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Seasonal excursion information Spring 2013

Feel season's transition in Japan under the blossoming cherry trees at the Kinugawa-Kawaji hot spring resort!

Colorful flowers of cherry trees, yama-tsutuji and yashio-tsutuji (types of azalea), and primroses are telling that spring has come to the Kinugawa-Kawaji hot spring resort. The scenery of fresh green leaves and blossom of the mountain cherry trees, a dramatic contrast of green and pink, on the ravine is something that you can enjoy only in this season of the year. Blossom of many cherry trees are also seen in the area surrounding the hot spring resort, entertaining visitors wherever they go. Among such many cherry-blossom appreciation points, you cannot miss a row of cherry trees on the street stretching from the Kinugawa-onsen Station; at the best time to view cherry blossom, a lot of local people and tourists walk along the street decorated by the delicate pink colors of the blossom over about 300 meters. There are many types of cherry trees in Japan, but, in the hot spring resort area, most of them are weeping cherry trees with white or faint pink blossom. If you see the trees caught and slightly swung by warm spring wind, lovely dancing of trees and blossom, your heart will be filled with pure happiness. In this time of the spring season, the Kinugawa-Kawaji hot spring resort holds the annual Kinugawa Hot Spring Sakura Matsuri ('Cherry Blossom Festival'). Enjoy the beauty of cherry blossom decorating the streets of the resort, and experience Japanese culture that the cherry blossom represents.

11th Kinugawa Hot Springs Cherry Blossom Festival

This annual spring festival, which is one of the biggest event of the resort, attracts a lot of tourists every year. During the event, visitors are able to enjoy a Japanese popular music show, performance of a Japanese calligrapher, playing of koto (Japanese zither), yosakoi dance parade, etc, as well as a great lottery event.

Period
April 21(Sun)
Time
9:30 - 15:30
Place
The square in front of Kinugawa-onsen Station and the Sakura-Namiki Street
 

Best times to see flowers in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring PDF

Hike and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the ravine!

If you wish to experience the nature of the Kinugawa-Kawaji hot spring resort with your body, the best way is to hike along the ravine. In the Ryuou Valley, which is known as one of the best picturesque places in the Kinugawa-Kawaji hot spring resort, a number of famous sights such as the Nijimi Falls are scattered, and the rocks and mountain streams in the area create dynamic art of nature. The scenery of the Kinutateiwa Long Suspension Bridge on the background of the ravine is also breathtaking. Walking in the path surrounded by the fresh green leaves will surely refresh yourself. In addition, the walking path allows visitors to walk and enjoy the ravine in a safe and easy manner. After the hiking, the hot spring of your hotel or ryokan will heal your fatigue of hiking and refresh your body.

Spot Map for Hiking

The time is now! Enjoy the thrill and excitement of water activities.

Kinugawa River Boat Tour
Period
Mid-April - early November
Kinugawa River Boat Tour
TEL:0288-77-0531
Rafting
Period
Late April -
Tochigi Kayak Center
TEL:0288-77-2030*
e-rafting TEL:0288-77-4802*
NAOC TEL:0288-70-1181*
Amphibious Bus Dam and Dam Lake Tour 2013
Period
April 20 (Sat) -
Yunishigawa DuckTour
TEL:0288-78-0345

Enjoy the nature more

* Tochigi Kayak Center TEL: 090-7566-6082 at night
* e-rafting TEL: 090-6518-9647 at night
* NAOC TEL: 090-6497-9888 at night

Try the Japanese Traditional Cuisine of Nikko!

In the Nikko area, visitors can enjoy local cuisine passed down through the generations such as yuba (bean curd skin) and soba (buckwheat noodle) made from Nikko-specialty buckwheat flour. There are more than 100 soba restaurants that serve hand-made soba noodles in the area; each of them select the buckwheat flour as best as possible and has great skills to made soba noodle. In the Kinugawa-Kawaji hot spring resort, you can enjoy not only the scenery of Nikko's world heritages and great nature, but also Japanese traditional cuisine. Take this opportunity and try the Japanese traditional cuisine.

Yuba

It is said that yuba was passed down as a vegetarian dish using soy beans from Kyoto in the Nara or Heian Periods. Yuba can be enjoyed in a variety of ways such as Sashimi or deep-fried food. Each restaurant in Nikko offers yuba dish cooked on their own recipe and style.

Soba

Nikko area is know as one of the prefecture's foremost producers of soba (buckwheat). The soba of Nikko has reputation for its rich scent, sensation when swallowing it, and sweetness. Relish the simple and inimitable flavor of soba made by using high-quality water supplied from the Nikko mountain base.

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Try Various Types of Onsen Manju and Select Your Favorite!

