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Hello, I’m Mio. Today, I’m going to share detailed information about Nikko, one of Japan’s beautiful and historic spots.

Basic Information about Nikko

Nikko is located in Tochigi Prefecture and is known for its rich history and natural beauty. It has been designated as a Special Historic Site and a Special Natural Monument in Japan. Nikko has been a spiritual site for centuries and is home to many famous historical buildings and stunning natural scenery. Some of the most famous landmarks include Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Falls.

Rich Nature and Highlights

Nikko is famous for its beautiful natural landscapes and historical sites. Here are some main highlights:

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko Toshogu Shrine is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo period, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The shrine is known for its lavish architecture and intricate carvings, including the famous “Sleeping Cat” and the “Three Wise Monkeys” (see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil). The beauty and historical significance of this shrine are truly impressive.

Kegon Falls

Kegon Falls is one of Japan’s three most famous waterfalls, with a height of 97 meters (318 feet). The powerful cascade and the misty spray are breathtaking to see. There are observation platforms where you can get a close view of the falls and feel the refreshing spray.

Lake Chuzenji

Lake Chuzenji is a beautiful lake located in Nikko National Park, at an elevation of about 1,269 meters (4,163 feet). The lake is surrounded by mountains and offers various activities such as boating and canoeing. In autumn, the colorful foliage reflects on the lake, creating a stunning scene.

Senjogahara Marshland

Senjogahara is a vast marshland in Nikko National Park, home to diverse plant and bird species. There are well-maintained boardwalks that allow you to explore the marshland and enjoy birdwatching and nature walks. The area is particularly beautiful from spring to summer when wildflowers are in bloom.

Hiking Trails and Walking Paths

Nikko offers several hiking trails and walking paths where you can enjoy both nature and history. Here are some popular routes:

  • Nikko Toshogu to Kegon Falls Course: This course takes you from Nikko Toshogu Shrine to Kegon Falls. It is a moderate trail that allows you to enjoy both historical sites and natural beauty. It is suitable for beginners.
  • Senjogahara Nature Trail: This boardwalk trail takes you through the Senjogahara Marshland, allowing you to experience the beauty of the wetlands and observe wildlife. It is a relaxing and refreshing hike.
  • Lake Chuzenji Lakeside Walk: This trail goes around Lake Chuzenji, offering beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. It is especially popular in the autumn when the foliage is at its peak.


Nikko is very accessible. From Tokyo, you can reach Nikko in about two and a half hours by train using the Tobu Railway or JR Line. Once you arrive at Nikko Station, buses are available to take you to the main tourist spots, making it easy to explore the area using public transportation.


Nikko is a stunning destination known for its rich nature, historical sites, and beautiful scenery. Whether you want to explore the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine, enjoy the refreshing spray of Kegon Falls, or hike through the serene Senjogahara Marshland, there is something for everyone. I, Mio, am captivated by the charm of Nikko and hope you get the chance to experience it too. Enjoy your visit!

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