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An Onsen Town with Fantastic Winter Views (2-Day Trip)


Not far from Kinugawa onsen lies the tranquil Yunishikawa onsen, a place known for great food and outdoor baths.

START: Asakusa Station

1.   Michi-no-Eki Yunishikawa

A roadside station in incredible natural surroundings welcoming visitors to the historical Yunishikawa Onsen
Accessible by public transport and offering natural hot spring and foot bathing for day visitors

Michi-no-Eki Yunishikawa is a roadside station located in the north of Nikko, about 300 metres from the former Aizu-nishi highway (Route 121). It offers natural hot springs and a stone sauna, and local delicacies such as smoked salamander, strawberry buns and Bandai-mochi rice cake (not available in winter). The cafeteria serves uniquely dam-shaped rice and curry as well as locally produced soba noodles. Look out for Kurippa here, a local mascot based on a folk tale of the mythological creature Kappa. Accommodation can be arranged at the information desk. The car park has rapid charging points for electric vehicles. Located 600 metres above sea level, the location offers fine views of the natural surroundings. Enjoy the seasonal beauty of verdant greens, autumn leaves and snowy winter scenes.
Address 478-1, Nishikawa Nikko
Telephone Number 0288-78-1222
Website http://www.michinoeki-yunishigawa.jp/
Business Hours Shop opens 9am – 5pm (opening times may vary depending on the day or season)
Cafeteria opens 11am – 3pm (meals), 9:30am – 4pm (drinks)
Onsen opens 9am – 9pm (last entry at 8pm, last entry for stone sauna at 7pm)
Foot bathing opens 9am – 5pm
Information desk opens 9am – 5pm
Days Closed for Business There are occasional closures for maintenance.
DirectionsWithin a few minutes’ walk from Yunishikawa Onsen station on the Yagan Railway
↓ Tobu Limited Express Kinu 109
Kinugawa Onsen Station
↓ Tobu Kinugawa Line / Yagan Railway
Yunishigawa Onsen Station
↓ Bus
Yunishikawa Onsen
↓ 15min. on foot

2.   Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival

Enjoy fantastic evenings in this illuminated snow-filled Onsen town.

This feature festival of Yunishigawa Onsen is held from late January to early March every year. A variety of snowmen handmade by local residents of all ages welcome visitors with a warm greeting. During the day enjoy sleighing or a barbeque in the snow huts (by appointment only), in the evening rows of small huts along the river are candlelit. This illuminated snow-filled town is simply mesmerising.
Address 1042 Yunishigawa, Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-22-1525 (Nikko Tourist Association)
Website http://www.nikko-kankou.org/
Business Hours 09:00-21:00 (January 26 to March 3, 2019)
*The dates and the time may change due to temperature and weather.
Price 1day:Adult 510yen,Child 250yen Night:Adult 300yen,Child 200yen
Date ・Main site: Heike-no-sato (09:00-21:00)
・ Mini-Kamakura site at the banks of the Sawaguchi River
(17:30-21:00) From January 26 to March 3, 2019 except Wednesday and Thursdays
Venue Heike-no-sato(1042 yunishigawa,Nikko-city,Tochigi)
DirectionsBy public transport: Take the Nikko Kotsu Dial Bus from “Yunishigawa Onsen” station (Yagan Railway, Aizu Kinugawa line) to the last stop “Yunishigawa Onsen” (approx. 20 minutes), and walk about 10 minutes.
By car: Exit Imaichi IC and take Route 121 to prefectural highway Route 249. About a 70-minute drive.
*Be prepared for snow driving with winter tires or chains.

3.   Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn)

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

4.   Michi-no-Eki Nikko Kaido Nikoniko Honjin

A hub for tourism welcoming visitors to the World Heritage city of Nikko

The roadside station “Michi-no-Eki Nikko Kaido Nikoniko Honjin” held a grand opening to the public on 27 April 2015. It is located at the junction of three highways known as the Nikko Cedar Avenue (Nikko-Kaido, Aizunishi-Kaido and Reiheishi-Kaido), in the city centre of Nikko. The roadside station is a hub for tourism and transportation that leads visitors to sights such as the UNESCO World Heritage “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” and one of Japan’s most popular hot spring towns, “Kidogawa and Kawaji Onsen”. 

Nikko’s official “Michi-no-Eki” is home to a commemorative museum to the famous local composer Toru Funamura as well as restaurants and shops offering original local products, locally produced vegetable and fruits. A wide range of events take place in the performance hall and open space throughout the year.
Address 719-1 Imaichi Nikko
Telephone Number 0288-25-7771
Website http://www.nikko-honjin.jp/
Business Hours Open 9am – 5pm
Days Closed for Business Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays, in which case the roadside station is closed the next working day)
Price Admission to the Toru Funamura Commemorative Museum:
Adults 540 yen
Children (6-17 years old) 320 yen
Children (under 5) Free
DirectionsA 5-minute walk from Imaichi station on the JR Nikko line or from Shimo-Imaichi station on the Tobu Nikko line
↓ Bus
Kinugawa Onsen Station
↓ Tobu Kinugawa Line
Shimoimaichi Station
↓ on foot

5.   Local Sake and visiting Sake brewery

A product of Tochigi’s clear water and great nature

Water is an important ingredient making up 80 per cent of Sake. Tochigi has abundant clear spring water perfect for Sake, thanks to the range of mountains in the north and its one and only fresh stream near Tokyo. Skilled brewers produce a range of Sakes with unique flavours in various parts of Tochigi. Sake tasting and a tours of the production process are available at these breweries. You can also purchase Sake, cups for Sake and cosmetics and sweets made with Sake.
Address various Sake breweries in Tochigi
Telephone Number 028-622-5071 (Tochigi Sake Brewers Association)
Website http://sasara.pto.co.jp/index.html
↓ on foot
Shimoimaichi Station
↓ Transfer to Tobu Limited Express Kinu130

GOAL: Asakusa Station

Trip Route