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About Nikko National Park

The Nikko National Park is one of the parks that designated as the first National Parks in Japan. The park has a cornucopia of natural superb views, from beautiful and unspoiled nature in the Oku-Nikko district to the marsh registered under the Ramsar Convention, mountains represented by Mt. Nikko Shirane, the highest mountain in the area north of Kanto, lakes and marshes, valleys and falls. In addition, Onsen resources, gifts from the nature, are abundant in the park. Enjoy magnificent nature in the city of Nikko where the National Park occupies most of it.

Places to See in the Nikko National Park

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 (main island of Japan). It is said that the lake formed by an eruption of Mt. Nantaisan 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). 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.

Odashirogahara Plateau

Oku-Nikko

Lying on the west side of Senjogahara, 2km-around Odashirogahara is a rare grassy plain that has characteristics of both marsh and prairie. In the area surrounded by a forest of Mongolian oaks, visitors can view lesser celandines in June to July, and Mongolian oaks and colored grass in the end of September to the end of October. A single Japanese white birch standing in the center of prairie is called as the “Lady in Odashirogahara,” and is known as the best spot for photo taking. This area is designated as the special protection area in the Nikko National Park and registered under the Ramsar Convention.

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.

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

Senjugahama Beach

Oku-Nikko

A beautiful beach as ones on seas stretches over 2km on the west bank of the Lake Chuzenji. The beach is located in rich natural environment represented by the woods where you can see more than 200-year-old Mongolian oaks and Japanese elms. In early summer, you can see pretty Japanese primroses growing in colony.

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).

Kirifuri-kogen

Nikko

Located at about 1,200m evaluation on the north side of the down town of Nikko, the Kirifurikogen Highlands is a plateau area lying on the slop of Mt. Akanagisan. Between the end of June and middle of July, the community of about 260,000 root stocks of Nikko day lilies come into full bloom, decorating the hiking courses with the contrast of yellow and green colors and allowing the visitor to enjoy walking in an easy manner.

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

Ryuokyo Gorge

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Stream of the Kinugawa River washed the volcanic rocks erupted from a volcano 22 million years ago and created the natural formative arts consisting of huge strange and odd shaped rocks. The name of this valley was given after the image that a dragon wriggles. The clean stream of the Kinugawa River, rocks and trees surrounding them offer magnificent scenery like a landscape painting.

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

Setoaikyo Canyon

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Oku-Kinu Onsen

Setoaikyo is a valley that was produced on the upper stream of the Kinugawa River by erosion of tuffs. The 100m-high steep cliffs extending over about 2km presents breathtaking scenery to the visitors.

Kinunuma Swamp

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Oku-Kinu Onsen

This swamp lies on the highland marsh located at a height of 2,020, at the southern foot of Mt. Kinunuma. This area is known as a rich storehouse of alpine plants; visitors can view aleutian avens and bog rosemary in July, colored grass in the end of August, and flaming-red autumn leaves in the middle of September. When you reach to the steep mountain, you encounter with total 48 large and small swamps that let you forget the fatigue of the mountain climbing.

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

World-Heritage Shrines and Temples in Nikko

Nikko

Some of the World-Heritage Shrines and Temples are located in the special protection area of the Nikko National Park. Of the 34 existing National Parks in Japan, the parks that have the World Heritages inside are rare. The World Heritages consists of 2 shrines and 1 temple: the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple and Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine. The Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the most famous World Heritage in Nikko, enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo bakufu (shogunate). The shrine encompasses a variety of architectures and sculptures registered as the national treasures or important cultural properties, allowing visitors to appreciate great-flamboyant architectural beauties.

