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!
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.
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!?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.