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What You Should not Miss in the City of Nikko

International Social Hub Where Ambassadors and Diplomats from Many Countries Gathered

Have a lovely time in the Lake Chuzenji area where embassy villas stood side by side in the period extending from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, and that Ernest Satow, British Minister, described as "the scenery like the ones in a beautiful painting."
"A Stamp Rally to Tour around the Villas of the Ambassadors from Other Countries and of the Imperial Family in Nikko, an International Summer Retreat" is being carried out until July 31.

British Embassy Villa Memorial Park

Oku-Nikko

The building that was built as a personal villa for Ernest Satow in 1896 and had been used by the successive British Ambassadors until 1997 has been restored and is opened to public. In the café space, visitors can relish the combination of scones and tea supervised by the chef of British Embassy Tokyo.

  • Term
    April - November *Closed on Monday in April, May and November (If any national holiday falls on Monday, the facility is open on the Monday and closed the next day.)
  • Time
    9:00 - 17:00 (November 11 - April 30, closed at 16:00)
  • Price
    Combination tickets (Italian and British Embassy House Memorial Parks ): 300 yen for adults and 150 yen for children.
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Italian Embassy House Memorial Park

Oku-Nikko

The architecture that was used as a villa of the Italian embassy for summer retreat for 70 years since 1928 is restored and opened to the public. From the villa, visitors can have panoramic views of the Chuzenji Lake .

  • Term
    April - November *Closed on Monday in April, May and November (If any national holiday falls on Monday, the facility is open on the Monday and closed the next day.)
  • Time
    9:00 - 17:00 (November 11 - April 30, closed at 16:00)
  • Price
    Combination tickets (Italian and British Embassy House Memorial Parks ): 300 yen for adults and 150 yen for children.
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Lake Chuzenji Boat House

Oku-Nikko

The building that adopted the style of the buildings in a beach resort around 1947 in the U.S. as the model has been restored. The scenery of the Lake Chuzenji viewed from the deck, café and observatory is just magnificent.

  • Term
    April - November *Closed on Wednesday in April, May and November (If any national holiday falls on Wednesday, the facility is open on the Wednesday and closed on the next day.)
  • Time
    9:00 - 17:00 (November,11 - April 30, closed at 16:00)
  • Price
    Admission free
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Enjoy Water Environment on the Boat Floating on the Lake and River.

It is said that diplomats from other countries enjoyed boating and fishing in the Lake Chuzenji area. Currently, visitors can also enjoy the sightseeing boat and rowboats. The Kinugawa river boat tour that allows you to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the beautiful ravines is also recommended.

Chuzenjiko Cruise

Oku-Nikko

A sightseeing boat to cruise on the Lake Chuzenji, a beautiful lake representing Nikko. You can tour many sightseeing spots along the lake and enjoy magnificent nature on the boat where time passes slowly and quietly.

“The Embassy House Memorial Park pier” has been newly built in June 2019. From the pier located at the place about 170m away from the Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, you can enjoy cruising to the sightseeing spots around the Lake Chuzenji.

Lake Chuzenji Rental Boat

Oku-Nikko

You can rent a rowboat or charming swan boat at the Lake Chuzenji. Enjoy the beautiful scenery from the lake.

Kinugawa River Boat Tour

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Feel yourself being gently rocked by the motion of the boat being guided through the water with the boatman's skilful control of the oar, as you enjoy a close-up encounter with the natural wonder of the Kinugawa River, with its seasonally changing faces and sea of richly varied rock forms. The ride delivers its share of thrills too, with the boat buffeted by sheets of spray as it enters the rapids. Totally immerse yourself in the 360-degree dynamic scenery of the Kinugawa River on this approximately 40 minutes boat tour.

  • Term
    mid-April - late November
  • Time
    Departure time : 9:00, 9:35, 10:10, 10:45, 11:20, 11:55, 12:50, 13:25, 14:00, 14:35, 15:10, 15:45
  • Price
    Adults: 2,800 yen, Children: 1,800 yen
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    0288−77-0531

Get Familiar with Abundant Nature in the Nikko National Park.

The Nikko National Park encompasses magnificent scenery of the nature consisting of mountains, lakes and marshes, valleys, and falls. Now, public transportation to the sightseeing spots registered under the Ramsar Convention, such as Senjogahara and the Lake Yunoko, has been improved. So, it’s the time to visit there.