Oku-Nikko Yumoto-onsen

Oku-Nikko

Located in the center area of Nikko National Park and near the Lake Yunoko, Nikko Yumoto-onsen is a Onsen resort on the plateau area surrounded by the wetlands registered under the Ramsar Convention. The source Onsen is originally emerald green color, but the color turns to milk white, when the Onsen is exposed to air. The Onsen is especially liked by females, because it is rich in metasilicic acid. The hot resort offers variety pleasures thought the year, such as summer retreat, hot-spring cures and yukimiburo (bathing while enjoying a snow scene). Enjoy the relaxed time that the Onsen resort near the Lake Yunoko offers.

Let’s Go Hiking to the Nikko National Park.

Senjogahara Hiking

Oku-Nikko

One of the largest highland marsh in the main island of Japan. Around the marsh, path for nature exploration is located as a hiking course that even beginners can walk around the marsh in about two hours.

Lake Chuzenji Hiking

Oku-Nikko

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.

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

Hangetsutoge Pass Hiking

Oku-Nikko

A 5-hour hiking course from the lake side to the observation platform where you can have a whole view of the Lake Chuzenji and Hacchoudejima in front of Mt. Nantaisan.

Ryuokyo Gorge Hiking

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty of huge odd-shaped rocks and a limpid stream of the Kinugawa River, you can enjoy hiking on a 7km (or 3 to 4 hours) course for beginners.

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

Kinunuma Swamp Hiking

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Oku-Kinu Onsen

A course to walk in the rare and undeveloped nature where driving cars is forbidden, and to visit the Kinunuma Swamp that spreads over the highland marsh located at a height of 2,040m, the highest altitude of Japan as a marsh. The best period to view alpine plant is June and July.

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

Cycle around the Nikko National Park.

Oku-Nikko Cycle Share

Oku-Nikko

You can tour around the mountain area of the National Park easily by electric assist bicycle. The rental fee for the bicycle can be charged to your credit card through your smart phone in a convenient manner. English guidance and GPS functions are also available.

  • Term
    Open all year
  • Time
    9:00 - 17:00
    *Cash settlement can be accepted only for 10:00 - 16:00)
  • Price
    One-day (9:00 - 17:00): 1,000 yen
    4 hours: 500 yen
    *Cash settlement can be accepted only for one-day rental
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    +81-50-3531-6108

Spectate or Participate in Sport Events in Nikko National Park.

Nikko National Park Mountain Running

Nikko

This running event is held in autumn leave viewing season on the course starting from Nikko's shrines and temples. While running, participants can enjoy superb views of mountains and nature in the city. Participant can choose either a 30km course or a 15km course.

Nikko 100Km Ultra Marathon

Nikko
Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen
Imaichi
Oku-Nikko

Participants can choose either a 62.195km course to start from the World-Heritage Shrines and Temples in Nikko and run around the Kinugawa Onsen Resort and Nikko Suginamiki (cedar path) or a 100km course extended to the Lake Chuzenji.

It is not decided whether the event will be held in 2019 or not.

Nikko Suginamiki Marathon

Imaichi

The venue of this marathon, Nikko Kaido Suginamiki (Nikko Road Cedar Path) is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as thelongest tree-lined road in the world.

Tour de NIKKO

Nikko

Riding environment-friendly bicycles, participants can feel the abundant nature and long history of Nikko and enjoy interaction with other people.

Related Information

Nikko Yumoto Visitor Center

Oku-Nikko

Information of plants, wild animals and hiking courses in the Oku-Nikko district of the Nikko National Park is available here.

Nikko Natural Science Museum

Oku-Nikko

Videos and reference materials to introduce nature and history of Oku-Nikko are permanently exhibited. Information of hiking courses is also available. JINTO Tourist Information Center (Oku-Nikko Information Center) is located in the museum.

  • Term
    June - October : Open
    November - May: Closed on Mondays (If any national holiday falls on Monday, the museum is closed on the following day.)
    December 29 - January 3: Closed
  • Time
    9:00 - 17:00 (From November 11 to March 3, 10:00 - 16:00)
  • Price
    Adults: 510 yen, Children: 250 yen
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