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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.