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World Heritage Sites and Breath-Taking Nature (2-Day Trip)

This is a course that contains history and nature. In addition to two World Heritage shrines and one World Heritage temple in Nikko, you can also fully take in nature such as waterfalls.

Schedule

Day 1

Kimono Dressing Experience at Nikko Utakata Kimono Shop

1

Why not rent an old-fashioned kimono and stroll around the World Heritage sites of Nikko? Dressing in the kimono takes approx. 10 min. and costs 3,800 yen (tax incl.) for one day. Savor an ambience that is extraordinary.

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

  • Time Required: 2 hours
2

The Shrine where Ieyasu Tokugawa, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, is enshrined

The most renowned shrine of “the Shrines and Temples of Nikko”-a Japan’s leading world heritage, is where Ieyasu Tokugawa, the great Shogun who started the flourishing Edo Period, is enshrined. Most of the shrine complex you see today was rebuilt in 17th century. The shrine contains 55 buildings including 8 national treasures and 34 listed buildings. The highlights are sumptuous carvings lacquered and richly coloured brilliantly, which you will gaze at craftsmanship assembled from all over the country. Do not miss the symbol of peace “Sleeping Cat”, and the “Three Monkeys” with the “see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil” poses!

  1. 10 mins on foot

Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine / Shinkyo Sacred Bridge

  • Time Required: 1 hour
3

Visitors come to be blessed by this shrine’s sacred energy.

This old shrine is a centre of worship located in the Nikko Mountains. Many visitors come to pray for good luck and success in love. The beautiful “Shinkyo”, a vermilion-lacquered wooden bridge belonging to the shrine, welcomes visitors to this world heritage site. The bridge is a popular photo spot and according to legend was constructed from snakes by local deities.

  1. 3 mins on foot

Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple

  • Time Required: 1 hour
4

A Buddhist temple praying for world peace

The history of the Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple started over 1250 years ago,
when Shodo Shonin (Saint Shodo), who firstly served as the head priest of Nikko, founded the Shihonryuji Temple.
Sanbutsudo Hall, is one of the largest wooden architectures in Nikkosan, and houses Buddhist statues
respectively symbolizing honchibutsu (original Buddhist divinity),of the holy three mountains in Nikko,
such as Senju-Kannon (Kannon with a thousand arms: honchibutsu of Mt. Nantai),
Amidanyorai (Amitabha Tathagata: honchibutsu of Mt. Nyoho),
and Bato-Kannon (Kannon with a horse head: honchibutsu of Mt. Taro), are 8m tall.

Nikko Yubamaki Zen

5

You have to eat the Nikko specialty of yuba (tofu skin) if you come to Nikko. Yuba is made by boiling soy milk and then lifting up the film that forms on the surface. Both your eyes and tongue will enjoy yubamaki in which Tochigi Wagyu beef is wrapped in rice produced in Tochigi Prefecture and then wound with yuba!

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Nikko-style Woodcarving Experience

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The Nikko Woodcarving Village Craft Centre offers demonstrations of making Nikko Geta sandals and Nikko-style woodcarving.

Visitors can try their hand at the traditional Nikko-style woodcarving by tracing designs on everyday items such as trays, hand mirrors and small plates. 

Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn)

  • Time Required: Stay one night in Nikko
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You can find accommodations on the websites below.
Bookig.com
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Day 2

Kegon Falls

  • Time Required: 40 min.
8

97 Metres high, Kegon has been designated one of Japan’s Three Most Beautiful Waterfalls

Kegon Falls is the most famous of Nikko’s 48 waterfalls. Water from Lake Chuzenji falls 97 metres straight down to the rocks below creating a dynamic and artistic work of nature. A special lift takes visitors to the basin where the force and roar of the water can be witnessed close up! Impressive in any season, the waterfall looks particularly spectacular when surrounded by the fresh green leaves in May, house martins in June, or the “12 falls” – small streams of the frozen waterfall clad in blue ice – during January and February.

British Embassy Villa Memorial Park

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Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!

After 120 years, the former British Embassy Villa opened its doors to the public as the British Embassy Villa Memorial Park on 1 July 2016. Ernest Satow, a British diplomat who contributed Japan’s Meiji Restoration, built a private villa at the south bank of the Lake Chuzenji in 1896. He loved Oku-Nikko, especially Lake Chuzenji as the area reminded him of the natural landscape of his home country. The villa was used as the British Embassy summer residence until 2008 before being donated to Tochigi prefecture in 2010 to be opened to the general public.

In the early years of the villa, Satow’s friend Isabella Bird stayed here for a month and wrote of the impressive landscape of the villa.

The British Embassy Villa Memorial Park presents exhibitions on British culture and the history of Oku-Nikko as an international summer resort. Visitors can lose themselves in this historic setting while enjoying teatime in the villa (additional charges apply) and Satow’s favourite picturesque view of Lake Chuzenji from the spacious veranda on the upper floor.

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