Model Courses

Day 1

By Bus

  • Address 60 minutes from the Nikko Station or Tobu-Nikko Station by busses bound for Yumoto Hot Spring and short-distance walk from the Ryuzunotaki Bus Stop (No. 35),
11:00

Ryuzu Falls

Oku-Nikko

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.

  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Senjogahara Hiking

Oku-Nikko

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 Oku-Nikko),. 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.

Yudaki Falls

Oku-Nikko

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.

  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Yunoko Lake

Oku-Nikko

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.

  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

By Walk

  • Address 30-minute walk

Accommodation

15:00

Oku-Nikko Yumoto-onsen

Oku-Nikko
Open-Air Bath
Onsens for Day Trippers

Located in the center area of Nikko National Park and near the Lake Yunoko, Nikko Yumoto-onsen is a Onsen 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 Onsen and gave the name of Yakushinoyu 1,200 years ago, and that Kobo Daishi (Saint Kobo), visited this place and discovered Kanjizaiyu (Kanjizai Onsen), and prayed to Kannon (Boddhisattva), in year 820. The source Onsen is originally emerald green color, but the color turns to milk white, when the Onsen is exposed to air. The Onsen 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 Onsen resort near the Lake Yunoko offers.

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

Day 2

By Bus

  • Address 25 minutes from the Yumoto Onsen Bus Stop (No. 42), by the busses bound for the JR Nikko Station and short-distance walk from the Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel-mae Bus Stop (No. 32),
10:00

Lake Chuzenji Hiking

Oku-Nikko

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.

  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Nikko Futarasan-Jinja Shrine Chugushi (a shrine built on the middle ground of the Futarasan-Jinja Shrine),

Oku-Nikko

Located by Chuzenji Lake, this shrine is said to be founded in 784 to worship Mt. Nantaisan. The shrine stands between the main shrine of Futarasan-jinja Shrine and Okumiya (rear shrine), located on the top of Mt. Nantaisan. It is said that a yellow bell in this shrine answers to prayers of those who seek a good match, and anyone can toll the ring freely.

Hot Springs for Day Trippers

Chuzenji Onsen Resort

Oku-Nikko
Open-Air Bath
Onsens for Day Trippers

This Onsen resort is located at north of the Chuzenji Lake, which was formed by an eruption of Mt. Nantaisan. The Onsen is drawn from the Nikko Yumoto Onsen Resort that is 12km away. The Onsen that is originally as hot as 78°C is gradually cooled down to the temperature suitable for bathing during the transportation. There are many sightseeing spots around this resort such as Futaarasanjinja Chugushi (a shrine built on the middle ground of Mt.Nantai Shrine), and the Kegon Falls, and visitor can enjoy seasonal beauty of the nature thought the year.

Spring Quality: Sulfur spring
The effect: The Onsen is good for stiff shoulders, neuralgia, beautiful skin, etc.

Kegon Falls

Oku-Nikko

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),.

By Bus

  • Address 40 minutes from the Chuzenji Onsen Bus Stop (No. 24), by the buses for the JR Nikko Station and short-distance walk from the Tobu-Nikko Station (No.2), or JR Nikko Station (No.1),