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Okunikko

Mt. Nantaisan

Okunikko

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.

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    Nikko City Tourism Association
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Lake Chuzenji

Okunikko

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

Okunikko

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

Okunikko

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.

Odashirogahara Plateau

Okunikko

Lying on the west side of Senjogahara, 2km-around Odashirogahara is a rare grassy plain that has characteristics of both marsh and prairie. In the area surrounded by a forest of Mongolian oaks, visitors can view lesser celandines in June to July, and Mongolian oaks and colored grass in the end of September to the end of October. A single Japanese white birch standing in the center of prairie is called as the “Lady in Odashirogahara,” and is known as the best spot for photo taking. This area is designated as the special protection area in the Nikko National Park and registered under the Ramsar Convention.

Yunoko Lake

Okunikko

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.

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    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Yudaki Falls

Okunikko

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.

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    Nikko City Tourism Association
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Ryuzu Falls

Okunikko

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.

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    Nikko City Tourism Association
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Akechidaira Plateau

Okunikko

Akechidaira is located near the top of the Daini (Second), Iroha-zaka Slope. By going up to the Akechidaira observation platform by the ropeway, visitors can have the panoramic view of magnificent nature consisting of the Chuzenji Lake and Mt. Nantaisan, and stream flowing from the Chuzenji Lake to the Kegon Falls.

Lake Sainoko

Okunikko

The Lake Sainoko is a healing lake where you only hear birds singing: a recommended spot to let yourself relax in the silence. The Lake Sainoko was once a part of the Lake Chuzenji.

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    Nikko City Tourism Association
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Nikko

Iroha-zaka Slope

Nikko

An automotive-only expressway to link the city of Nikko and Okunikko. 2 expressways consisting of the Daiichi (first), Iroha-zaka Slope of up-lanes and the Daini (Second), Iroha-zaka Slope of down-lanes have total 48 sharp curves and offer magnificent scenery to the passengers. These expressways are known as the best spots to view the colorful autumn leaves. The best period for the autumn leave viewing is the middle of October and the beginning of November. Be sure that it is impossible to avoid traffic jam during the autumn leave period.

Kirifuri-kogen

Nikko

Located at about 1,200m evaluation on the north side of the down town of Nikko, the Kirifurikogen Highlands is a plateau area lying on the slop of Mt. Akanagisan. Between the end of June and middle of July, the community of about 260,000 root stocks of Nikko day lilies come into full bloom, decorating the hiking courses with the contrast of yellow and green colors and allowing the visitor to enjoy walking in an easy manner. In addition to the nearby sightseeing spots such as the area that colorful followers of azalea can be seen in springs and the Kirifurinotaki Falls consisting of the upper fall and lower fall, this resort area also have ski slopes, campsites and facilities for sports and leisure.

Kirifurinotaki Falls

Nikko

The Kirifuri Falls is one of the three great falls in Nikko and consists of two-tiered falls flowing into the Kirifurigawa River. The name of the falls was given after the aspect that the dropping water hits the rocks and spread like mists (“kiri” in Japanese),. The best season to enjoy autumn leave viewing is the end of October to the middle of November.

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring

Ryuou Valley

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring

Stream of the Kinugawa River washed the volcanic rocks erupted from a volcano 22 million years ago and created the natural formative arts consisting of huge strange and odd shaped rocks. The name of this valley was given after the image that a dragon wriggles. The clean stream of the Kinugawa River, rocks and trees surrounding them offer magnificent scenery like a landscape painting. In this area, there is a hiking course for beginners extending over about 7km (3 to 4 hours to walk through),, so that everyone enjoys walking and sightseeing in an easy manner. The area is particularly beautiful in the season of spring fresh green leaves and autumn colorful leaves. The best period for autumn leave viewing is from the end of October to the beginning of November of each year.

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    Nikko City Tourism Association
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Tateiwa Rock

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring

The Tateiwa is a huge rock that is more than 70m high. The name was given after its shape that is resemble with a warrior‘s shield (“tate” in Japanese),. From an observatory platform set on the top of the rock, visitor can have the panoramic view of the Kinugawa River stream and the Mt. Keichozan. In addition, the walker-only suspension bridge hung between the area and the Kinugawa Hot Spring Resort allows visitors to enjoy thrilling and magnificent scenery.

* The observatory platform is currently closed due to the work to remove fallen rocks. The platform is scheduled to reopen in 2016.

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinugawa Hot Spring

Setoaikyo Canyon

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinugawa Hot Spring

Setoaikyo is a valley that was produced on the upper stream of the Kinugawa River by erosion of tuffs. The 100m-high steep cliffs extending over about 2km presents breathtaking scenery to the visitors. The best period to view autumn leaves is from the middle of October to the beginning of November.

Jaonotaki Falls

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinugawa Hot Spring

The name of the falls was given after its dropping water that looks like a snake (“ja” in Japanese),. Combination with fresh green leaves in early summer or red leaves in autumn presents a scenery like a painting. The best period to view autumn leaves is from the middle of October to the beginning of November.

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    Nikko City Tourism Association
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Kawamata Lake

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinugawa Hot Spring

A dam lake surrounded by mountains and storing water of the Kinugawa River. There is a walking path and suspension bridge on the lower part of the dam. The best period to view autumn leaves is from the beginning of October to the middle of November.

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    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Geyser

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinugawa Hot Spring

Hot water gushing forth among rocks creates breathtaking scenes. It gushes every 40 to 50 minutes and reaches a height of 20 to 30 meters. An observatory platform and footbath facilities are available.

* Please take not that the geysers have not been gushed since June 25, 2014.

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Kinunuma Swamp

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinugawa Hot Spring

This swamp lies on the highland marsh located at a height of 2,020, at the southern foot of Mt. Kinunuma. This area is known as a rich storehouse of alpine plants; visitors can view aleutian avens and bog rosemary in July, colored grass in the end of August, and flaming-red autumn leaves in the middle of September. When you reach to the steep mountain, you encounter with total 48 large and small swamps that let you forget the fatigue of the mountain climbing.

Imaichi

Nikko Kaido Suginamikimichi (Nikko Road Cedar Path),

Imaichi

After contribution to the Nikko Toshogu Shrine as an approach to the shrine in the Edo period, about 50,000 cedar trees were planted over about 20 years. Currently, about 12,500 trees remain, and the path extending over 35.41km is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest tree-lined road in the world.

Ashio

Matsukikeikoku Canyon

Ashio

Matsukikeikoku is called as Grand Canyon of Japan for the reason of its rugged rock surfaces on the mountain and high-rising steep cliffs.