Nikko National Park: Loved by Ambassadors of Various Countries

Nikko National Park: Loved by Ambassadors of Various Countries

  • START Nikko Station
  • Approx. 10 minutes by bus
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    Nikko Toshogu

    Nikko Toshogu Shrine

    The Shrine where Ieyasu Tokugawa, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, is enshrined
    The most renowned shrine of “the Shrines and Temples of Nikko”-a Japan’s leading world heritage, is where Ieyasu Tokugawa, the great Shogun who started the flourishing Edo Period, is enshrined. Most of the shrine complex you see today was rebuilt in 17th century. The shrine contains 55 buildings including 8 national treasures and 34 listed buildings. The highlights are sumptuous carvings lacquered and richly coloured brilliantly, which you will gaze at craftsmanship assembled from all over the country. Do not miss the symbol of peace “Sleeping Cat”, and the “Three Monkeys” with the “see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil” poses!
    Address 2301 Sannai, Nikko-city, Tochigi
    Telephone Number 0288-54-0560
    Website http://www.toshogu.jp/english/index.html
    Business Hours 08:00-17:00 (April to October)
    08:00-16:00 (November to March)
    *Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time throughout the year.
    Days Closed for Business No closing days
  • Approx. 1 hour by bus
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    Chuzenji Onsen

    An Onsen in this long-loved summer resort
    This Onsen town on the northern shore of Lake Chuzenji, situated 1,250 metres above sea level, is popular as a summer resort and as a place of scenic beauty for autumn leaves. The hot spring water contains high levels of hydrogen sulphide and though the original temperature of the water is 78℃, it becomes cool enough to soak in while travelling 12 kilometres to Chuzenji Onsen. The town is close to the Kegon Waterfall and offers beautiful seasonal scenery.
    Address Chugushi, Nikko-city, Tochigi
    Telephone Number 0288-55-0067 (Chuzenji Onsen Ryokan Cooperative)
    Website http://www.chuzenji.jp/index.html
    DirectionsBy rail or bus: approx.40-minute by Tobu bus from Nikko station on the JR Nikko line or Tobu Nikko line for Chuzenji Onsen or Yumoto Onsen
    By car: Take the Nikko Utsunomiya road from Utsunomiya IC to Kiyotaki IC, approx.30-minute drive from there
  • Approx. 5 minutes by bus or approx. 20 minutes on foot
    3

    British Embassy Villa Memorial Park

    Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
    After 120 years, the former British Embassy Villa opened its doors to the public as the British Embassy Villa Memorial Park on 1 July 2016. Ernest Satow, a British diplomat who contributed Japan’s Meiji Restoration, built a private villa at the south bank of the Lake Chuzenji in 1896. He loved Oku-Nikko, especially Lake Chuzenji as the area reminded him of the natural landscape of his home country. The villa was used as the British Embassy summer residence until 2008 before being donated to Tochigi prefecture in 2010 to be opened to the general public.

    In the early years of the villa, Satow’s friend Isabella Bird stayed here for a month and wrote of the impressive landscape of the villa.

    The British Embassy Villa Memorial Park presents exhibitions on British culture and the history of Oku-Nikko as an international summer resort. Visitors can lose themselves in this historic setting while enjoying teatime in the villa (additional charges apply) and Satow’s favourite picturesque view of Lake Chuzenji from the spacious veranda on the upper floor.

    Please note that the nearby Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park introduced admission fees from 1 April 2016, to provide better services and information on the nature, history and culture of the international summer resorts.
    Address 2482 Chugushi Nikko
    Telephone Number 0288-55-0880 (Nikko Natural Science Museum)
    Website http://www.nikko-nsm.co.jp/
    Business Hours Opening times during 2018: Open during April to November
    Open 9am – 5pm (1 May to 10 November), 9am – 4pm (April and 11 November to 30 November)
    Closed on Mondays in April, May and November
    Price Admission:
    Adults 200 yen, Children (4-15 years old) 100 yen
    Combination tickets with Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park:
    Adults 300 yen, Children (4-15 years old) 150 yen
    DirectionsTake the Tobu bus from JR Nikko station or Tobu Nikko station to Yumoto Onsen or Chuzenji Onsen and alight at the “Chuzenji Onsen” stop. Transfer to the bus for Hangetsusan (a 5-minute ride) to the “Italia, Eikoku Taishikan Besso Kinen Koen Iriguchi” stop and walk 5 minutes.
  • Approx. 5 minutes by bus or approx. 20 minutes on foot
    4

