Nikko(Tochigi) ~日光 #1


One question that is always asked by foreign tourists coming to Japan is how to get to Nikko.
This article describes Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a World Heritage Site, and Nikko tourism as a whole. The city of Nikko is located in Tochigi Prefecture and is home to the gorgeous “Nikko Toshogu Shrine,” which is synonymous with Nikko; “Senjogahara,” where natural sights such as waterfalls, wetlands, and wild birds are concentrated; “Chuzenji Lake,” a classic spot with many activities; “Iroha Slope,” a famous curve that enhances driving trips; the “Ryuoukyo” hiking course where you can feel the nature of Kinugawa River; and the dynamic splash of waterfalls, which are breathtaking! Kegon Falls” and many more.

Nikko is a religious area that has been known since the Kamakura period (1185-1333) for its mountains dedicated to Nikko Gongen. During the Edo period (1603-1867), the area became a shrine site for the Tokugawa family, led by Tokugawa Ieyasu and Tokugawa Iemitsu, early shoguns of the Edo Shogunate. After the Tokugawa period, the area became crowded with worshippers as the torii-mae (gateway) town of Nikko Toshogu Shrine.
In the Meiji era (1868-1912), foreigners began to visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, and Nikko Yumoto Hot Springs, which were known overseas as scenic spots, and lodging and accommodation facilities were developed to accommodate foreigners, thereby creating the appearance of an international tourist city.

【Transportation / Access】
Option A: From Asakusa, Tokyo *Recommended
 Tobu Asakusa → Tobu Nikko (Express train: 1h52min)
 Tobu Nikko → Nikko Toshogu Shrine (Bus: 10min)
 Fare: Approx. 3,100 yen
Click here for Tobu train special tickets
Tobu Tourist Information Center Asakusa 
 @Tobu Asakusa Station 1F
open from 7:30~, but expect it to be crowded, so please go there as early as possible.
 You can get ticket details here! 

Tobu Tourist Information Center Asakusa

Option B: From Tokyo/Shinjuku
JR Shinjuku → Tobu Nikko (Express train: 1h58min) *Only one train in 7AM
 Tobu Nikko → Nikko Toshogu Shrine (Bus: 10min)
 Fare: Approx. 4,300 yen
Click here for JR train special tickets, or here for Tobu train.

Option C:Others
Shinkansen bullet trains and express buses are also available. Check here!

 【Sightseeing spots】
Here is very useful website! Plus, you can download brochure!!!
Please check this before you go to Nikko 😉


Day trip : For both Plan A and B, I assume departure from Asakusa at 7:30 a.m. and arrival at Asakusa at 9:30 p.m., leaving the site around 7:00 p.m.
*The first train in the morning may be fully booked, so be careful!

Plan A: One Day Nature Tour Plan
 Nikko Toshogu Shrine: Nikko Toshogu Shrine enshrines the most famous samurai leader Tokugawa Ieyasu. Its carved and brilliantly decorated structures are part of the Shrines and Temples of Nikko UNESCO World Heritage site and the highlight of any visit to Tochigi.
 ・Kegon Falls & Lake Chuzenji : There are so many waterfalls in and around Nikko that it is said that there are 48 waterfalls in Nikko, the most famous of which is Kegon-no-taki Falls.Water from Lake Chuzenji falls down the 97-meter-high cliff at a single stroke, creating a spectacular waterfall. the lake located west of Nikko. It was formed by the eruption of Mt. Nantai in the north, and has a circumference of about 25 km. During the Meiji and Taisho periods, the lake was a popular summer resort for embassy villas.
 ・Ryuzu Waterfalls : Nantai, and flows down a staircase of about 10 meters in width, over lava formed by the eruption of Mt.It is said that the name of the waterfall comes from the fact that the area near the basin is bisected by a large rock, which resembles a dragon’s head. (The streams of waterfalls on either side are the dragon’s whiskers.)
Yumoto Hot Spring:In the center of Nikko National Park, on a plateau surrounded by protected wetlands is Nikko Yumoto Onsen.

Plan B:Day Trip Entertainment Plan
 ・Nikko Toshogu Shrine
 ・Nikko Edomura :Experience the culture of the Edo period (1603-1867) at Edo Wonderland. Edo Wonderland combines history with expansive, theme park-style amusement for an extraordinary day out.
 ・Kinugawa Onsen Ropeway : Ascend 300 meters in four minutes to the mountaintop observation deck with a panoramic view of Kinugawa Onsen and Mt. Tsukuba. Visitors can also feed dozens of monkeys.
 ・Kinugawa Onsen:A hot spring located in the upper reaches of the Kinugawa River in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. Along with Hakone and Atami, it is known as “Tokyo’s back yard” and attracts more than 2 million overnight guests annually.



A. 都内・浅草から  ※オススメ
東部浅草 → 東武日光 (特急電車:1h52min)
東武日光 → 日光東照宮 (バス:10min)
東武ツーリストインフォメーションセンター浅草 @東部浅草駅1F
JR新宿 → 東武日光 (特急電車:1h58min) ※朝7時代の1本のみ
東武日光 → 日光東照宮 (バス:10min)

日帰り:どちらも大体、7:30浅草発、現地を19:00頃には出発し、浅草着21:30 を想定。
プランA : 日帰り自然観光プラン