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NIKKO/KINUGAWA-ONSEN Promotion 2020

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

During this period, tourists from other countries can enjoy various benefits including free admission for popular theme parks, free hot spring bathing in ryokans, and hospitality with complimentary Japanese traditional cuisine served in the New Year’s Day. Tourists can also enjoy the benefits of discount for admission to sightseeing facilities in the Nikko-Kinugawa Onsen Resort and free bus tickets to tourist facilities and lodging facilities in the Kinugawa Onsen. So, do not miss the Nikko-Kinugawa Onsen area in this season when you can enjoy beautiful snow scenery and Japanese culture through a variety of events!

Please show your passport at the participating facilities to enjoy discounts and other benefits.

  • Term
    January 23 (Thu) - February 23 (Sun), 2020
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Benefit 1: Free Admission for popular theme parks!

EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

In this large-scale, cultural experience-based theme park, you can meet ninjas, samurais and geishas. You should not miss the spectacular Ninja Show and Oiran Theater performed in the space where the Japanese old streets in the Edo period (17th to 19th centuries) are reproduced. Your experience would become more special, if you play a role of a ninja or wear outfits of a samurai or Japanese princess.

Tobu World Square

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

In this theme park, you can see world's famous heritages and constructions in 1:25 scale. The park features 47 World Heritages including pyramids of Egypt and the Great Wall of China as well as 102 structures from 21 countries around the world, including the White House and Taipei 101. Elaborate carvings and dolls, and more than 20,000 trees and plants are also must-see items.

  • Term
    January 25 (Sat), 27 (Mon), 2020
  • Time
    9:30 - 16:00
    Illumination1: January 23(Thu) - February 7(Fri) 16:30 - 19:00, February 8(Sat) - 23(Sun/Holiday) 17:00 - 19:30
  • Price
    Free Admission
  • Place
  • Contact
    +81-288-54-2496

Benefit 2: Free Onsen Bathing!

Free Onsen

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

Day trip onsen (hot spring) is a service allowing you to soak yourself in the hot spring bath in lodging facilities, even if you do not stay there. Why not try to visit as many facilities as you can, and enjoy the hot spring bath that offers different atmosphere and experience depending on the facility. You can buy or rent towels in the facility.

Benefit 3: Discount for Admission at Sightseeing Facilities or get a Small Gift from Souvenir Shops!

Discounts or other privileges at tourist attractions

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

You can enjoy discount benefits for admission to the theme parks, tourist attractions and museums participating in the promotion. In addition, you can receive small gifts at some souvenir shops. And if you're a guest at a participating lodging facilitiy, you can receive a commemorative gift there. So, why not travel around the Nikko-Kinugawa Onsen area?

Social media sharing promotion!

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

Post pictures of wonderful Nikko on Instagram or Facebook (with hash tag #nikko, #kinugawaonsen, etc) and you'll get a free gift from us.
・Show your Social Media post to a staff.
・Only for “Open Account” to the public.
・Valid only for one post a day per person.
(Just one post will be counted for multiple SNS posts in a day.)
・We may use your posted pictures of promotion after annual term.
・This promotion will end when all of the gifts has been given.

Benefit 4: Japanese-Style New Year Cuisine for Free!

Japanese-style New Year Cuisine for free

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

During the promotion, guests staying at the ryokans and hotels participating in the promotion can enjoy complimentary Japanese traditional cuisine served in the New Year’s Day. Each lodging facility offer its unique menu including “Otoso” (New Year's sake), “Ozoni” (soup containing rice cakes and vegetables) and “Oshiruko” (sweet red-bean soup which is dessert for winter).

Benefit 5: Free Bus Tickets!

Free Bus Ticket

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Tourists can get two types of free bus ticket as a gift. It's very useful ticket for sightseeing from Kinugawa-onsen. During the period, one of the following two ticket types is issued on the day of sightseeing:
1. One-way tickets for the buses operated among the tourist facilities located in the area between the Kinugawa-onsen Station and the Kinugawa-Onsen
2. Round-trip ticket for the buses operated among the lodging facilities located in the area between the Kinugawa-onsen Station and the Kinugawa-Onsen

Special Tourist Information Centers Set up During the Promotion Period

The special tourist information centers provides information about transportation-related benefits (free busses etc.), guest benefits offered by hotels and ryokans, and admission discount and benefits from tourist facilities in addition to the travel information in the area.

JNTO certification Tourist Information Center

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

Spoken languages: English and Chinese (in some centers)

YOKOSO KINUGAWA KAWAJI-ONSEN DESK

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Spoken languages: English and Chinese

Enjoy Japanese New Year

The period extending from the end of December to January 3 provides the best opportunity to see Japanese traditional culture. Why not experience cuisines and events in the Japanese New Year?
Preparation for New Year: Wishing long lives of family members, people decorate their houses with lucky charms such as Kadomatsu (New Year’s pine decorations), Shimekazari (New Year festoon made of sacred straw) and Kagamimochi (mirror-shaped rice cakes).
December 31 (Omisoka or New Year's Eve): People eat Toshikoshi-soba (buckwheat noodles eaten on New Year’s Eve) with wishes for the lives that are as long as soba noodles. In the middle of the night, the sound of Joya no kane (bells ringing out the old year) is heard from temples.
January 1 (Gantan): People see the first sunrise of the year solemnly. Then, they eat Osechi (traditional New Year's food arranged in beautiful multitiered boxes) and Ozoni (rice cake soup), and drink Toso (New Year's spiced sake) with wishes to remove negative vibes and have long lives.
January 1 through 3: People visit temples and shrines to pray that they can have a peaceful and healthy new year.

