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

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
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    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 city, Tochigi prefecture
    Telephone Number 0288-78-1222
    Business Hours Shops 9:00 - 17:00
    Restaurants 10:30 - 15:00
    Onsen 9:30 - 21:00
    *Closed every 3rd Tuesday
    Information dest 9:00 - 5:00
    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
    Suggested Time
    2 hours
    Yunishigawa Kamakura Matsuri

    【Cancelled for 2021】Yunishigawa-onsen KAMAKURA Snow House 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. Hundreds of small snow houses (mini-kamakura) are built and lighted up by candle lights. During the day enjoy sleighing or a barbeque in the snow house (by appointment only). This illuminated snow-filled town is simply mesmerising.
    Address 1042 Yunishigawa, Nikko-city, Tochigi
    Telephone Number 0288-22-1525 (Nikko City Tourism Association)
    Business Hours 09:00-21:00
    *17:30- Light up
    *The dates and the time may change due to temperature and weather.
    Days Closed for Business Sawaguchi mini kamakura area
    Closed : every Wendnesday and Thursday
    Price Heike-no-sato venue
    1day : Adult 510yen, Child 250yen
    Night-time(17:00-21:00) : Adult 300yen, Child 200yen
    *Free admission for Sawaguchi mini kamakura area
    Date Late January to early March
    Venue Heike-no-sato(1042 yunishigawa,Nikko-city,Tochigi)
    Directions[Heike-no-sato venue]
    By 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).
    [Sawaguchi mini kamakura area]
    10 minutes walk from Heike-no-sato venue.
    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.
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    Suggested Time
    Stay one night in Yunishikawa Onsen

    Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn)

    You can find accommodations on the websites below.
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    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, “Kinugawa 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
    Business Hours Toru Funamura Commemorative Museum
    Hours 9:00 - 17:00
    Closed Every Tuesdays, New Year's holidays

    Rental Space
    Hours 17:00 - 21:00

    Hours 9:00 - 18:00
    Closed Every third Tuesdays

    Hours 11:00 - 19:00
    *Last order 18:30
    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 550 yen
    Children (6-17 years old) 320 yen
    Children (under 5) Free
    Directions5-minute walk from Imaichi station (JR) or Shimo-imaichi station (Tobu railway)
  • ↓ Bus
    Kinugawa Onsen Station
    ↓ Tobu Kinugawa Line
    Shimoimaichi Station
    ↓ on foot
    Suggested Time
    2 hours
    Tochigi no Meishu to Shuzo Taiken

    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)
  • ↓ on foot
    Shimoimaichi Station
    ↓ Transfer to Tobu Limited Express Kinu130
    GOAL Asakusa Station

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