What You Should not Miss in the City of Nikko

Seasonal Excursion Information Winter 2014

Stay at Kinugawa/Kawaji-Onsen Resort to Enjoy Festivals and Plays in the Snow!

Shin-Ootoro Bridge

Known for its excellent traffic accessibility from the metropolitan area of Japan, Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen resort has many great sight-seeing points where visitors can enjoy beautiful and precious nature in an easy manner, such as the world-renowned Nikko National Park. The sceneries of the gorge and mountains on the clear stream in Nikko remind many Japanese of their cherished old homes, giving them comfort and energy. Particularly in winter, the resort offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy playing in the snow through winter sports and snow trekking that even beginners or children can participate in and experience the marvels of nature of Nikko to the full extent. In nighttime, various events are also scheduled to invite visitors to the fantastic space consisting of the illuminated snow and ice. After you have enjoyed the winter excursion, of course, soak yourself in the good quality hot springs of Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen resort to refresh your body!

    Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival

    As an event certified as a “Historical and Cultural Night View Inheritance” by the Secretariat of Night View Inheritance of Japan, the Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival has become winter tradition in the region. Enjoy the fantastic world where dim lights from mini kamakuras (snow huts) are scattered on the snow.

    • January 25 (Sat) - March 9 (Sun)
    • 9:00 - 21:00(lighting time: 17:30 - 21:00)
    • Nikko City Tourism Association TEL: 0288-22-1525

    Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival: Experience Tour in Snowshoes

    An experience tour to visit a golf course closed for the winter season in snowshoes. You can enjoy the snow scenery on your own way, for example, by sliding down the snow-covered hill or spreading yourself on the snow bed. And, if you are lucky, you may find wild animals’ footprints left on the snow or even encounter the animal itself!?

    • On every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January 25 (Sat) - March 9 (Sun)
    • 10:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 15:00
    • 4,000yen
    • Nature Planet TEL: 0288-78-1177

    Hunter Mountain Shiobara

    3,000 meter-long slope! One of the longest ski slopes in the metropolitan area welcomes beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Kids’ park is also available.

    • Until the end of April 20 (Sun)
    • Weekdays: 8:30 - 16:30 (Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays: 8:00 - ) *By the end of January or after April 1, the slope is closed at 16:00. *During predefined period, the slope is open in nighttime.
    • 1-day lift ticket: 4,500 yen (adult)/3,500 yen (child)/4,000 yen (master - over 55 years old)
    • Hunter Mountain Shiobara TEL: 0287-32-4580

    Edelweiss Ski Resort

    A slope with a course design even beginners can enjoy. The facilities offer guests a variety of amusements such as snowboardcross and mogul courses and kids’ park, so that a whole family can have a pleasant day.

    • Until the end of March 31 (Mon)
    • Weekdays: 8:30 - 16:10, holidays: 8:00 - 16:20
    • 1-day lift ticket: weekdays: 3,200 yen (adult)/1,600 yen (child), holidays: 4,000 yen (adult)/2,000 yen (child)
    • Edelweiss Ski Resort TEL: 0288-78-0786

    Snowshoes & Airboard Experience at Onuma-Enchi (for Beginners)

    Why don’t you trek around the Onuma Lake area covered with snow? Experiencing airboard and having lunch by setting up a snow table on the Konuma Lake is simply wonderful.

    • Until the end of mid- March
    • 9:00 - 16:30
    • Adults: 7,500 yen-, Children: 5,500 yen-
    • Tochigi Kayak Center TEL: 0288-77-2030 (090-7566-6082 at night)

    Okukinu Snow Trekking & Secret Hot Spring Tour

    Various types of courses are available, from a snow playing course for children to an advanced trekkers’ course to experience the marvels of nature of Nikko. The tour offers pleasure even to those who have not been to a snow mountain.

    • Until the end of mid- March
    • 9:30 - 15:00
    • 8,500yen
    • Tochigi Kayak Center TEL: 0288-77-2030 (090-7566-6082 at night)

    Guided Tour to Unryu Valley Ice World for Beginners

    Only for a short period when the coldness is deepen, tourists can see the spectacular of Unryu Valley. You will be standing in midst of the fantastic world consisting of curtains of ice and 10-meter-long ice pillars.

    • January 19 (Sun) - February 11 (Tue) *Current plan
    • 8:00 - 16:00
    • 8,500 yen (One junior high-school student or older)
    • NAOC TEL: 0288-70-1181 (090-6497-9888 at night)
      Nature Planet TEL: 0288-78-1177

    Nikko’s Seasonal Festival: Yukiakari at Okunikko Yumoto-Onsen Snow Festival

    Various events are held in the Okunikko Yumoto-onsen (hot spring) area. One of the most notable event is the “Yukiakari” event in which about 1,000 mini kamakuras (snow huts) are lit from inside.

