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Onsen and Theme Parks for the Family! (2-Day Trip)


Two hours from Tokyo is Kinugawa, historically renowned for onsen, theme parks and beautiful natural scenery.

Highly recommended for tourists of all ages.

START: Asakusa Station

1.   Ryuo-kyo Canyon

A dynamic scenic beauty of richly varied rocks

Volcanic rocks, having been eroded by the flow of the Kinugawa River, produce a dynamic vista resembling a dragon wriggling around. You can see this 3-kilometre vista between Kawaji Onsen and Kinugawa Onsen. Many tourists come to see the stunning autumn leaves from late October to early November. The 7-kilometre nature trail leading to Kawaji Onsen is highly recommended for a nice walk.
Address Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-76-4111 (Nikko-city, Fujiwara Sogo branch, tourism division)
Website http://www.city.nikko.lg.jp/kankou/index.html
Directionsa minute from Ryuo-kyo station on the Aizu Kinugawa line of the Yagan Railway
↓ Tobu Limited Express Kinu 109
Kinugawa Onsen Station
↓ 5 min. on foot

2.   Kinugawa River Boat Ride

See incredible seasonal scenery from on board a traditional wooden boat!

A feature attraction of the Kinugawa River are the river cruises always popular with tourists. Glide along the river and enjoy the incredibly scenic valley. Depending on the season the 40-minute boat ride is a fun way to explore the memorable scenery of wild cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, sounds of kingfishers and ayu fish swimming in summer or the red leaves of autumn.
Address 1414 Ohara, Kinugawa Onsen, Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-77-0531 (Kinu Kogen Kaihatsu K.K.)
Website http://linekudari.com/
Business Hours 09:00-15:45 (Check in 20 minutes before boarding)
Days Closed for Business late November to early April
DirectionsBy public transport: 5-minute walk from “Kinugawa Onsen” station (Tobu Kinugawa line)
By car: Exit Imaichi IC and take Route 121. About 20-minute drive (to the dock)

3.   Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn)

You can find accommodations on the websites below.
Bookig.com
agoda

Kinugawa Onsen Station
↓15 min. by bus

4.   Nikko Edo Wonderland

Travel back to the Edo period and experience their life and culture!

Edo is the former name of Tokyo used until the late 19th century. This theme park authentically recreates town life in the Edo period. The huge village consists of rows of merchant houses, a samurai mansion, a Ninja village and much more. The culture of the Edo period comes alive through the townspeople and events, you can even put on a costume and join in yourself! The cultural park offers a real experience of the life and culture of the Edo period via their seven theatres, museums on history and culture and even Edo-style restaurants.
Address 470-2 Karakura, Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-77-1055
Website http://www.edowonderland.net
Business Hours 09:00-17:00 (March 20 to November 30)
09:30-16:00 (December 1 to March 19)
*Last admission is one hour before closing time.
Days Closed for Business Wednesdays (except Spring and Summer Holidays, Bank Holidays and New Year Holidays)
DirectionsBy rail: Take the Tobu Kinugawa line to “Kinugawa Onsen” station. From there, 15-minute local bus ride
By car: Exit Imaichi IC and take Route 121 for about 15 minutes
Kinugawa Onsen Station
↓Tobu Limited Express Kinu 134

GOAL: Asakusa Station

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