Nikko Street Views in Tochigi Prefecture

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  • Street Scene Nikko

    Nikko Street Scene

  • Nikko Station

    Nikko Station

  • Nikko Street Scene

    Nikko Street Scene

  • Nikko Residential Area

    Nikko Residential Area

  • Nikko Residential Area

    Nikko Residential Area

  • Nikko Town

    Nikko Town

  • Nikko Mountain Range

    Nikko Mountain Range

  • Pink Flowers in Nikko

    Pink Flowers in Nikko

  • Daiya River in Nikko

    Daiya River in Nikko

  • Nikko National Park Shinkyo Bridge

    Shinkyo Bridge Nikko National Park

  • Nikko UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Nikko UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Gojunoto Five-Story Pagoda at Toshogu Shrine

    Gojunoto Five-Story Pagoda at Toshogu Shrine

  • Nikko Toshogu Shrine Kamijinko Shoro

    Nikko Toshogu Shrine Kamijinko Shoro

  • Yomeimon Gate in Nikko National Park

    Yomeimon Gate, Nikko National Park

  • Three Monkeys Nikko National Park

    Three Monkeys, Nikko National Park

  • Nikko National Park Niomon Gate Taiyuin-byo Temple

    Niomon Gate, Taiyuin-byo Temple in Nikko

  • Yashamon Gate Taiyuin Mausoleum in Nikko

    Yashamon Gate, Taiyuin Mausoleum in Nikko

  • Shinyosha (Shed of Portable Shrine) Toshogu Shrine in Nikko

    Shinyosha (Shed of Portable Shrine) Toshogu Shrine

  • Honden Karamon Gate

    Honden Karamon Gate

  • Romon Gate, Futarasan Shrine in Nikko

    Romon Gate, Futarasan Shrine in Nikko

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Facts & Figures

During my visit of Nikko I had the chance to see the major tourist attractions (Futarasan Shrine, Toshogu Shrine, Rinnoji Temple and Taiyuin-byo Iemitsu Mausoleum) and the nice neighbourhoods of the town. Nikko is surrounded by high mountains, which creates a beautiful natural scenery. I was lucky enough to enjoy there the beginning of the cherry blossom season. Best Ryokans in NikkoExplore Ryokans in Nikko
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I made one of my first stops at the famous Shinkyo Bridge. The red bridge crosses the Daiya river and separates the shrine and temple area, which is full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from the town of Nikko. Btw you have to pay a fee to walk on the bridge. I was also able to see a short part of the famous Cedar Avenue of Nikko (a special historic site). It is with a length of 37 kilometers the longest tree lined avenue in the world. Approx. 12000 cedar trees were planted during the beginning of the Edo period (1603 - 1868).

My tips for local activities

How about exploring the beautiful city Nikko and its historical places within a day trip from Tokyo with a local guide. Check out this page for more details.

History

Nikko's religious history can be dated back till the middle of the 8th century. One of the first temple (Rinnoji) were founded over 1200 years ago near the Daiya River by Buddhist priest Shodo Shonin (735 - 817). In 1617 the famous Toshogu Shrine was completed as the mausoleum of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543 - 1616). In 1999 the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Shrines and Temples of Nikko - was established.

Location

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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.
Address: JR Nikko Station, 4 Aioicho, Nikko, 321-1413 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 in and around Nikko

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Futarasan-jinja - Futarasan Shrine was founded in 767 by Buddhist monk Shodo Shonin (735 - 817). It is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Nikko and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more >

Toshogu Shrine - The shrine was built in 1617 and hosts the mausoleum of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543 – 1616). This architectural masterpiece is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Read more >

Rinnoji Temple - The temple complex consists of 15 Buddhist temple buildings. Rinnoji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 766. The highlight of the temple is the Sanbutsudo. A hall with three 8m tall Buddha statues. Read more >

Taiyuin-byo Iemitsu Mausoleum - The mausoleum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 1653 by shogun Ietsuna Tokugawa (1641 - 1680). Read more >

Shinkyo Bridge (Shinkyo Hashi) - The bridge belongs to the Futarasan Shrine. It spans over the Daiya river. Shinkyo Hashi belongs to the top 3 outstanding bridges in Japan. The other two are Kintai-kyo (Brocade Sash Bridge) in Iwakuni and Saruhashi in Yamanashi Prefecture.

Nikko National Park - It is a great place to explore some wilderness near Tokyo. The hiking areas around the three sacred mountains (Nikko Sanzan) - Mt. Nantai, Mt. Taro and Mt. Nyoho - are very popular.

Lake Chuzenji - The scenic lake with Mt. Nantai in the background has a circumference of 25 km. Do not miss the spectacular 97m high Kegon Falls. Kegon Falls belong to the Three Great Waterfalls of Japan. The other two are the Nachi Falls within the Wakayama Prefecture and Fukuroda Falls in Daigo within the Ibaraki region. Read more >

Tamozawa Imperial villa - This former summer residence of the Imperial family in Nikko was built in 1899. The building is since 2000 open for the public. The villa consists of 106 rooms and the architectural style can be described as a fusion of the Edo and Meiji Period.

Utsunomiya - It is the capital of the Tochigi Prefecture and just 1hr away by train from Nikko. The city is famous for more than 200 goyza (Chinese dumplings) shops. Read more >

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

April

Yayoi Matsuri (16th - 17th)
A Mikoshi (portable Shinto shrine) procession will be held at the Futarasan Shrine. The festival dates back over 1200 years and is regarded as a welcome ceremony of the spring season.

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)
It is an repetition of the Toshogu Shrine Grand Festival in May.

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