り場や喫茶店があるため電車の待ち時間に利用できます。さらに足湯もあります。

  • Hatcho no Yu (Okukinu Onsenkyo)
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    4.5
    68 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kawamata 876
    A day-trip hot spring in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. This 100% free flowing natural hot spring is known as Kanto's final secret hot spring. Come enjoy their open-air bath which first opened in 1929 as well as their mixed bathing bath and ladies only waterfall bath. They are known for their gentle water quality which soaks into the skin and is less irritating and less of a burden to the body.

    Hatcho No Yu is as beautiful as it looks in the pictures, has an excellent, friendly staff, and serves amazing meals. Staying there got me out of the hustle and bustle of urban Japan to a quiet place...

  • Nikko-Kirifuri Highland Ozasa Farm
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    3.5
    71 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Seno Ogasawara 3405
    This dairy cattle ranch in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture has a great view of the Kanto Plain. It's a great spot for fun in the midst of nature with a petting zoo, an adventure playground, a huge sled, and a pasture. Their butter and ice cream making workshops are popular. Don't miss their mutton barbecue, the ranch's specialty.

    Lots of tour buses stop here, there is a large souvenir /confectionery shop and several food stalls. For a place that is known for producing milk, the soft serve was disappointing (too icy and...

  • Nikko Saru Gundan
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    3.5
    61 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Karakura 763
    Visitors at this leisure facility can enjoy watching monkeys act in plays, do street performances, and more. It is famous for having produced Taro and Jiro, a trainer-monkey pair that was once the star of many TV commercials. In addition to the exhibit areas, the facility also a number of attractions where visitors can play with the monkeys. The area where visitors can take a photo while holding baby Japanese macaques is gaining popularity.

    The show is very entertaining and lengthy. Price is very reasonable (you can discount when you purchase the admission tickets are the Tobu station travel center inside the station) compared to other...

  • Kinugawa Onsen Ropeway
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    3.5
    48 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kinugawaonsentaki 834
    A ropeway for tourists located in the Kinugawa Onsen hot spring resort village. The ropeway connects Kinugawaonsen-Sanroku Station at the base of a large hill to a scenic overlook at its summit. Also known as “Osaru no Yama” (“Monkey Mountain”), several Japanese macaques are kept at the scenic overlook. Visitors can purchase food to give to the monkeys. Onsen-jinja Shrine stands at the rear of the scenic overlook and enshrines a portion of the deity which the Toyokawa Inari-jinja shrine houses. Viewed as a god of both business prosperity and hot springs, many locals come here to pray for good luck.

    A large cage filled with relaxed looking monkeys and nothing else. Walking path was closed due to bear threat. 5 minute activity but costs around 1000 yen.

  • British Embassy Villa Memorial Park
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi 2482
    A history museum standing on the shore of Lake Chuzenji. The building was constructed in 1896 as a personal villa for Ernest Mason Satow, a British diplomat who significantly influenced the Meiji restoration, and was later used as a villa for the British Embassy. The museum contains displays presenting the life of Satow, while the café on the second floor serves tea and scones prepared under the direction of the chef of the British Embassy in Japan. Here visitors can enjoy an elegant moment of relaxation while gazing at the scenery of the Okunikko area which famed 19th century English traveler Isabella Bird loved so much.

    Fully agree with Ries Dec.2017 review. I day-tripped from Nikko on a heaving bus but almost all opted for other sights. I used the boat - with English commentary - to reach the villa, then walked...

  • Kotoku Farm
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    3.5
    45 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi 2452
    Located within Nikko National Park in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture, this farm has cows and horses roaming free in the spacious pasture. Famous for its fresh milk and milky-rich ice cream, it also has a restaurant with popular steaks and burgers. There is a walkable path around the farm, so you can stroll and enjoy some pastoral views of cows grazing.

    Kotoku farm located walking distance from Nikko Astraea Hotel but the farm is not near the main road so few tourists know about it. It is not a working dairy farm so you can only see a few of the...

  • Shinkyo Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kamihatsuishimachi
    The Shinkyo Bridge is a beautiful bridge that hangs at the entrance into the mountains of Nikko, and is a structure which belongs to Futarasan Shrine. At the end of the Nara period, on the occasion of Shodo Shonin founding a temple, he sought divine assistance from gods and Buddhas as he was blocked from crossing the Daiya River. Thereupon, Jinja-ou (the God of the River) had appeared and released two snakes. Legend has it that mountain sedge sprouted from the backs of those two snakes and they turned into a bridge which is the Shinkyo Bridge. The bridge was built in its current vermillion-lacquered form in 1636. Thereafter, it was washed away by a flood, but it was rebuilt in 1904. It is an Important Cultural Property of Japan and it was also registered as a World Heritage site in 1999. The Shinkyo bridge is regarded as one of the three most eccentric bridges in Japan.

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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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