Nikko (日光, Nikkō) is a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, most famous for Toshogu, Japan’s most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Especially known for its huge lake. Located two hours by train from central Tokyo, learn what to do with a recommended trip itinerary for a one day trip.
Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries before Toshogu was built in the 1600s, and Nikko National Park continues to offer scenic, mountainous landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, wild monkeys and hiking trails.
I spent two days in Nikko during winter and it was wonderful with the snow, nikko is a really beautiful city. I went to nikko by train with the Nikko pass world heritage that you can order in internet or at the tobu line office in asakusa. The pass cost 2500 yens and include a round trip to nikko, all the bus of the area for free during two days, and 20% cost less for most of the attraction.
I highly recommend to go in nikko during winter, the snow make the landscape so beautiful and the view from the train was wonderful while i was going deep in the country.
The first things i did when i was in nikko was visiting the Futarasan Shrine.
The shrine is accessible on foot or by bus from Nikko Station.
You can walk or take a bus from the train station.
The walk takes about 45 minutes from Nikko Station along pleasant forest-lined roads.
It will cost you 200 yens to enter and inside you have a tea house, you can take a matcha tea and it was very good.
Please enjoy here some photos that i took, in the futarasan shrine the enter is mark by a big gold tori and it situated next to the nikko famous bridge.
The Shinkyo Bridge (神橋, Shinkyō, “sacred bridge”) stands at the entrance to Nikko’s shrines and temples, and technically belongs to Futarasan Shrine.
The bridge is ranked as one of Japan’s three finest bridges together with Iwakuni’s Kintaikyo and Saruhashi in Yamanashi Prefecture.
You will enjoy the beautiful scenery where the green trees are reflected on the quiet lake surface. There are tourist facilities in the surroundings, and you will also experience Okutama culture and history.
Which is convenient with hakone is that all the world heritage is accessible by foot, from the futarasan shrine you can go to the famous toshogu temple, the big golden temple. The temple was very majestic and under the snow its was wonderful.
Nikkō Tōshō-gū is a tōshōgū-type Shinto shrine located in Tochigi Prefecture in Japan.
It is located near the city of Nikkō, in Nikkō National Park. It is also part of the shrines and temples of Nikkō.
There are the wise monkeys
After the toshogu shrine in went in my hotel near the temple and i woke up with a beautiful view on the mountain on the day two.
On the day two i went to the chuzen-ji lake and it took me one hour by bus (including in the Nikko pass, otherwise it will cost almost 4000 yens for the round trip to the lake)
Lake Chuzenji (中禅寺湖, Chūzenjiko) is a scenic lake in the mountains above the town of Nikko. It is located at the foot of Mount Nantai, Nikko’s sacred volcano, whose eruption blocked the valley below, thereby creating Lake Chuzenji about 20,000 years ago.
Here some photos of the lake, the view was wonderful.
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