Things to do in Nikko

Top Things to Do in Nikko

Things to Do in Nikko

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  • izyphotos
    Mascot, Australia705 contributions
    Toshogu Shrine is a magnificent memorial to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan for over 250 years. The lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a dozen buildings set in a beautiful forest. Countless wood carvings and large amounts of gold leaf were used to decorate the buildings in a way not seen elsewhere in Japan, where simplicity has been traditionally stressed in shrine architecture. Among the many buildings at Toshogu, particularly notable ones include a pretty five story pagoda in front of the main entrance gate. Despite Covid, there were long lines to enter. Admission fee is 1300 yen. Easily accessible with the world heritage bus ticket and get off at stop 82/83.
    Written 7 January 2022
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  • Bria T
    Bendigo, Australia129 contributions
    Visited recently on a trip with teens from Australia studying Japanese. This was one of the highlights from the trio - better than disney i think. So much to do, see and learn. Take the kids!!
    Written 9 October 2019
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  • Hiroaki Kaneko
    Tokyo, Japan2,555 contributions
    言わずと知れた日光を代表する観光スポットの一つです。落差約100mを大量の水が一気に流れ落ちる様は、遠くから見ても見応えがあり、常に観光客が絶えず訪れるスポットの一つでもあります。
    華厳の滝を鑑賞する展望設備は2か所あり、1か所は有料で専用のエレベーターで入口より約100m下の『観瀑台』まで降ります。もう一つは入口付近の展望台で、滝を眼下に見下ろすことが出来、こちらは無料で利用可能です。『観瀑台』では、滝より距離があるにもかかわらず滝の水しぶきを直に感じることが出来るため、例え真夏の日中であってもひんやりとしています。長居しすぎると髪や服がかなり濡れてしまうこともあるので注意が必要です。
    いずれの季節も見応えがありますが、紅葉のシーズンは人が多すぎて、『観瀑台』へ降りるのに時間がかかりすぎたりうまく写真に収められなかったりと、少しガッカリするかもしれません。逆に冬は観光客もそれほど多くなく、雪に覆われた滝の美しい景色が見られます。運がいいと、氷瀑を見ることが出来るかもしれません!

    It's one of the most famous tourist spots in Nikko. The sight of a large amount of water flowing down about 100 meters drop is spectacular even from a distance, and it's one of the spots that is always visited by tourists.
    There are two observation decks where you can view Kegon Falls, one is a pay-per-use elevator that takes you down to the viewing platform about 100 meters below the entrance. The other is a viewing platform near the entrance, where you can look down on the waterfall, and it is free of charge. At the waterfall viewing platform, you can directly feel the spray of the waterfall even though it's far away from the waterfall, so it's cool even in the middle of the summer day. Be careful not to stay too long, as your hair and clothes may get very wet.
    All seasons are worth seeing, but during the season of autumn leaves, you may be a little disappointed because there are too many tourists and it takes too long to get down to the viewing platform and take pictures. On the other hand, in winter, there are not so many tourists and you can see the beautiful scenery of the waterfall covered with snow. If you're lucky, you might even get to see an ice fall!
    Written 3 October 2021
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  • geotech522
    5,593 contributions
    Being in March, it was quite quiet on Lake Chuzenji. No boats were operating and there was not much activity along the lake shore. But it was a beautiful scene, looking out over the water and seeing the majestic mountains surrounding the lake. Certainly would have been much better to get out on the lake, but it was peaceful and tranquil.
    Written 9 October 2019
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  • 100nights19flights
    Japan234 contributions
    Beautiful falls that tumble down a steeply sloped rocky surface. The base is the most impressive. The view from the top is worthwhile. You can climb the endless steps but there is also free but limited parking along the highway beside lake Yuno.
    Written 12 August 2021
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  • Ramadurai R
    Cincinnati, OH122 contributions
    Enjoyed this cascading water fall, especially the fauna around it. When we visited both sides were blooming with different color flowers
    Written 4 June 2021
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  • Hiroaki Kaneko
    Tokyo, Japan2,555 contributions
    江戸幕府三代目将軍である徳川家光を祀った霊廟である。彼の遺言では、祖父である徳川家康を祀る日光東照宮を超えないように地味な廟にするように、ということであるが、それでも各建物の梁や柱などの細部に至るまで緻密な彫刻は、豪華絢爛というに相応しい。
    日光東照宮にある『見ざる聞かざる言わざる』や『眠り猫』のような、名物スポットとなり得るようなユニークな彫刻作品は少ないため(仁王門の仁王像は、色合いも豪華で見応えがある)、写真撮影等の目的で観光客で混雑するようなスポットはほとんどない。二荒山神社より西に位置し、日光東照宮や輪王寺からやや離れていることもあり、観光客や参拝客は比較的少ない。観光客の煩わしい喧騒をあまり感じず静かに散策出来るスポットの一つと言える。
    門や鐘楼などの建物を鑑賞するには、階段を使用して移動するのが主となるため、車椅子等の障碍を持つ方等は利用しづらいと感じるだろう。

