As one of the best autumn leaves viewing points in Japan, Kinugawa-Kawaj hot spring attracts many tourists every year. In this area, tourists are welcomed by a variety of autumn sceneries vividly decorated by scarlet maple leaves, such as the one on Ryuou Valley, a beauty spot of the resort, the one in the world-heritage temples and shrines, the one along scenic driveways, and the one on sparkling surface of the lakes. Depending the place and weather, tourists can enjoy these autumn leaves sceneries on their own way until late November. The unique and rich natural environment of the Nikko area offers a lot of options to entertain yourself. For example, one can enjoy the autumn leaves viewing on a boat floating on the Kinugawa River, in a car along with a comfortable driving experience or on a road that you take a walk in a leisurely fashion. Now, select your own way to spend your holidays at the resort based on your travel plan and preference, and relish the lovely view that great nature creates only in this season as much as you like.
The joyful 40-minute river boat tour offers tourists beautiful sceneries of the ravine that great nature created. The best period for autumn leaves viewing usually extends from late October to late November. (Map 2)
The river has walking trails on its both banks. You should not miss the sceneries from “Nijimi Bridge” or “Musasabi Bridge.” The best period for autumn leaves viewing usually extends from late October to mid November. (Map 3)
The view from the dam site is just wonderful, and the colorful autumn leaves are reflected on the surface of the lake in sunny days. The best period for autumn leaves viewing usually extends from mid October to early November. (Map 4)
Around Kinugawa - kawaji hot spring, there are many good autumn leaves viewing spots that have been known through the ages, such as the area surrounding the world-heritage Two Shinto Shrines and One Buddhist Temple in Nikko, and the side of Lake Chuzenji. It is just breath-taking to see brilliant red and yellow colored leaves encompassing the whole Nikko area in autumn.
You cannot miss the night sceneries of the world heritages illuminated fantastically (November 1 (Fri) - 3 (Sun)). The best period for autumn leaves viewing usually extends from late October to mid November. (Map 5)
Along the about-25-kilometer lake side, there are many scenic spots to allow tourists to feel the grandeur of nature. The best period for autumn leaves viewing usually extends from mid October to early November. (Map 6)
This plateau area is known for beautiful seasonal flowers. The Kirifuri Waterfall consisting of upper and lower tiers is selected as one of the 100 great waterfalls of Japan. The best period for autumn leaves viewing usually extends from late October to early November. (Map 7)
Many exclusive events are scheduled for this season. You should not miss the magnificent firework show to be held around the Kogane Bridge in Kawaji hot spring. In addition, enjoy the popular event called “2013 Dam and Dam Lake Exploration Tour” and the new event to be started from this year, “Edo Wonder Night.”
In daytime, “Aki no Ennichi (Autumn Festival Day)” is held at the Kawaji Fureai Park, and locally-produced fresh vegetables and specialty products are sold there. In nighttime, the “Shikake Hanabi Show (Exhibition Firework Show)” is held around the Kogane Bridge in Kawaji hot spring. In this around-30-minute show, the original exhibition fireworks are set off and visitors can enjoy the mystical combination of the fireworks and music.
This popular tour takes tourists from the road to the water front with an amphibious bus. You can see and feel the nature around the dam from the lake.
Beautiful and finely-crafted miniature versions of the world heritages are illuminated by colorful lights. You can feel as if you are travelling all over the world in the colorful lights.
In two days, you can experience the nights in the emotional Edo town. Stalls are lined on the streets, performances that are full of surprises are show here and there.
The Nikko area provides excellent cooking ingredients that are carefully produced with high-quality water on the rich soil. Restaurants in this area offer delicious dishes that are cooked on their own recipe and style by using a variety of ingredients. Try as many menus as possible such as fried or sautéed food, or a Japanese-style one-pot dish, and fully relish the great autumn food of Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen resort.
The cattle is produced by cross-breeding Holstein bulls with Japanese black cows. The beef, which has a mild and richly-flavored taste, was named as the champion in a competitive show.
Because the pigs are bred on the rich soil of Nikko, quality of the meat are maintained at a high level. This specialty pork is tender, has no smell, and has appropriate amount of fat in the lean.
Yahio Trout is large-size rainbow trout, an improvement of trout varieties. In comparison with other salmon, its fat is light and mild, and its meat has delicious tastes that you can only feel with fish meat. Thanks to mildness of the fat, the meat does not have a strong aftertaste.
Nikko maitake mushrooms are cultivated at the feet of the Nikko Mountains without pesticides. Thanks to Nikko’s natural environment and with modern equipment, Nikko Maitake mushrooms are excellent in resiliency, taste and flavor, and is counted as one of the best maitake mushroom breed in Japan.
“Kamijishi-mai,” Nikko-produced Koshihikari rice, is grown by using the underflow water of the Nikko Mountains at the district called Kobayashi, Nikko, which lies downstream of the limpid Kinugawa River. The rice attracts widespread popularity as one of the best “brand rice.”
Local sake of Nikko is brewed at traditional breweries that are located at the feet of the Nikko Mountains. Produced by using local rice, high-quality water and yeasts, “Nikko Homare” is one of the most popular ginjoshu with no added alcohol.
Why don’t you use the “One-Day Visit Hot Spring” tour program and experience various types of onsen bathes? The participants can use not only onsen facilities limited for day-return tour, but also use bathes of many ryokans (Japanese Hotels for accommodation). Kawaji hot spring also sells the “Onsen Tour Passport” that allows tourist to use various onsen facilities.