Nikko Travel Guide

Nikko is located in the northwest area of Tochigi Prefecture.

Nikko is a popular destination for domestic and international travelers because of its World Heritage Sites, lush nature, and its proximity to Tokyo (within 1 hour).  It is possible to make a daytrip to Nikko from Tokyo, however, the area has substantial accommodations including Kinugawa Onsen Hot Spring, which is one of the best in Tochigi Prefecture.

A popular sightseeing spot in Nikko is the Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine which is a World Heritage Site.  Here, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Shogunate, is enshrined.  Every May 17 and 18, an elaborate festival called “Reitaisai” is carried out at Nikko Toshogu Shrine.  The “Hyakumono Zoroi Sennin Mushagyouretsu” parade is a must-see.  This parade is a recreation of the reburial of Tokugawa Ieyasu which in actuality took place between Kunozan Toshogu Shrine in Shizuoka Precture to Nikko.  During this festival, people parade dressed in samurai attire and armor.

In addition to Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine, the area has shrines and temples such as Nikko Futarasan Shrine and Nikko-san Rinno-ji Temple which are also World Heritage Sites.  In addition, Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura features streets which are recreations of the Edo period, and this area which creates a sense of time travel, is visited by many tourists throughout the year.  The area features sightseeing spots where visitors can enjoy the great outdoors such as Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzen-ji, Mt.Nantai-san and Iroha-zaka where fall foliage is beautiful, and Ryuzu Falls.

The various sightseeing spots can be accessed by bus or car from Nikko Station.  From surrounding major cities, Nikko Station can be reached by taking the Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train to Utsunomiya Station, and transferring to the Nikko Line.

Tourism information: Nikko

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