Nikko has two shrines and a temple, world heritage sites
that convey Japan’s history and tradition, the natural beauty of all
four seasons at Kegon-no-taki Falls, and other places, which satisfy many visitors’
Futarasan Shrine and Rinnoji Temple were built as a mountain-warship shrine and temple
during the Nara period (in 766) and have a much longer history
than Toshogu Shrine
Information on Kegon-no-taki Falls and its surroundings
shrines and a temple refer to Nikko-Toshogu Shrine, Nikkozan-Rinnoji Temple, and Nikko-Futarasan Shrine, which are registered
as World Heritage Sites.
Yashio azalea (Tochigi prefectural flower)
is a slope linking downtown Nikko and Chuzenji Lake. It was named after 48 Japanese Iroha characters because
of the 48 curves in the slope.
of the temple goes all the way back to the Nara period (in 766). Rinnnoji Temple had achieved a level of prosperity under the
support of the Tokugawa family in the early modern age.
Shinkyo Bridge is one of Japan’s famous and unique bridges along with Saruhasi in
Yamanashi Prefecture, Iwakuni Kintaikyo in Yamaguchi Prefecture, and Kazurabasi in Tokushima Prefecture.
Nantaisan Mountain is at an altitude of 2,486 m with Okumiya of
Nikko-Futarasan Shrine on top.
can also enjoy fishing for brown and rainbow trout in the lake.
Kanetsu Expressway： about 1 hour to Numata IC
Hot Springs (Kanko-So)
A forest consisting mainly of Irohazaka or the direction of Nasu is inhabited.
The feature makes a pink flower bloom before leaf grow.
Pink color to appears like a slow spring may be hurried to the surrounding ravine of the Kegon-no-taki falls.
evil, hear no evil, speak no evil?this saying teaches that it is good not to
see, say, or hear bad things during childhood.
stipulated in his will to be enshrined at Nikko. In his will, he stated, “the body would be placed
on Kunozan Mountain [snip] and be enshrined as a god in a small hall on
Nikkozan Mountain after the first anniversary of my death.” Later,
Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third of the Tokugawa shoguns who had deep respect for
Ieyasu, gathered first-rate architects and craftsman of the time from all over Japan and built Nikko-Toshogu Shrine using all the
finest techniques of the period.
Hot Springs has an ample supply of water and high-quality springs, making it
perfect as a hot springs cure, and people can realize a time of relaxation.
at an altitude of 1731 m, has a beautiful environment surrounded by old growth
forests. The scenery at the time of maple-tree viewing is magnificent (high
season is early October).
such an environment, people can enjoy camping as well.
is a Japanese garden where people can enjoy playing with fish. The garden has
Konsei Shrine, Ema-do Hall, a fishing hole, gardens, and a rest house, which
are perfect for eating and walking around.
a hot-spring inn at the edge of a quiet lake is famous as a summer retreat and
best for family trips. People can enjoy charcoal-grilled yamame, a kind of salmon, and BBQ in a quiet atmosphere.
follows Route 120 and is a treasury of various plants with wetlands on the
right and left sides.
15,000 years ago, lava effusing from the eruption of Nantaisan Mountain dammed the river and
Chuzenji-ko Lake was formed. The
magnificent sight of the lake water falling along the gigantic quay wall is Kegon-no-taki Falls.
Kegon-no-taki Falls, one of three Japan’s famous waterfalls along with Nachi-no-taki and
Fukuroda-no-taki, is Japan’s longest continuous drop at 97 m straight down to
the basin. The facility has been equipped with elevators since 1930 to see the
waterfalls from the best position.
are huts where visitors feel welcome to drop by to eat wheat noodles and buckwheat
noodles. Please take a detour and try it.
the posture of holding on firmly with its front foot, some say the cat is ready
to jump under the guise of protecting Ieyasu.
said that the falls is named after the fact that the dynamic falling water looks
just like a dragon biting a big rock. The waterfalls, with an entire height of
210 m, offers a magnificent view of the surrounding
azaleas in spring and maples in autumn.
is a shrine that enshrined Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first of the Tokugawa shoguns
Ieyasu was a samurai warrior who lived during Japan’s middle ages and ended the 100-year civil war
period to start a new government in Edo. He built a peaceful era that lasted for 260 years by
creating order and organizations in Japan, encouraging study, and allowing industry to
Chuzenji Lake has a maximum depth of 163 m and a circumference
of about 24 km spreading out at the foot of Nantaisan Mountain. The natural beauty of the different seasons is
reflected in the calm water surface, and visitors can enjoy touring by boat.
Gate (national treasure)
Gate, symbolic architecture of Nikko Toshogu Shrine, is also called “Sunset
Gate” since visitors never tire of it even after an all-day tour.
with a splendid view is wonderful.
Falls is gentle compared with Kegon-no-taki Falls, which makes people say
Yudaki is “a female waterfalls” while Kegon-no-taki is “a male waterfalls.”