Lake Yunoko

Oku-Nikko

The 3km-around Lake Yunoko that wears a mysterious atmosphere was formed by the natural damming of the Yugawa River after an eruption of Mt. Mitsudake. Around the lake, there is a walking course allowing visitors to walk through the area surrounded by a primeval forest of broadleaf trees and coniferous trees in about one hour, while watching various seasonal nature and wild birds. This area is registered under the Ramsar Convention.

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    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Akechidaira Plateau

Oku-Nikko

Akechidaira is located near the top of the Daini (Second) Iroha-zaka Slope.(uphill) By going up to the Akechidaira observation platform by the ropeway, visitors can enjoy a spectaclar view of the Lake Chuzenji, Mt. Nantai, and the Kegon Falls stream flowing from the Lake Chuzenji.

Senjogahara Plateau

Oku-Nikko

Located at the place at a height of 1,400m in the Nikko National Park, Senjogahara is one of the largest high moor in Honshu (mainland of Japan). It is said that the lake formed by an eruption of Mt. Nantai turned to the more than 400ha marsh over time. This huge area encompasses more than 350 species of native plants and various types of wild birds, and 175ha out of the gross area is registered under the Ramsar Convention as “Oku-Nikko-shitsugen” (the marsh in Oku-Nikko). Around this area, there is a nature exploration route, a hiking course that even beginners can walk through in about 2 hours. The most recommendable period to visit this area is the middle of June to the beginning of August when Cotton-Sedges and Meadow Sweets are in full bloom, as well as the end of September to the beginning of October when grasses to turn to red.

Kanmangafuchi Abyss

Nikko

A place of rare scenic beauty created by the lava erupted from Mt. Nantai, on the Daiyagawa River. It is said that the number of the group of about 70 jizos (guardian deity of children) changes whenever you count. In addition, visitors can see the legendary Sanskrit characters that are said to be sculptured by Kobo Daishi (Saint Kobo).

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    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Kamimiyori Water Plant Garden

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

This botanical garden located near the Ojikagawa River has more than 30,000 plants in about 300 spiecies. The garden is divided into 8 zones including the water plant zone, hygrophyte zone and Japanese garden, allowing visitors to enjoy viewing seasonal plants.

  • Term
    April 15 - November 30 *Closed on Wednesday in September - November (If any national holiday on Wednesday, the facility is open on the Wednesday.)
  • Time
    9:00 - 16:30 (Time of Last Admission: 16:00)
  • Price
    500 yen (September - November, 300 yen)
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Visiting the Places Associated with Shodo Shonin, the Person Who Founded the Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple

The Nikko, where is originated from the foundation of Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple by a priest called Shodo Shonin (Saint Shodo) in 766, has thrived as a sacred place of faith where Shintoism to worship the Mt. Nantai as god coexists with Buddhism to consider the place as the pure land of the Goddess of Mercy. Experience Japanese culture by visiting the shrines and temples deeply associated with Shodo Shonin in the Oku-Nikko area.

Nikko Futarasan-Jinja Shrine Chugushi

Oku-Nikko

Located by Lake Chuzenji, this shrine is said to be founded in 784 to worship Mt. Nantai. The shrine stands between the main shrine of Futarasan-jinja Shrine and Okumiya (rear shrine) located on the top of Mt. Nantai.

Through the gate to okumiya (the rear shrine) located on the top of Mt. Nantai, visitors climb the mountain. (Period of climbing: April 25 to November 11, outfits and equipment for climbing required)

Tachiki Kannon, Nikkosan Chuzenji Temple

Oku-Nikko

Tachiki Kannon is an associated shrine of the World-Heritage Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple founded in 784 by Shodo Shonin (Saint Shodo), who firstly served as the head priest of Nikko. The Kannon (Boddhisattva) statue that is said to be sculptured by Shodo Shonin himself is still spreading its root to the ground. In addition, the shrine houses various characteristic statues of Buddha, such as Hashiri Daikokuten.

Specially Cool Sweets for Summer

Shaved ice made from Nikko's natural water

Nikko
Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen
Imaichi

Nikko’s shaved ice uses the soft and fluffy ice produced by freezing Nikko’s mineral spring water in the natural outdoor coldness of the area in winter and storing it in an ice room.

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

Ice Cream in a Farm

Nikko
Oku-Nikko

What is most popular in the place is the rich-taste ice cream produced from fresh milk in a large farm located on the highland in the Nikko National Park.

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