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What You Should not Miss in the City of Nikko

Destination Campaign

Nikko
Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen
Oku-Nikko
Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Oku-Kinu Onsen
Imaichi
Ashio

This spring, the JR Group and local communities will jointly carry the “Destination Campaign,” one of the largest tourism campaign in Japan, across Tochigi Prefecture including the city of Nikko. The city of Nikko will welcome the tourists with a lot of special events and valuable opportunities for tourist in the World-Heritage shrines and temples in Nikko, which are also known as places famous for cherry blossoms, and hot spring resorts. Do not miss these opportunities, and enjoy touring around the Nikko-Kinugawa Onsen Resort.

  • Term
    April 1 (Sun) - June 30 (Sat)
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Spring Flowers in Nikko City

Sakura Hopping in Nikko

Nikko

Take a walking tour in the historic town embracing the World-Heritage shrines and temples in Nikko, while viewing the cherry trees that are more than 200 years old. Special foods served only in the cherry blossom season are also available.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

  • Term
    April 6 (Fri) to 30 (Mon, make-up holiday)
  • Time
    The time varies depending on the facility.
  • Price
    No fee required for viewing
  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Night Cherry Blossom Party in Kinugawa-onsen

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring

“Ohanami” is a Japanese traditional activity to view cherry blossom and enjoy meals and performing arts. Experience the Japanese-style night party under the illuminated cherry trees. In this party, you can not only enjoy the special lunch box and street vending stands for cherry blossom viewing, but also experience tosenkyo (an ancient game to compete on points by hitting a target with an open fan) and ozashiki-asobi (games with Geisha) for free of charge.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

  • Term
    April 7 (Sat) - 15 (Sun) (Reservations required)
  • Time
    18:30 - 21:30
  • Price
    Special lunch box for cherry blossom viewing: 2,000 yen, soft drink: 200 yen, alcoholic beverage: 300 yen, etc.
  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Kinugawa Sightseeing Taxi Plan

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring

In addition to a one-hour or two-hour course to visit various famous places for cherry blossoms, a half-day course to view tender spring greens around the dam will be introduced from May. Enjoy the spring to the full with this special taxi plan.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

Japanese Primrose in Senjugahama

Oku-Nikko

This beach stretches over 2 km on the west bank of the Chuzenji Lake. In the place full of nature, you can see pretty Japanese primroses growing in colony.

  • Term
    Period of bloom: mid- June
  • Price
    No fee required for viewing
  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

History and Culture in Nikko City

World-Heritage Shrines and Temples in Nikko

Illumination of National Treasure Yomeimon Gate in Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko

The gate that is usually closed in the evening is illuminated only in this period for worship service in the night. The area between the front gate and Yomeimon Gate is open for visitors.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

  • Term
    April 29 (Sun) - May 5 (Sat/Holiday)
  • Time
    18:00 - (Time of Last Admission: 19:30)
  • Price
    Adults: 1,100 yen, Children: 350 yen
  • Place
  • Contact
    +81-288-54-0560

Illumination of “Nitenmon Gate” to the tomb of Tokugawa Iemitsu in Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple

Nikko

The Nitenmon Gate that has been under repair is opened for the first time in 7 years. Visitors can see the fantastic scenery of the illuminated gate. The area between the Niomon Gate and the front shrine in Taiyuin is open for visitors.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

Special “Yoien (Good Match)” Worship Service in Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine

Nikko

During this period, the shrine is illuminated for the special worship service at the front shrine. The front shrine and baketoro (ghosts’ garden lantern) are open for visitors.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

Special Worship Service on Shinkyo Bridge in Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine

Nikko

As a special event on the Shinkyo Bridge, which is known as good-luck bridge to present good matches, the special straps to wish good matches are given to visitors who cross the bridge.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

Vilas of Imperial Family and Ambassadors

Special Opening of Embassy Villas of Kingdom of Belgium

Oku-Nikko

The villa that is still used as the embassy villa is opened to the public for the first time in a limited period.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

Stamp Rally to Visit Villas of Imperial Family and Ambassadors

Oku-Nikko

In the Lake Chuzenji area that has renowned as an international summer retreat, a stamp rally to visit villas of 5 countries is taken place.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

Nature in Nikko City

Lake Chuzenji

Oku-Nikko

Lying on the skirt of Mt. Nantaisan, the Chuzenji Lake is located at an altitude of 1,269m, one of the highest locations of Japanese lakes. It is said that this lake was formed by an eruption of Mt. Nantaisan about 20,000 years ago. In the 19th and 20th centuries, villas owned by foreigners and embassies of oversea countries were built in this area and obtained popularity as an international summer resort. A hiking course runs along this 25km-around lake, and visitor can view azalea flowers in early summer, as well as colorful leaves in autumn.