    • February 1 (Sat) - 28 (Fri)
    • 17:00 - 21:00
    • Admission free
    • Nikko City Tourism Association TEL: 0288-22-1525

    Bring in Luck at Chinese New Year & Setsubun!

    Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen resort holds a festival to celebrate Chinese New Year. During this period, visitors can experience Japanese custom to prey for the safety of one's family in the new year and enjoy a tour of power spots that are said to remove the negative vibes and bring in luck. Start the year of 2014 at Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen resort and bring in luck to you!

      Welcome to Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen

      Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen resort offers many attractive services especially for visitors from the oversea countries, such as Japanese traditional new-year dishes served at each ryokan or hotel, free admission to various leisure facilities, operation of free-of-charge shuttle buses and benefits for visiting sightseeing spots.

        New Year Festival

        In order to celebrate Chinese New Year, Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen resort sets up stages for music performance, demonstration of Japanese traditional new-year plays and entertainment performance, as well as booths for foods and drinks.

        • February 8 (Sat), 9 (Sun)
        • The square in front of Kinugawa-onsen Station
        • 10:00 - 14:00 *Current plan
        • Nikko City Tourism Association TEL: 0288-22-1525

        The 14th Annual Kinugawa-Onsen Oni Festival

        Kinugawa-onsen holds the great garamaki festival to toss sealed lucky bags to visitors as well as the great lottery event for the guests of ryokans or hotels in the onsen resort. In addition, everybody can enjoy local cooking ingredients at the large-scale food tasting event.

        • February 1 (Sat), 2 (Sun)
        • The square in front of Kinugawa-onsen Station
        • 10:00 - 12:00 *Current plan
        • Nikko City Tourism Association TEL: 0288-22-1525

        Festival and Ritual on Setsubun Day

        An event to prey for safety in the new year is held on Setsubun (the day before the beginning of spring). A man who was born in a year with the same Chinese zodiac sign as the current year carries around a masu (wooden square box used to measure sake, rice or beans) containing beans and tosses the beans, chanting “fuku wa uchi, oni wa soto (may luck be inside, may devils be outside).

        • February 3 (Mon)
        • Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikko Futarasan-Jinja Shrine, Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple, Chuzenji Tachiki Kannon and Nikko Futarasan-Jinja Shrine Chugushi
        • Nikko City Tourism Association TEL: 0288-22-1525

        Tour to 7 Fukujaki in Kinugawa-Onsen

        Participate in the tour to see ceramic figures of jaki, imaginary creatures that are said to remove the negative vibes and bring in luck. “Jaki barai omamori (amlet for removing the negative vibes)” is presented to those who collected 6 stamps.

        • Open all year
        • Kinugawa hot spring
        • Nikko City Tourism Association TEL: 0288-22-1525

        Dosojin Tour in Kawaji-Onsen

        Participate in the tour to see dosojin, guardians for the community that have been familiar to the local community. “Kaiun omamori (good-luck charm)” is presented to those who collected 6 stamps.

        • Open all year
        • Kawaji hot spring
        • Nikko City Tourism Association TEL: 0288-77-2052

        Let’s Go out for Strawberry Picking!

        Participants can pick and taste 'tochiotome', Tochigi-product strawberries that were cultivated by reducing agrochemicals, so that consumers can eat at ease. Tochiotome strawberries are big and very sweet! If you dip them in condensed milk (provided at no charge), you will be surprised at the amazing taste for sure. There is also an elevated cultivation glasshouse that accepts wheelchairs and baby carriages.

          Nikko Strawberry Park

          • Until the end of late June
          • Until March 31: 1,700 yen (One child who has not enrolled in an elementary school: 1,200 yen). *The admission fee is subject to change depending on the season.
          • Nikko Strawberry Park TEL: 0288-22-0615

          Nikko Hanaichimonme

          • Until the end of late June
          • 1,600 yen for one elementary-school student or older, 1,100 yen for one who is 3 years old or has not enrolled in an elementary school.
          • Nikko Hanaichimonme TEL: 0288-77-0866

          Nikko’s Seasonal Festival: Kinu-Hime (Princess Kinu) Festival

          Hina matsuri (Doll Festival) in March is a Japanese traditional custom to wish the happiness and well-being of girls by displaying hina dolls. In Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen resort, all the participating ryokans or hotels display their hina dolls and offer series of stamps for visitors’ collection. In addition, hand-made tsurushibina (suspended hina dolls) are displayed at some facilities around the resort.

          • February 1 (Sat) - March 31 (Mon)
            Display of Kinu Hime: February 21 (Fri) - March 7 (Fri)
          • Kinugawa-Onsen Station, Lobby of Nikko-city Fujiwara Sogo Bunka Kaikan located in Front of Kinugawa-Onsen Station, Tourist Information Center, Fujiwara Police Box, etc.
          • Display of Kinu Hime: 10:00 – 15:00
          • Admission free
          • Nikko City Tourism Association TEL: 0288-22-1525