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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
InquiriesNikko Strawberry Park
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.
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.
InquiriesNikko Tourist Association
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.
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