  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Kegon Falls

Oku-Nikko

The Kegon Falls, the great falls at a height of 97m, is ranked in the three great falls of Japan. Visitors can fully enjoy magnificent scenery and beautiful formative arts created by the nature. In May, the area is decorated with fresh green of leaves; in June, Asian house martins come flying; and in January and February, whole of the falls is frozen to blue ice. Near the falls, there is an observatory platform allowing visitors to see the basin of falls from the close location (admission-paid).

Chuzenji Lake Tenku-no-Hoshizora (Starry Night) Taxi

Oku-Nikko

Take a taxi to the 1,753m-high Mt. Hangetsu Observation Platform and enjoy sweeping view of starry sky and town lights at night in Tokyo.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

Illumination of geysers in Kawamata Onsen Resort

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Oku-Kinu Onsen

In the center area of the hot spring resort, the geysers that erupt to the height of about 30 m approximately every 60 minutes are illuminated.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

  • Term
    April 1 (Sun) - June 30 (Sat)
  • Time
    18:00 - 22:00
  • Price
    No fee required for viewing
  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Canoeing Experience Tour in Kawaji Onsen Resort

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Experience canoeing and kayaking on the Koami Dam Lake. Beginners are also welcome.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

  • Term
    April 14 (Sat) - June 30 (Sat)
  • Time
    10:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 15:00
  • Price
    Adult: 5,000 yen, Elementary school students: 4,000 yen
  • Place
  • Contact
    +81-288-78-1177

Onsen in Nikko

Onsen

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen
Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Oku-Kinu Onsen
Oku-Nikko
Nikko

The city of Nikko has a variety of hot spring resorts with different spring qualities. Soak in a hot spring bath unique to the place and enjoy the distinctness of the color, odor, feeling and effect of each spring quality.

Yumeguri Tegata (Passport for Hot Spring Tour) in Oku-Nikko Yumoto-Onsen Resort

Oku-Nikko

You can enjoy special offer for day trips to at most three of the hot spring facilities participating in the campaign presented by the Oku-Nikko Yumoto-Onsen Resort.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

Local Cuisines of Nikko

Welcoming with Nikko-Produced Strawberry - Strawberry Kingdom -

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

In Nikko city known as the production area of brand strawberry “Tochiotome,” visitors can taste and buy strawberries picked by local farmers in the morning.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

  • Term
    Sundays in April and May, 30 April (Mon / Holiday) and May 3 (Thu/ Holiday) - 5 (Sat / Holiday)
  • Time
    9:45 – 12:30
  • Price
    Admission free
  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Tochigi Local Sake Festival

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Tochigi Prefecture that has good water sources is famous for production of Japanese sake. You can participate in the event where you can taste a variety of Tochigi’s local sake at 100 yen per glass for comparison.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

Kinugawa Onsen Taverna

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring

Participate in the tour to eat and drink local cuisine at the Kinugawa-Kawaji Onsen Resort in the night. By showing the wrist band used as a ticket, you can receive discount prices and special menu.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

  • Term
    April 1 (Sun) - June 30 (Sat)
  • Time
    The time varies depending on the facility.
  • Price
    Participation fee: 300 yen (including a wrist band and map in Japanese) * Expense of food and drink is to be paid separately.
  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Oku-Nikko Trout Dish Stamp Rally

Oku-Nikko

An event to relish famous trout dishes in the lodging facilities and restaurants by the Chuzenji Lake. Participate in the event and win the luxurious prizes.

Special Opportunities for the Destination Campaign

  • Term
    April 1 (Sun) - June 30 (Sat)
  • Time
    The time varies depending on the facility.
  • Price
    No participation fee required * Expense of food and drink is to be paid separately.
  • Place
  • Contact
    Office for Oku-Nikko Trout Dish Stamp Rally
    +81-288-55-0212

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