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  • Nikko Area

Matsuki Valley

The dramatic scenery of Matsuki Valley was created when wildfires and smoke from the Ashio Copper Mine caused the area's vegetation to die off, exposing the sandy stone surface underneath. Today, the rugged rock surfaces and steep cliffs have led to some calling it the "Grand Canyon of Japan." In winter, you may even see the Shirayuki waterfall frozen solid."

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Basic Information

Address Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-22-1525
Website https://www.visitnikko.jp/en/spots/matsuki-valley/
Map Code 947 082 155*08

Nikko Area

The Nikko area, in the northwestern part of the prefecture, is particularly mountainous. In the midst of the rich nature, including the 2,486-meter-high volcano Mt. Nantai, Lake Chuzenji, and Kegon Falls, there are numerous shrines and temples that are registered as UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites. From Kinugawa Onsen to Kawaji Onsen, hot springs can also be found throughout the area. There are a wide range of outdoor activities to enjoy as well, such as stand-up paddleboarding in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.

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