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Domo arigato.
  • Nikko Line

  • Nikko National Park Shinkyo Bridge

  • Nikko UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Gojunoto Five-Story Pagoda At Toshogu Shrine

  • Nikko National Park Toshogu Shrine

  • Nikko Toshogu Shrine Kamijinko Shoro

  • Nikko National Park Toshogu Shrine

  • Nikko National Park Toshogu Shrine

  • Nikko National Park Toshogu Shrine

  • Nikko National Park Yomeimon Gate

  • Nikko National Park Yomeimon Gate

  • Nikko National Park Yomeimon Gate

  • Nikko National Park Yomeimon Gate

  • Nikko National Park Three Monkeys

  • Nikko National Park Rinnoji Temple

  • Nikko National Park Rinnoji Temple

  • Nikko National Park Rinnoji Temple

  • Nikko National Park Niomon Gate, Taiyuin-byo Temple

  • Deva King Nio-mon gate, Taiyuin-byo Temple

  • Chozuya Toshogu Shrine Nikko

  • Nikko National Park Nitenmon Gate

  • Nikko National Park Nitenmon Gate

  • Nikko Kokamon Gate, Taiyuin-byo Shrine

  • Nikko National Park Iemitsu Mausoleum

  • Nikko National Park Iemitsu Mausoleum

  • Nikko Yashamon Gate Taiyuin Mausoleum

  • Shinyosha (Shed of Portable Shrine) Toshogu Shrine

  • Honden Karamon Gate

  • Shinmon (Sacred Gate) Futarasan Shrine

  • Futarasan Shrine Nikko

  • Futarasan Shrine Romon Gate Nikko

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Facts & Figures

Nikko is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan. The Temples and Shrines of Nikko are a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 1999. That includes 103 buildings with unique beauty and importance for the Japanese culture like the Futarasan Shrine, Toshogu Shrine and Rinnoji Temple.

History

Nikko's religious history can be dated back till the middle of the 8th century. At that time the Buddhist priest Shodo Shonin established in 766 the temple of Rinnoji there. He introduced Buddhism to Nikko. One of the major attractions the Toshogu Shrine was completed in 1617 as the mausoleum of the warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu. He established the shogunate which ruled Japan for more than 250 years.

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Nikko is located just 140 km north of Tokyo and appr. 35 km west of Utsunomiya, the capital of the Tochigi Prefecture.

How to get to Nikko?

  • 2hrs from Tokyo Asakusa Station to Nikko Station by Tobu Railways
  • 2hrs from Tokyo Shinjuku Station to Nikko Station by limited express trains
  • 100min from Tokyo or Ueno Station by JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Utsunomiya and transfer to the Nikko Line

Sightseeing spots

Nikko UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

Futarasan-jinja - one of Nikko's oldest Shinto shrines (from 1619)

Toshogu Shrine - a Shinto Shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu

Rinnoji Temple - the most important temple in Nikko

Shinkyo Hashi (Bridge) - at the entrance to Nikko's shrines you will find this sacred bridge

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

April

Yayoi Matsuri (16th - 17th)
Mikoshi (portable Shinto shrine) procession will be held at the Futarasan Shrine

May

Toshogu Shrine Grand Festival (17th - 18th)
The most important annual festival in Nikko includes a horesback archery and a procession of 1000 warriors. The festival is a re-enactment of the funeral procession of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616) who founded the Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo (Tokyo).

October

Toshogu Shrine Autumn Festival (16th - 17th)
Is an repetition of the festival in May.