Each confectionary of Nikko has its own onsen manju (hot spring sweet dumplings) served in its own style and recipe: for example, ingredients such as azuki (red beans) and wheat, traditional recipe, or appearance such as color or shape vary depending on the individual confectioner. Why don't you try various types of onsen manju and select your favorite one?

Details

A wealth of spring events! Latest Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring information

The Kinugawa-Kawaji hot spring resort holds various events that allow visitors to appreciate spring flowers that can be seen only in this season. We recommend that you stay as long as possible and enjoy the scenery that shows different face even in a day.

Spring Festival in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring Resort


A lot of spring events await you at the Kinugawa-Kawaji hot spring resort. Starting from the opening event of the Spring Festival, various types of events are held in the season that is best to view spring flowers. During the "Haru Ichiban Kazekaido 'First Storm of Spring Wind Rush Alley' 2013,"the pageant to recreate the resort with the 15,000 wind mills, colorful windmills are scattered across the resort and their rotation by spring wind creates the atmosphere that gives everyone a sweet and nostalgic feeling. During the "Night Cherry Blossom Festival in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring Resort," cherry trees are illuminated in nighttime to create fantastic atmosphere, and visitors are able to view the cherry blossom in a different way from daytime. Stay at the Kinugawa-Kawaji hot spring resort, and enjoy spring of Japan in a leisurely pace with your friends or family.

 

Haru Ichiban Kazekaido 'First Storm of Spring Wind Rush Alley' 2013

Period
April 13 (Sat) - May 12 (Sun)
Inquiries Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen Tourist Association
TEL: 0288-77-2052

Night Cherry Blossom Festival in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring Resort

Period
April 5, (Fri) , 6 (Sat) , 12 (Fri) , 13 (Sat)
*Current plan
Only illumination is performed from April 7 (Sun) to 14 (Sun)
Time
18:00 - 21:00
Place
Areas around Gokoku Shrine and Onsen Shrine
Inquiries Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen Tourist Association
TEL: 0288-77-2052

Opening Event of Spring Festival

Period
April 14 (Sun)
Time
11:00 - 13:00
Place
The square in front of Kinugawa-onsen Station
InquiriesKinugawa/Kawaji-onsen Tourist Association
TEL: 0288-77-2052

11th Kinugawa Hot Springs Cherry Blossom Festival

Period
April 21 (Sun)
Time
9:30 - 15:30
Place
The square in front of Kinugawa-onsen Station and the Sakura-Namiki Street

Spring Flower Festival

Period
April 20 (Sat) - May 6 (Mon)
Place
The square in front of Kinugawa-onsen Station
InquiriesKinugawa/Kawaji-onsen Tourist Association
TEL: 0288-77-2052
 

InquiriesNikko Strawberry Park
TEL: 0288-22-0615

Strawberry-Picking Experience

Allows visitors to sample 'tochiotome', a variety of strawberry produced in Tochigi which has the ideal sweetness and sourness. They are also made hygienic by being suspended in mid air. For details please confirm in advance by telephone.

Period
Mid-December - late June
Time
10:00 - 16:00 (admission ends 15:30)
Prices
Eat-as-much-as-you-like for 30 mins,
January 5 - March 31, adults 1,700 yen, children 1,200 yen,
April 1 - May 6, adults 1,600 yen, pre-school children 1,100 yen,
May 7 - late June, adults 1,500 yen, pre-school children, 1,000 yen
Remarks
Closed : Tuesdays (except national holidays)
*advance reservation necessary for groups of 20 or more people.

InquiriesNature Planet
TEL: 0288-78-1177

Ryuou Valley Hiking (guided tour)

Enjoy a walk around the beautiful fresh verdure of Ryuou Valley while you listen to explanations from a local guide. The course is complete with a recreation trail, so can be enjoyed with peace of mind.

Period
Early March - (conducted every day) (reservations necessary)
Time
Mornings : 10:00 -, afternoons : 13:00 -
Remarks
Minimum number of participants 2 people.
2-hour course (for 2 or more people) * One-day course is also available.
Japanese guide only

InquiriesNikko Tourist Association
TEL: 0288-54-2496

Nikko Toshogu Shrine Annual Grand Spring Festival

In this event, people in samurai costume parade to the Nikko Toshogu Shrine to recreate the historic parade when Tokugawa Ieyasu's sprit was moved from Shizuoka to Nikko to worship him as a god. Parade of total 1,200 samurais is just magnificent, making viewers feel as if they slip back in time to the Edo Period.

Period
May 17 (Fri) 13:30 - 14:30
May 18 (Sat) 11:00 - 13:30
Place
Front Approach to Nikko Toshogu Shrine
 

* Changes may be made to the details and prices etc. displayed here. Please check before departing.