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Trip to Cool Down in Summer at the Summer Resort of Nikko

Why don't you fully take in the great nature in a cool area on a trip in summer?


1.   Lake Chuzenji

Enjoy a spectacular view from the excursion boat!

Lake Chuzenji is the largest lake in Tochigi, framed by 25 kilometres of incredible nature. The area used to be a popular summer resort for foreigners in the late 19th to early 20th centuries. The villas of French and Belgian embassies can still be found here. You can enjoy seasonal charms by the lake. Walking trails surround the water’s edge and there is an excursion boat available on the lake. The views from the lake are spectacular, particularly when the cherry blossoms or azaleas are blooming or when the autumn leaves are turning. The “Koyo-meguri” tour, enjoying autumn leaves reflecting on the lake, is highly recommended.
Address Chugushi, Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-54-2496 (Nikko Tourist Association, Nikko branch)
Date Cherry blossoms in full bloom in early to mid-May
DirectionsHow to get there: Take the Tobu bus for Yumoto Onsen from JR or Tobu Nikko station, get off at the “Chuzenji Onsen” bus stop and walk about 5 minutes.
20-minute drive

2.   Senjogahara/Odashirogahara Marshlands

Find your favourite trail, and feel the magic of the seasons!

Senjogahara in Nikko is one of the nation’s most renowned marshland areas. You can enjoy a variety of nature trails, 350 kinds of wild plants, and many species of wild birds. The trails offer magnificent views of the marshland with Mt. Nantai in the background, and an array of natural panoramas. The neighbouring Odashirogahara consists of unique grass and marshlands. The famous Japanese white birch tree known as “the lady of Odashirogahara” can be flound here.
Address Chugushi, Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-54-2496 (Nikko Tourist Association, Nikko branch)
DirectionsHow to get there: Take the Tobu bus from JR or Tobu Nikko station for Yumoto Onsen, get off at “Sanbonmatsu” bus stop (approx. 50 minutes). The Senjogahara observatory is a one-minute walk from the stop.

3.   Oku-Nikko Night Hiking

This is a tour to fully take in the charms of nature at night while being guided around inside Nikko National Park. You will be able to see creatures that can only be seen at night and experience the magnificence of the nature under a night sky that extends out in the clear air. Please enjoy the nature of Nikko that is different to that during the day.

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4.   Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn)

You can find accommodations on the websites below.
1-hour drive

5.   Shaved ice made with Nikko’s natural spring water

Enjoy an exceptional shaved ice made with Nikko’s natural spring water, painstakingly crafted by local vendors!
30-minute drive

6.   White Water Rafting

One of the best attractions at Kinugawa Onsen

Jump in a rubber boat and work together with your fellow rafters to navigate the white water. Experience the natural surroundings in a way unknown to drivers or walkers. Follow the flow of the river, listen to streams and birds singing, dive into the water from the surrounding rocks, and fly down the rapids as if on a roller coaster, a variety of thrills are waiting for you!
Address 1416-1 Ohara, Kinugawa Onsen, Nikko-city, Tochigi (Rafting and Canyoning Service)
Telephone Number 0288-77-2030 ( (eRafting) Prior booking essential)
Date Seasons Recommended: late April to early November
DirectionsBy public transport: approx.5-minute walk from Kinugawa Onsen station on the Tobu kinugawa line
By car: Exit Imaichi IC and take Route 121. Approx.30-minute drive


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