Model Courses

Day 1

By Walk

  • Address 20-minute walk

Town Walk in Kimono


Rent a kimono and go for a stroll in the World-Heritage shrines and temples, and the temple town. Kimonos in various materials that fit to bodies of females, males and children, and each season are available. In addition, shop staff helps you get dressed.

By Walk

  • Address 10-minute walk to the Shinkyo Bridge

World-Heritage Shrines and Temples in Nikko


The World-Heritage shrines and temples in Nikko attract many travelers from the world. The World Heritages consists of 2 shrines and 1 temple: the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple and Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine. The Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the most famous World Heritage in Nikko, enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo bakufu (shogunate),. The shrine encompasses a variety of architectures and sculptures registered as the national treasures or important cultural properties, allowing visitors to appreciate great-flamboyant architectural beauties.

Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple


The history of the Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple started 1200 years ago, when Shodo Shonin (Saint Shodo),, who firstly served as the head priest of Nikko, founded the Shihonryuji Temple. Sanbutsudo Hall, the main temple, is one of the largest wooden architectures in Nikkousan, and houses Buddhist statues respectively symbolizing honchibutsu (original Buddhist divinity), of the holy three mountains in Nikko, such as Senju-Kannon (Kannon with a thousand arms: honchibutsu of Mt. Nantaisan), Amidanyorai (Amitabha Tathagata: honchibutsu of Mt. Nyohousan), and Bato-Kannon (Kannon with a horse head: honchibutsu o Mt. Tarosan),, which is 8m tall. In addition to the above, there are still many spots that visitors should not miss: such as the Gomado Hall that houses the statues of the gods of fortune such as Bishamonten, Daikokuten and Benzaiten; temple’s treasure house that exhibits the statues of Buddha and sutras registered as the national treasures or important cultural properties; Shoyoen garden, a Japanese-style garden that features a path around a pond.

* The Sanbutsudo Hall is currently undergoing major renovation works, which are scheduled to last until March 2021. During this period, the special path for viewing the inside of Sanbutsudo Hall from a height of 26m is available.


Nikko Toshogu Shrine


The Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the most famous shrine of the World Heritages in Nikko, enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo bakufu (shogunate),, but most of it was renovated by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun, in the Great Reconstruction of the Kanei era in 1636. Inside the shrine, encompassed are 55 architectures including 8 national treasures and 34 important cultural properties. Each architecture is decorated with sculpture, japan and brilliant color coatings crafted by famous craftsmen selected and gathered from all over Japan. It is said that total 40 to 100 billion yen in present currency value was spent to create those great-flamboyant architectural beauties.

* The Yomei-mon Gate is currently undergoing renovation works, which are scheduled to last until March 2017.


Nikko Futarasan-Jinja Shrine


In 766, Shodo Shonin (Saint Shodo), stepped into the mountains in Nikko. The Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine deifies Mt. Futarasan (Mt. Nantaisan),, the most symbolized mountain of those, as its object of worship, and, as an only shrine in the area, has been regarded as ujigamisama (a guardian of the place),, as well as the center of the mountain worship that has been believed in the area for long time. The precinct of the shrine is as large as about 3,400ha and contains the mountains of the Nikko National Park. In the area of the Nikko mountains, there are the main hall and front shrine, the single-layer Irimoya-zukuri-roofed architectures registered as the World Heritage, as well as shinen (shrine gardens), that spring water gushes out. This shrine is also famous for answering to prayers of those who seek good luck, pregnancy, smooth delivery of babies, and marriage tie.


Taiyuin, Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple


Taiyuin is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Iemitsu, a grandson of Tokugawa Ieyassu and the third Shogun of the Edo bakufu (Japanese feudal government headed by a shogun),. Iemitsu who respected Ieyasu very much and renovated the Nikko Toshogu Shrine to the present state of magnificent splendor left his will to “serve Ieyasu even after his death.” To keep his will, Taiyuin was constructed at the place to face the Toshogu Shrine in a manner not to excess his grandfather’s mausoleum in terms of splendor. In addition to the main hall, ainoma (intermediate room), and Haiden (front shrine), that are registered as the national treasuers, this mausoleum has a variety of viewing spots for visitors, such as the magnificent Nitenmon Gate and Kokamon Gate. Not like the Toshogu Shrine, excellent craftsmanship are characteristically featured in the inconspicuous places in Taiyuin.

By Train

  • Address 10 minutes from the Tobu-Nikko Station by trains bound for the Asakusa Station, and transfer at the Shimoimaichi Station. 20 minutes by trains bound for Aizutajima, and getting off at the Kinugawa-onsen Station.



Kinugawa Onsen

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen
Open-Air Bath
Onsens for Day Trippers

The Kinugawa Onsen originates from the Taki Onsen that was discovered on the west bank of the Kinugawa River in the Edo period. After that, another Onsen gushed forth on the east bank and was named as the Fujiwara Onsen. Since then, people have called combination of these two Onsens as the Kinugawa Onsen, and now the Onsen resort is known as “a place for treat in the Kanto region” and attracts many travelers. This Onsen resort currently has more than 80 hotels and ryokans including modernistic hotels with many guest rooms and open air bathes. The Onsen of Kinugawa has been famous for the effect to heal burn injuries, and has enjoyed the nickname as the “healer of burn injuries” since the old days.

Spring Quality: Alkaline simple Onsen
The effect: The Onsen is good for beautiful skin, neuralgia, muscular pain, arthritis, frozen shoulders, burn injury, motor paralysis, stiffness in joints, bruise, sprain, chronic digestive diseases, hemorrhoid, sensitivity to cold, recovery from illness, recovery from fatigue, health enhancement, etc.

  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association

Day 2

By Walk

  • Address 5-minute walk

Kinugawa River Boat Tour

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Feel yourself being gently rocked by the motion of the boat being guided through the water with the boatman‘s skilful control of the oar, as you enjoy a close-up encounter with the natural wonder of the Kinugawa River, with its seasonally changing faces and sea of richly varied rock forms. The ride delivers its share of thrills too, with the boat buffeted by sheets of spray as it enters the rapids. Totally immerse yourself in the 360-degree dynamic scenery of the Kinugawa River on this approximately 40 minute boat trip.

By Bus

  • Address 10 minutes form Kinuootoro by the buses bound for Nikko Edomura and short-distance walk from the last bus stop


Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

A cultural park that visitors can feel and experience the culture of the Edo period. The old architectures and towns including the village of ninja and samurai residences are recreated with reality, making the visitors feel that they have traveled back to the Edo period. You should not miss the thrilling ninja show and the elegant oiran show. Wear the outfits of ninja, samurai or princess, and enjoy interaction with the people of the Edo period.

By Bus

  • Address 22 minutes form Nikko Edomura by the buses bound for the Kinugawa-onsen Station and short-distance walk from the last bus stop