What You Should not Miss in the City of Nikko

Seasonal excursion information Summer 2013

Let's enjoy water activities at Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring this summer!

Nikko, where has a history as internationally flourished summer resort in old times from 19th century to 20th century, has cool climate enough to be called "natural refrigerator". In Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring area, we recommend water activities for this season in Kinugawa River known as one of the most beautiful valley in Japan. You can enjoy whole day playing various activities such as Kinugawa River Boat Tour, rafting, canyoning and canoeing feeling the magnificent nature in Kinugawa River. Above all, Kinugawa River Boat Tour is the most famous activity in which you can enjoy the beauty of the valley created by grand nature going down the river slowly. You cannot miss skillful rowing by a experienced boatman too. Also, even beginners or parents and children can enjoy Canoeing Experience Tour without hesitation as an experienced instructor is to be attended during this tour. Grab the Fish is a populous event in summer in which you can eat grilled fish you grabbed by yourself with salt. Why not get refreshed in the hot spring after these water activities?

Kinugawa River Boat Tour

Boat tour visiting strangely shaped rocks such as Tateiwa Rock or Gorilla Rock. You can enjoy magnificent sculpture-like beauty created by grand nature.

  • Until the end of November (Reservations necessary)
  • 9:00, 9:35, 10:10, 10:45, 11:20, 11:55, 12:50, 13:25, 14:00, 14:35,15:10, 15:45
  • Adult: 2,500 yen, Child: 1,100 yen (Group discounts available)
  • Kinugawa River Boat Tour
    TEL: 0288-77-0531

Kinugawa Rafting

Outdoor tour going down the stream of the valley with all other passengers. Enjoy Kinugawa River nature in various activities.

  • Until the end of November (Reservations necessary)
  • Twice daily in the morning/afternoon
  • Adult: 8,000 yen, Elementary school students: 6,500 yen (Group discounts available)
  • NAOC
    TEL: 0288-70-1181 (090-6497-9888 at night)
    Tochigi Kayak Center
    TEL: 0288-77-2030 (090-7566-6082 at night)
    TEL: 0288-77-4802 (090-6518-9647 at night)


Thrilling experience such as jumping into a basin of a waterfall and slide down the natural rapid stream with your body. The populous tour even children can participate.

  • Until the end of September (Reservations necessary)
  • 9:30 - 11:30, 13:30 - 15:00
  • Please contact.
  • NAOC
    TEL: 0288-70-1181 (090-6497-9888 at night)
    TEL: 0288-77-4802 (090-6518-9647 at night)

Yumama ni Canadian Canoeing in Kawaji

60 minutes canoeing experience. Barbeque at river beach and cooking pizza in stone oven are available as option plans.

  • July 29 (Mon) - August 25 (Sun) (Reservations necessary)
  • 10:00 - 11:30, 12:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 15:30
  • Adult: 3,000 yen, Child below elementary school age: 2,000 yen (1,000 yen discount for the guests of Kinugawa - Kawaji hot spring)
  • The event may be cancelled depending on the weather.
  • Nature Planet
    TEL: 0288-78-1177

Kinugawa River Canoe Picnic

Safe and enjoyable canoe tour for beginners of all ages. Enjoy water activities like swimming and jumping from rocks.

  • Until the end of November (Reservations necessary)
  • Twice daily in the morning/afternoon
  • Single seater; Adult: 7,000 yen, Elementary school students: 5,000 yen
    Two seater; 10,000 yen (5,000 yen for each person)
  • Tochigi Kayak Center
    TEL: 0288-77-2030 (090-7566-6082 at night)

Grab the Fish

Grabbing and fishing of rainbow trout in mountain stream. Populous activity for all families from children to adults.

  • July 25 (Thu) - August 25 (Sun)
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • At Kinugawa Hot Spring Obarasawa; 1,000 yen (Guests of member accommodation of Kinugawa-onsen Association of Ryokans: 700 yen)
    At Kawaji hot spring Shikagawa river beach; Adult: 1,000 yen, Child 800 yen (Guests of Kawaji hot spring: 200 yen)
  • The event may be cancelled depending on the weather.
  • Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen Tourist Association
    TEL: 0288-77-2052

Introducing summer festivals and events : occasions for hands-on experience of Japanese tradition and culture.

