What You Should not Miss in Okunikko

Sightseeing Spots in Okunikko

Mt. Nantaisan


This 2,486m high volcano looks very magnificent, because of its wide-spreading skirt. The volcano is also known as the object of worship of the World-Heritage Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine and houses the Chugushi (a shrine built on the middle ground of the Futarasan-Jinja Shrine), on its base and Okumiya (rear shrine), on its top. There is a mountain trail for advanced climber; it takes 3 to 4 hours to climb to the top through this trail extending over about 4km. The climbing is permitted for the period extending from May 5 to October 25 every year. This mountain is ranked in the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains.

Lake Chuzenji


Lying on the skirt of Mt. Nantaisan, the Chuzenji Lake is located at an altitude of 1,269m, one of the highest locations of Japanese lakes. It is said that this lake was formed by an eruption of Mt. Nantaisan about 20,000 years ago. In the 19th and 20th centuries, villas owned by foreigners and embassies of oversea countries were built in this area and obtained popularity as an international summer resort. A hiking course runs along this 25km-around lake, and visitor can view azalea flowers in early summer, as well as colorful leaves in autumn.

Kegon Falls


The Kegon Falls, the great falls at a height of 97m, is ranked in the three great falls of Japan. Visitors can fully enjoy magnificent scenery and beautiful formative arts created by the nature. In May, the area is decorated with fresh green of leaves; in June, Asian house martins come flying; and in January and February, whole of the falls is frozen to blue ice. Near the falls, there is an observatory platform allowing visitors to see the basin of falls from the close location (admission-paid),.

Senjogahara Plateau


Located at the place at a height of 1,400m in the Nikko National Park, Senjogahara is one of the largest high moor in Honshu (mainland of Japan),. It is said that the lake formed by an eruption of Mt. Nantaisan turned to the more than 400ha marsh over time. This huge area encompasses more than 350 species of native plants and various types of wild birds, and 175ha out of the gross area is registered under the Ramsar Convention as “Oku-Nikko-shitsugen” (the marsh in Okunikko),. Around this area, there is a nature exploration route, a hiking course that even beginners can walk through in about 2 hours. The most recommendable period to visit this area is the middle of June to the beginning of August when Cotton-Sedges and Meadow Sweets are in full bloom, as well as the end of September to the beginning of October when grasses to turn to red.

Yunoko Lake


The 3km-around Yunoko Lake that wears a mysterious atmosphere was formed by the natural damming of the Yugawa River after an eruption of Mt. Mitsudake. Around the lake, there is a walking course allowing visitors to walk through the area surrounded by a primeval forest of broadleaf trees and coniferous trees in about one hour, while watching various seasonal nature and wild birds. The best period for viewing autumn leaves is from the end of September to the middle of October. This area is registered under the Ramsar Convention.

Yudaki Falls


The Yudaki Falls located on the south edge of the Yunoko Lake is breathtaking falls that have 70m elevation difference and 110m length. The observatory platform placed near the basin of the falls allows visitors to see the falls from the close location. In addition, if you are lucky, you may find a statue of Kannon on the rock surface.

Ryuzu Falls


One of the three great falls in Nikko. The scene that the stream dropping over 210m is diverged to two sides at a big rock is just beautiful. Visitors can enjoy viewing Tougoku-mitsuba-tsutsuji (Rhododendron wadanum), in May and June, as well as colorful leaves of Japanese maples and Japanese lindens in the end of September to the beginning of October.

Experiences that Okunikko Offers


Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring
Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring

Many people ranging from beginners to experts can enjoy hiking in the great nature in the city of Nikko, because most of the city areas are part of the Nikko National Park. Throughout the year, the city offers you seasonal joys: from beautiful scenery of magnificent mountains, valleys, falls, and lakes and marshes, to cherry blossom in spring, fresh green leaves in summer, colorful leaves viewing in autumn.

  • Term
    April - November

Ski and snowboard

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring

In the city of Nikko covered by powder snow in winter, you can experience various winter activities, from easy and simple snow plays and sledging play, to full-fledged skiing and snowboarding. As lessons for beginners and space for kids are also available, this place is ideal for family travels.


Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring

The tour to explore the world of white snow in the snow shoes has gained general popularity. Everybody including a child and aged person can participate in the tour. Lying down on the snow or sliding on slopes, play with snow as much as you can.

Chuzenji Lake Sightseeing Boat


A sightseeing boat to cruise on the Chuzenji Lake, a beautiful lake representing Nikko. You can tour many sightseeing spots along the lake and feel magnificent nature on the boat where time passes slowly and quietly.

Akechidaira Ropeway


3-minute “walking in the sky” to climb from Akechidaira to an observation platform at an attitude of 1,473m. Visitors can see the panoramic view of the magnificent nature from the observation platform.

  • Term
    Operation is suspended from March 1 to 15, due to maintenance work.
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Seasonal Flowers in Okunikko

Cherry Blossom by Chuzenji Lake (Beginning to Middle of May),

Tougoku-mitsuba-tsutsuji (Rhododendron wadanum), by Ryuzunotaki Fall (End of May to Middle of June),

Japanese Primrose in Senjugahama (Middle of June),

Cotton-Sedge and Meadow Sweet on Senjogahara (Middle of June to Beginning of August),

Autumn Leaves by Ryuzunotaki Falls (End of September to Beginning of October),

Events in Okunikko

Nantaisan Tohai Kosha Taisai (Mt.Nantai Worship Climbing Festival),


The biggest festival of the Futaarasanjinja Chugushi (a shrine built on the middle ground of Mt.Nantai Shrine), started more than 1,200 years ago. The summit of Mt.Nantai is crowded with climbers.

Mushasai Festival


A traditional festival handed down from the 15th century. Visitors can bring the arrows that the chief priests of the shrine released to Chuzenji Lake to their homes as amulets for good luck.

Yukiakari at Okunikko Yumoto-Onsen Snow Festival


About 1,000 yukiakaris in a shape like a minuture-size kamakura create the fantastic world decorated by “snow” and “light.”

Hot Springs in Okunikko

Okunikko Yumoto-onsen

Open-Air Bath
Hot Springs for Day Trippers

Located in the center area of Nikko National Park and near the Lake Yunoko, Nikko Yumoto-onsen is a Hot Spring resort on the plateau area surrounded by the wetlands registered under the Ramsar Convention. It has a long history: It is said that Shodo Shonin (Saint Shodo),, the first head priest of Nikko, discovered the Hot Spring and gave the name of Yakushinoyu 1,200 years ago, and that Kobo Daishi (Saint Kobo), visited this place and discovered Kanjizaiyu (Kanjizai Hot Spring), and prayed to Kannon (Boddhisattva), in year 820. The source Hot Spring is originally emerald green color, but the color turns to milk white, when the Hot Spring is exposed to air. The Hot Spring is especially liked by females, because it is rich in metasilicic acid. The hot resort offers variety pleasures thought the year, such as summer retreat, hot-spring cures and yukimiburo (bathing while enjoying a snow scene),. Enjoy the relaxed time that the Hot Spring resort near the Lake Yunoko offers.

Spring Quality: Sulfur spring
The effect: The Hot Spring is good for high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, cut, neuralgia, chronic skin disease, chronic women‘s disease, diabetes, muscular pain, arthritis, etc.

Accommodation in Okunikko

Okunikko Yumoto-Onsen


Okunikko is a quiet hot spring resort that has a 1200-year history and lies among magnificent nature by the Yunoko Lake. All the accommodation facilities in this area have abundant turbid hot springs and open-air baths, and many of them can offer both Japanese-style and Western style guest rooms. This area is suitable for walking around and viewing the nature in Okunikko, such as the Yunoko Lake and Senjogahara Plateau.



Located near magnificent Mt. Nantaisan and the Chuzenji Lake, this area has gained general popularity as a summer resort from the old days. You can choose your accommodation from minshuku (small inns), and pensions that serve dishes cooked with local fish, and hotels and ryokans allowing guests to enjoy hot springs.

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