    Chuzenji Onsen

    An Onsen in this long-loved summer resort
    This Onsen town on the northern shore of Lake Chuzenji, situated 1,250 metres above sea level, is popular as a summer resort and as a place of scenic beauty for autumn leaves. The hot spring water contains high levels of hydrogen sulphide and though the original temperature of the water is 78℃, it becomes cool enough to soak in while travelling 12 kilometres to Chuzenji Onsen. The town is close to the Kegon Waterfall and offers beautiful seasonal scenery.
    Address Chugushi, Nikko-city, Tochigi
    Telephone Number 0288-55-0067 (Chuzenji Onsen Ryokan Cooperative)
    Website http://www.chuzenji.jp/index.html
    DirectionsBy rail or bus: approx.40-minute by Tobu bus from Nikko station on the JR Nikko line or Tobu Nikko line for Chuzenji Onsen or Yumoto Onsen
    By car: Take the Nikko Utsunomiya road from Utsunomiya IC to Kiyotaki IC, approx.30-minute drive from there
  • 5 minutes on foot
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    Kegon-no-Taki

    Kegon Waterfall

    97 Metres high, Kegon has been designated one of Japan’s Three Most Beautiful Waterfalls
    Kegon Waterfall is the most famous of Nikko’s 48 waterfalls. Water from Lake Chuzenji falls 97 metres straight down to the rocks below creating a dynamic and artistic work of nature. A special lift takes visitors to the basin where the force and roar of the water can be witnessed close up! Impressive in any season, the waterfall looks particularly spectacular when surrounded by the fresh green leaves in May, house martins in June, or the “12 falls” - small streams of the frozen waterfall clad in blue ice - during January and February.
    Address Chugushi, Nikko-city, Tochigi
    Telephone Number 0288-55-0030
    Website http://kegon.jp/
    Business Hours 08:00-17:00 (March, April and November)
    09:00-16:30 (December to February)
    07:30-18:00 (May to September)
    07:30-17:00 (October)
    Price Adult 550yen Child 330yen (a return ticket for the lift)
    DirectionsHow to get there: Take the Tobu bus from JR or Tobu Nikko station for Chuzenji Onsen, get off at “Chuzenji Onsen” bus stop (approx. 40 minutes) and walk about 5 minutes.
  • On foot
    6

    Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn)

  • 20 minutes by bus
    7

    Yutaki Falls

    This is a waterfall 70 meters in height and 110 meters in length at the southern end of Lake Yuno. You can descend to the basin under the waterfall and view its powerful appearance from an observation platform. It is found on the hiking course heading to the north from Senjogahara. It is also near to the Yutaki Iriguchi bus stop.
  • 2 and a half hours on foot
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    Ryuzu Falls

    An iconic waterfall in Oku-Nikko renowned as one of the five greatest falls in Nikko
    Ryuzu Falls cascades 210 metres down 10-metre wide terraces of volcanic rock from a historic eruption of Mount Nantai. The name “Ryuzu” (dragon’s head) comes from the presence at the base of the falls where a huge rock splits the waterfall in two. The area is popular for its stunning views of red and purple azalea blossoms in May and June as well as the autumnal red leaves in late September. The viewing platform offers the best view of the waterfall surrounded by the colours of the season. Ryuzu Falls is a popular location for visitors and is known as one of the five best falls in Nikko, along with Kegon Falls, Kirifuri Falls, Urami Falls and Yu Waterfall.
    Address Chugushi Nikko
    Telephone Number 0288-54-2496 (Nikko City Tourism Association, Nikko Branch)
    DirectionsA 60-minute bus ride from JR Nikko station or Tobu Nikko station
  • Approx. 1 hour by bus
    GOAL Around Nikko Station

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