What You Should not Miss in the City of Nikko

Seasonal Excursion Information Spring 2014

Celebrate the spring with Cheery Blossoms in Kinugawa/Kawaji Hot Spring Resort!

Cherry blossoms are a synonym for the spring season in Japan, and many Japanese enjoy so-called “Hanami,” a Japanese custom to appreciate cherry blossom. The Nikko area, which is abundant in cherry trees, also has a reputation as one of the best sightseeing spots in Japan to view sceneries with cherry blossoms. Around mid-April when cherry blossoms are at their peak, the area is crowded with visitors, and many spectacular festivals are held to treat them. In Kinugawa/Kawaji Hot Spring Resort, you would find many ways to enjoy the season of cherry blossoms, whether it is daytime or nighttime; for example, how about visiting to various cherry blossom spots in and around the Nikko area in daytime, or taking a walk in a row of cherry blossom trees illuminated in nighttime. Stay at hotels in Kinugawa/Kawaji Hot Spring Resort, and enjoy the spring that you can experience only in Japan to your heart's content.

    Night Cherry Blossom Festival in Kinugawa Hot Spring

    In nighttime, cherry blossoms change their aspects, showing their fantastic and graceful characters in illumination. Visitors can enjoy appreciating cherry blossoms in the special seats placed under cherry trees, and are entertained by booths to offer Japanese-style confections and beverages, as well as performance of traditional Japanese musical instrument.

    • April 11 (Fri) - 20 (Sun)
    • Areas around Gokoku Shrine and Onsen Shrine
    • 18:00 - 21:00 *Current plan
    • Nikko City Tourism Association TEL: 0288-22-1525

    Tour to Walk around Cherry Blossom Spots in Nikko

    Participate in the walking tour to appreciate old and historic townscapes in and around Nikko as well as cherry trees that are more than 200 years old. More than 30 member shops offer various services for tourists, such as introduction of special limited merchandises.

    • April 10 (Thu) - 30 (Wed)
    • Sannai, Hatsuishimachi and Gokomachi Area
    • Nikko City Tourism Association TEL: 0288-22-1525

    Kinugawa Hot Springs Cherry Blossom Festival

    Visitors are welcomed by a variety of events will be held, such as Yosakoi Parade on Sakura-Namiki Street in front of Kinugawa-Onsen Station, and Japanese popular song shows and street performance at the station square.

    • April 20 (Sun)
    • The square in front of Kinugawa-onsen Station and the Sakura-Namiki Street
    • 9:30 - 15:30
    • Nikko City Tourism Association TEL: 0288-22-1525

    Cherry Blossom Festival at Kagoiwa Onsen

    You can enjoy both a day trip to the Onsen and a scenery of weeping cherries in full bloom. If you tell a receptionist that you are there to “see the Cherry Blossom Festival (or Sakura Matsuri in Japanese)” during the festival period, a special ballpoint pen will be yours.

    • April 11 (Fri) - 29 (Sun)
    • Bath House Fee: 500 yen
    • Kagoiwa Onsen Ryokan TEL: 0288-76-2020

    Best Time to View White Arum

    Let’s join the Ryuuoukyou hiking tour to discover unknown spots of the breathtaking magnificent scenery, as well as the plants flourishing on the great valley. Mid-April is the best time to view lovely flowers of white arum.

    • mid-April - mid-May
    • Nikko City Tourism Association TEL: 0288-22-1525

    Now Is the Time! Experience Water Activities.

    Enjoy water activities and explore the great nature in the tender spring green of Kinugawa/Kawaji Hot Spring Resort. Like river boat tours, rafting and canoeing, funs on the Kinugawa River are fascinating and endless.

      Kinugawa River Boat Tour

      A 40 minutes river boat tour to explore magnificent beauty of the valley created by the great nature. The tour allowing the participants to observe strangely shaped rocks rising up on the Kinugawa River is a must-experience item for travelers to Kinugawa/Kawaji Hot Spring Resort.

      • mid-April - early November
      • Adults: 2,700 yen, Children: 1,200 yen
      • Kinugawa River Boat Tour TEL: 0288-77-0531

      Kinugawa Rafting

      Even beginners can enjoy rafting without any worry. Rental of clothes and shoes are available, and photographing during the tour, soaking in onsen bath, and beverage after the tour are all included in the tour fee.

      • mid-April - earlyNovember
      • Tochigi Kayak Center TEL: 0288-77-2030 (090-7566-6082 at night)
        NAOC TEL: 0288-70-1181 (090-6497-9888 at night)
        e-rafting TEL: 0288-77-4802 (090-6518-9647 at night)

      Canoe Experience Tour in Kawaji Hot Spring Resort

      2 hour canoeing tour in a dam lake to move over total length of about 1km. By wearing life jacket, various generations from children to adults can enjoy canoeing in an easy manner.

      • April 20 (Sun) - May 25 (Sun)
      • 10:00 -, 13:00-
      • Single Kayak; Adults: 4,500 yen, Children: 3,500 yen
      • Nature Planet TEL: 0288-78-1177

      Learn How to Make Japanese “Soba” in an Easy Manner and Taste the “Soba” You Made!

      In 2013, “Washoku,” traditional Japanese cuisine, has been added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Among various Washoku foods, “soba” (buckwheat noodle) is one of the most popular Japanese food to rival with sushi and tempura, and has gained popularity even in overseas countries. In the Nikko area, visitors can have experience to make soba on their own. In addition, “Nikko Soba Festival” is also held in fall, allowing visitors from other countries to experience food culture of Japan.

        Seminar to Experience Soba Making

        Nikko’s handmade soba using Nikko-produced highly-praised soba buckwheat flour enjoys popularity in Japan, thanks to its aroma and taste. In this one hour seminar, you can learn how to make soba, and taste the soba you made along with tempura of vegetables in season.

        • Imaichishuku Ichien Hiroba
        • 10:00 - 16:00
        • 1,800 yen (200 yen is separately charged for the meal.)
        • Nikko no Sho, Handmade Soba Restaurant TEL: 0288-21-3910

        Edible Wild Plants Picking in Kawaji Hot Spring

        One of the most popular tour to walk around on the mountainsides near Kawaji Onsen to pick edible wild plants. The plants picked in the tour are cooked as tempura, and served with soba as lunch for the participants.

        • April 27 (Sun) - May 18 (Sun)
        • 9:30 - 12:00
        • Adults: 3,240 yen, Children: 2,160 yen
        • Nature Planet TEL: 0288-78-1177

        Pay Special Attention to New Cuisine “Nikko Otakarap”!

        “Nikko Otakarap” is new Nikko cuisine build on the concept of “WRAP” and “LAP.” As “Nikko Otakarap” foods, 16 restaurantss in the city offer various good taste dishes using local ingredients such as Nikko-produced Japanese pepper (or Sansho), tamari soy sauce and Nikko chili pepper.

        • “Nikko Soba de Galette and Pork Rib Roast in Sansho Flavor” by Trattoria Camino (Photographs) TEL: 0288-76-0867
        • “Locally Raised Chicken Tukune Miso Wrapped in Cream Pie” by Yukemuri Magokoro no Yado ISSHINKAN TEL: 0288-77-0008
        • “Big Mille-Feuille Cutlet of Nikko (Himitsu) Pork” by Oishii Mise Kodama in Kinugawa Onsen TEL: 0288-77-1433
        • “Nikko Soba-Man” by Restaurant Tsuruya TEL: 0288-77-1423