Why not experience atmosphere of Japanese tradition and culture in major summer event in Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring? In Ryuou Festival in July, a lot of mikoshi parade around Kinugawa Hot Spring, while folk entertainment performances and various shows are held at the stages. In Hot Spring Summer Festival in August, you can participate in Bon Dancing freely in hot spring district enjoying fireworks. Night Festival Over the Bridge is also recommended, in which you can enjoy walking through Kinugawa hot spring district with beer feeling cool wind. Why not go out for it after checking-in at hotels?

45th Ryuou Festival

Summer tradition in Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring. Mikoshi parade, folk entertainment performances are held livened up by fireworks.

  • Shrine ritual (Ryuou Valley): July 26 (Fri)
    Kinugawa Hot Spring: July 26 (Fri), 27 (Sat)
    Kawaji Hot Spring: July 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun)
  • Kinugawa Hot Spring, Kawaji Hot Spring, Ryuou Valley
  • Varies depending on the event
  • Admission free
  • Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen Tourist Association
    TEL: 0288-77-2052

Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring Summer Festival

Bon Dancing in hot spring district, shops, free drink service and lottery are scheduled.

  • Kinugawa Hot Spring: August 13 (Tue), 14 (Wed)
    Kawaji Hot Spring: August 14 (Wed), 15 (Thu)
  • Kinugawa: Yunomachi Park
    Kawaji: Kawaji Fureai Park
  • Varies depending on the event
  • Admission free
  • Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen Tourist Association
    TEL: 0288-77-2052

Kinugawa Hot Spring Fureaibashi Bridge Beer Garden

Enjoy walking through Kinugawa hot spring district which has different atmosphere at nights and cold beer feeling cool wind.

  • August 9 (Fri) - 18 (Sun)
  • On Kinugawa Hot Spring Fureaibashi Bridge
  • 18:00 - 21:00
  • Admission free
  • Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen Tourist Association
    TEL: 0288-77-2052

Mizukake Shishi Mikoshi

Event only in summer season held to pray for being in sound health or realization of great ambition spraying water on mikoshi. Watch mikoshi parading around Edo and feel the coolness of Japan.

  • EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Entrance fee (1-day ticket) ; Adult: 4,500 yen, Child: 2,300 yen
  • EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura
    TEL: 0288-77-1777

Aqua Ball and Aqua Roller

Aqua Ball that was popular last year comes back. This year Aqua Roller for two-riders is newly introduced. Let's play on the water as much as you want on a hot summer!

  • July 20 (Sat) - August 31 (Sat)
  • Kinugawa - Kawaji 3D Space & Dinosaur Museum
  • 800 yen (300 yen discount for the visitors to 3D)
    TEL: 0288-70-1066

Lily Park

One of Japan's largest lily fields. 5 million lilies of 50 different varieties such as Asiatic hybrid and oriental hybrid bloom profusely in 100,000m2 field.

  • July 20 (Sat) - September 1 (Sun) *Current plan
  • Hunter Mountain Lily Park
  • 9:00-16:00 (last lift to top)
  • Admission + flower lift one-way; Adult: 1,500 yen, Child: 700 yen
  • Hunter Mountain
    TEL: 0287-32-4580

Let's taste specialty products in Nikko - Kinugawa with sweets in summer

Natural ice made of underground water of Nikko Renzan is a brand ice of Nikko stocked in warehouse during winter and put out in summer. You can taste original soft cream not only of local strawberry, Tochiotome, but also of lily and begonia that has colorful appearance.

Shaved ice made from Nikko's natural water

Tobu World Square TEL: 0288-77-1055

Soft ice with condensed milk and Tochiotome

Trick Art Pia TEL: 0288-77-3565

Modest light covering hot spring district. "Moonlight Flower Gallery Chapter 4" is held.

During 10 days event period, fantastic Andon light covers Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring district gently. The flowers arranged by Mr.Hiroki Maeno, famous Japanese practitioner of flower arrangement are decorated this year. "The Concert in Moonlight" using traditional Japanese music instruments is held in the extraordinary atmosphere, restaurants open, and "Visit Hot Spring" where you can enjoy hot springs of some Ryokans is held, also powdered green tea is served in weekends. Please experience hot springs and nature you cannot have in urban life.

Moonlight Flower Gallery Chapter 4

  • September 7 (Sat) - 16 (Mon)
  • Kinugawa Hot Spring : Yasukuni Shrine, Onsen Shrine, Yunomachi Park, Takimi Park
    Kawaji Hot Spring : Kawaji Hot Spring District, Kawaji Fureai Park Area
  • 19:00 - 22:00 (lighting time)
  • Admission free
  • Moonlight Flower Gallery Executive committee
    TEL: 0288-77-2052 (Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen Tourist Association)