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Nikko (隴鯉ス・陷医・ Nikk・・・ is a beautiful town located at the entrance to Nikko National Park, one of the most stunning natural parks in Japan.

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About Nikko

Nikko (隴鯉ス・陷医・ Nikk・・・, nestled at Nikko National Park's gateway, boasts Toshogu, Japan's opulent shrine and Tokugawa Ieyasu's mausoleum, epitomizing Nikko's rich cultural heritage.

Preceding Toshogu's 1600s construction, Nikko thrived as a hub for Shinto and Buddhist mountain reverence, a tradition upheld amidst the park's picturesque terrain: mountains, lakes, cascades, hot springs, wild primates, and hiking trails.

Renowned for vibrant autumn hues (koyo), Nikko and Okunikko, encircling Lake Chuzenji, offer stunning foliage. Typically, colors cascade from Yumoto Onsen in early October, peak around Lake Chuzenji and Irohazaka road in mid to late October, and grace Nikko town in early November.

Getting around

Nikko's renowned shrines and temples convene in a compact area merely two kilometers from Tobu and JR Nikko Stations. Accessible by bus, a 10-minute ride (350 yen one way or 600 yen for a day pass) or a leisurely 30-40-minute stroll along Nikko's main street offers a picturesque journey.

Two bus lines serve the shrines and temples: those bound for Lake Chuzenji halt at "Shinkyo" and "Nishisando" stops, followed by a brief 5-10-minute walk to the sites. Additionally, the World Heritage Meguri loop bus circulates every 15-20 minutes, stopping closer to the attractions. Alight at "Omotesando" for Toshogu and Rinnoji or "Taiyuin-Futarasanjinja-mae" for Taiyuin and Futarasan Shrine, with bus fares covered by Tobu free passes.

Getting there
  • From Tokyo: Nikko is located about 125 kilometers north of Tokyo and makes a good one or two day trip from Tokyo. Nikko is connected with Tokyo by Tobu Railway and Japan Railways (JR)

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