Recommended Events during the Promotion Period

Lunar New Year and "ONI" Festival 2020 in Kinugawa-onsen 〜Celebration of the coming spring〜

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

In this event, the Chinese New Year is celebrated. This year’s event features the “Kaiun Oni Atsume Stamp Rally (Ogre Stamp Rally for Good Luck),” in which participants walk around to meet “oni (ogre)” originated from Kinugawa onsen and pray for good luck in the new year. Participants who collected all the stamps can receive the gift (limited to the first 200 people to arrive).

  • Term
    February 1 (Sat), 2 (Sun), 2020
    Kaiun Oni Atsume Stamp Rally: January 23 (Thu) - February 23 (Sun), 2020
  • Time
    February 1 (Sat), 2 (Sun): 10:00 - 15:00
  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Winter Tours with Volunteer Guides

Nikko

A volunteer group provides an English interpretation service for tourists to the World-Heritage shrines and temples in Nikko. Enjoy Nikko in winter more by touring with an English-speaking guide.

Course Departing from Tobu Nikko Station

Presented by: Nikko SGG Club

  • Term
    December 1 (Sun), 6 (Fri), 15 (Sun), 20 (Fri), 2019
    January 5 (Sun), 10 (Fri), 19 (Sun), 24 (Fri),
    February 2 (Sun), 7 (Fri), 16 (Sun), 21 (Fri),
    March 3月1 (Sun), 6 (Fri), 15 (Sun), 20 (Fri), 2020
  • Time
    10:00 - 11:30 (No reservation required)
  • Price
    200yen (bus fare)
  • Place

Course Departing from the Shinkyo Bridge

Presented by: Tochigi Volunteer Interpreters & Guides Association

  • Term
    December 7 (Sat), 9 (Mon), 21 (Sat), 23 (Mon), 2019
    January 11 (Sat), 13 (Mon), 25 (Sat), 27 (Mon),
    February 8 (Sat), 10 (Mon), 22 (Sat), 24 (Mon),
    March 7 (Sat), 9 (Mon), 21 (Sat), 23 (Mon), 2020
  • Time
    11:00 - 12:00 (No reservation required)
  • Price
    Free of Charge
  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Yunishigawa-onsen KAMAKURA Snow House Festival

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Oku-Kinu Onsen

In this fantastic event, about 800 miniature kamakuras (snow house) are illuminated from inside with candles. You could enjoy BBQ in the standerd size kamakura.

  • Term
    February 1 (Sat) - March 1 (Sun), 2020 *Miniature kamakuras (snow house) and BBQ: Closed on the Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Time
    9:00 - 21:00 (lighting time: 17:30 - 21:00)
  • Price
    Main Venue in Heike-no-sato: 300 yen for a night ticket
  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Oku-Nikko Yumoto-onsen Snow Festival

Oku-Nikko

Hundreds of miniature kamakuras (snow house) are illuminated from inside. In addition, fireworks are set off by the Yunoko Lake on February 1.

*The light-up of the miniature kamakuras has been canceled for 2020.

  • Term
    February 1 (Sat) - 8 (Sat), 2020
    Oku-Nikko All Japan Ice Sculpture Competition: About two weeks starting Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Time
    Lighting time: 17:00 - 21:00
    Fireworks: February 1 (Sat) 19:30
  • Price
    No fee required for visiting
  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Chuzenji-onsen KAMAKURA Snow House Festival

Oku-Nikko

Kamakura (snow house) building, giant snow slide, snowshoeing experience and other fun events in the snow.

Kinu-Hime (Princess Kinu) Festival

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Hina-ningyo dolls are displayed as a traditional custom (festival called "Hinamatsuri") to pray that little girls will grow up in good health. Collect stamps to receive commemorative gifts and enjoy special benefits for female visitors.

Nikko Hatsuishi juku "Ohina-sama" Festival

Nikko

More than 100 shops and houses on the road extending to the Tamozawa Imperia Villa display Hina dolls (dolls displayed at the Girls' Festival) to welcome visitors.

  • Term
    February 11 (Tue/Holiday) - March 3 (Tue), 2020
  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Seasonal Local Sweets

Strawberry picking

Imaichi
Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Winter is the best season for strawberry picking, because the winter cold is the most important element for production of good strawberries. Relish fresh and delicious strawberries to the full at a tourist farm that produces “Tochiotome,” brand strawberries produced in Nikko, Tochigi.

Nikko Strawberry Park

  • Term
    early December - early June (reservation required)
    Regular Holiday: Every Tuesday
  • Time
    10:00 - 16:00 (Last Admission: 15:30)
  • Price
    1,800 yen (child who has not enrolled in an elementary school: 1,300 yen). *The admission fee is subject to change depending on the season.
  • Place
  • Contact
    +81-287-32-4580

Flower Garden Nikko Hanaichimonme

Mizu-yokan (soft adzuki-bean jelly)

Nikko

Mizu-yokan (azuki red bean jelly) is Nikko’s winter sweet characterized by the feeling that the jelly glides easily down the throat and delicate sweetness. Because Mizu-yokan cannot be preserved for long time due to lack of refrigeration technology in old days, people used to eat it only in winter. Enjoy the taste of mizu-yokan that is cooked by bringing out characteristics of selected azuki beans and flavorful agar.

Related Information

Enjoy Onsens in Nikko and Kinugawa!

Enjoy open-air bathes from which you can view snow scenery in Nikko-Kinugawa Onsen where various types of hot springs in various qualities are welled up.

Enjoy Snow Playing to the Full in Nikko!

Scenery of snow and ice is also wonderful in Nikko-Kinugawa Onsen area. Enjoy snow playing and winter sport just for this season.

* We may change the details and prices. Please check the information in advance.