Model Courses

By Bus

  • Address 6 minutes from the Nikko Station or Tobu-Nikko Station by the buses bound for Chuzenji Hot Spring or Yumoto Hot Spring and 15-minute walk from the Sogokaikan-mae Bus Stop (No. 8)
10:15

JOKOJI TEMPLE

Jokoji Temple has become a family temple (Bodaiji) after moving to this area in1640. This temple enshrined Amida Nyorai (General Savior of Mankaind)

By Walk

  • Address 5-minute walk
10:15

BONSHO (BELL)

This Temple Bell was dedicated by Genkan in 1459. lt is the oldest and artistically valuable Bell in Nikko. Designated as an Important Cultural Property. The inscription on the Bell says: ’The Present (1438-1497) ’or about Priest Shogen who devoted himself to develop Nikko culturally.

By Walk

  • Address 5-minute walk
10:20

KANMAN-OYA-JIZO-ON-KUBI

Oya-Jizo-on-kubi (the head of a Parent Jizo) was washed away in the flood of 1902. After the flood, local people discovered the head in a riverbed and enshrined it in Jokoji Temple.

By Walk

  • Address 5-minute walk
10:25

SUGEGASA HIGIRI JIZO

Sugegasa Higiri Jizo is enshrined in the small wooden building. Jizo (Buddhist Guardian Deity) is wearing a Japanese hat (kasa) of sedge (suge). lt is very rare for Jizo to have such a hat on a head. It is believed that if you pray to this Jizo for something you want to be realized for just on certain day, your wish wiII be granted. Many people come to pray for their wishes.

By Walk

  • Address 5-minute walk
10:30

MONUMENT OF BOKA-TAI

This monument was built by the leader of Boka-tai (a fire brigade) in 1834 for a
memorial service. Boka-tai members came from Hachioji city (Tokyo) to protect Nikko from fire. Boka-tai was called "Nikko Hi-no-Ban".

By Walk

  • Address 5-minute walk
10:35

MICHIBIKI JIZO

You can see three Jizo (Buddhist Guradian Deity) in a simple wooden building. The one in the center was built in 1550 and is said to be the oldest stone Buddha in Nikko. This Jizo is called Michibiki Jizo. ’Michibiki’ means ’to lead’ or ’to guide’. People believed that this Jizo will lead a dead person to Buddha’s World. The other two Jizo were called’ Mimi-dare Jizo’ and believed that the two Jizo can heal and cure the ear disease.

By Walk

  • Address 5-minute walk
10:40

EMPEROR TAISHO’S TANKA-POEM MONUMENT

Emperor Taisho loved Nikko and stayed in Nikko about 680days from 1896 to 1925. This tanka-poem was compased by Emperor Taisho when he was taking a walk along the Daiya river. The poem is expressing his impression of the spiritual moon night at Daiya river.

By Walk

  • Address 5-minute walk
10:45

REIHI-KAKU DIVINE TOWER

Reihi-kaku tower is a small building on a rock. The original tower was built in 1654 by the priest Kokai as an oratory. Priests lit a holy fire in this tower and pray for the world peace. However, the flood of 1902 washed this tower away, and the current building was rebuilt in 1971.

By Walk

  • Address 10-minute walk
10:55

NARABI-JIZO (BAKE-JIZO)

A line of stone statues of Jizo (Buddhist Guardian Deity). There were once 100 stone statues of Jizo including 2 big statues, called ’Oya Jizo’ (Parent Jizo), here, before the flood in 1902. Today you can see 74 statues standing in a line. The statues were carved by the disciples of Archbishop Tenkai (1536-1643).

By Walk

  • Address 5-minute walk
11:00

KANMAN-GA-FUCHI ABYSS

This scenic area of the Daiya river was formed by the lava from an eruption of Mt.Nantai. It is said that Priest Kokai named this abyss ’Kanman’ because the murmuring of a stream sounds like a recite of the last word of a sutra (Buddha bible), ’Kanman’.

By Walk

  • Address 20-minute walk
11:20

NIKKO TAMOZAWA IMPERIAL VILLA MEMORIAL PARK

Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa was constructed in 1899 for Emperor Taisho (Prince Yoshihito at a time) as a retreat. The size of building is 4500 square meters and has 106 rooms in all. This Villa is highly regarded as a very valuable harmonized architecture of three eras; Edo, Meiji and Taisho.

By Bus

  • Address 6 minutes from the Sogokaikan-mae Bus Stop (No. 8) by the buses bound for the JR Nikko Station and getting off at the Tobu-Nikko Station or JR Nikko Station