Model Courses

Day 1

By Bus

  • Address 5 minutes from the Nikko Station or Tobu-Nikko Station by the World-Heritage Tour buses and short-distance walk from the Shinkyo Bus Stop (No. 7),
10:10

World-Heritage Shrines and Temples in Nikko

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.

Shinkyo Bridge

Nikko

The Shinkyo is a beautiful, wooden and vermilion-lacquered bridge that is hung on the entrance to the holy Nikko mountains. There is a legend that when Shodo Shonin (Saint Shodo),, who firstly served as the head priest of Nikko, was not able to cross the Daiyagawa River and asked for help to deities and Buddhas, two snakes appered and transformed to this bridge. The bridge belongs to the Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine.

Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple

Nikko

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

Nikko

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

Nikko

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

Nikko

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 Bus

  • Address 40 minutes from the Nishisando Bus Stop (No. 84), by buses bound for Chuzenji Hot Spring or Yumoto Hot Spring and short-distance walk from the Chuzenji Onsen Bus Stop (No. 24),

Accommodation

15:20

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.

Day 2

By Walk

  • Address Walk from each spot
9:00

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.

Mt. Nantaisan

Oku-Nikko

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.

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

By Bus

  • Address 60 minutes from the Chuzenji Onsen Bus Stop (No. 24), by the busses bound for the JR Nikko Station and short-distance walk from the Nishisando Bus Stop (No. 84),

Hot Springs for Day Trippers

16:00

Nikko Onsen

Nikko
Open-Air Bath
Onsens for Day Trippers

Onsen resorts are located around the World Cultural Heritage shrines and temples of Nikko. In this area, there is a Onsen that was called as musonoyu (Onsen of imagination), by Kobo Daishi (Saint Kobo),, and the source of the Onsen was reportedly discovered in recent years. The Onsen is colorless and transparent, is said to be good for beautiful ski. In this resort, travelers can heal fatigue of the tour of the world heritages.

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

By Bus

  • Address 10 minutes from the Nishisando Bus Stop (No. 84), by the buses bound for the JR Nikko Station and short-distance walk from the Tobu-Nikko Station (No.2), or JR Nikko Station (No.1),