    This is the mausoleum dedicated to Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun of the Edo Shogunate. According to his last will and testament, he wanted the mausoleum to be modest so that it would not surpass Nikko Toshogu Shrine, which enshrines his grandfather Tokugawa Ieyasu, but even so, the detailed carvings on the beams and pillars of each building are worthy of being called luxurious and gorgeous.
    Since there are few unique sculptures like "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" or "Sleeping cat" in Nikko Toshogu that could be a famous spot, there are few spots that are crowded with tourists for taking photos. Of course, the Niou statues at Niomon Gate are worth seeing with its gorgeous colors. Located west of Futarasan Shrine and a bit far from Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Rinnoji Temple, there are relatively few tourists and worshippers. It's one of the spots where you can stroll quietly without feeling the hustle and bustle of tourists.
    The main way to view the gates, bell tower and other buildings is to use the stairs. Therefore, people with disabilities such as wheelchairs may find it difficult to use them.
    Written 13 November 2021
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  • minimino
    Singapore, Singapore35 contributions
    The entrance to the canyon is a small path in between a ramen and souvenir shop across the train station. We would have missed it if not for the lady from the ramen shop who spontaneously gave us a map of the hiking trail and ushered us onto the small path.
    The hiking trail was good as it brought us to see very beautiful views of the canyon and serene waterfalls. It was a little challenging for my 4 year old but she managed to do the boardwalks, climb some steep steps and rocky grounds. Do wear a good pair of shoes as there would be some balancing to do occasionally. Overall, its worth a visit to immerse oneself in nature.
    Written 26 May 2015
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  • Mickmc
    Wandong, Australia403 contributions
    The Villa is very well maintained and surprisingly large. Not as old as some in Japan but full of traditional architecture and styling.
    The gardens are beautifully maintained and well worth a wander around. The Villa itself is unfortunately empty of any furnishings which seems quite common through a lot of the historic Japanese buildings that are open to the public and as such doesn't give as good an idea of the life of the inhabitants. But still well worth a look.
    Written 21 August 2019
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  • izyphotos
    Mascot, Australia705 contributions
    Kanmangafuchi Abyss was formed by an eruption of nearby Mount Nantai. This gorge near central Nikko is only a few hundred meters long and can be enjoyed from a pleasant riverside walking trail. It is also known for its row of stone statues of Jizo, a Bodhisattva who cares for the deceased. It can be reached by taking the world heritage bus to stop no. 8 and about 15 mins by foot through a quiet neighbourhood or about 10 mins from the main Tobu Nikko station.
    Written 7 January 2022
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  • Brian M
    Montrose, UK1,553 contributions
    This high plain is about 1400 M above sea level. There are lots of sights in the area from waterfalls to bridges. It was not at its best when we were there in March but it is supposed to be absolutely beautiful in Summer me Autumn.
    Written 3 March 2019
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  • jjunnn
    Tokyo, Japan477 contributions
    2,800 yen for adults. Quite a big park to walk about and admire the mini sized architectures. There’s is winter illumination after sunset during autumn and winter. If you look close enough you will find special characters in different “sites”. However, some sites are lacking a bit of maintenance as you could see the paints and conditions of the “sites/sights” are deteriorating.
    Written 15 January 2020
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  • Madshus
    Canberra, Australia1,278 contributions
    After arriving to the rather bleak and wintry Yumoto Onsen, I had a look at Lake Yunoko. It was quite beautify in a chilling kind of way. Lots of interesting photographic angles here.
    Written 6 February 2020
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  • SteveS1970
    Coventry, UK7,100 contributions
    This authentic looking bridge spans the river just as you turn into the temple complex. You need to be told it’s there to get a chance to see it. Worth a look and probably, if I had the chance, worth crossing.
    Written 25 March 2020
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  • B L
    Denver, CO114 contributions
    We did the temples, shrines and the Imperial Villa, but this was the best thing we did in Nikko. The trail starts near the Shinkyo Sacred Bridge and proceeds up the mountain past the Toshogu Shrine. The shrines were very busy, but we basically had the trail to ourselves with just an occasional group or individual walker. On the way up the trail went parallel to a rural road through cedar and bamboo forests (some of the cedar trees are enormous) and past small shrines, stones and waterfalls to the Takino'o Shrine. The trail consists of large smooth stones (which could be slippery if it was raining) and some flights of starirs. It was mistly and foggy when we were there, but was not raining. Definitely worth the time. Be sure to see the statues under the cliff at the Hotoke Iwa.
    Written 14 March 2020
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