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Trip to Cool Down in Summer at the Summer Resort of Nikko

Why don't you fully take in the great nature in a cool area on a trip in summer?


Day 1

Lake Chuzenji


Enjoy a spectacular view from the excursion boat!

Lake Chuzenji is the largest lake in Tochigi, framed by 25 kilometres of incredible nature. The area used to be a popular summer resort for foreigners in the late 19th to early 20th centuries. The villas of French and Belgian embassies can still be found here. You can enjoy seasonal charms by the lake. Walking trails surround the water’s edge and there is an excursion boat available on the lake. The views from the lake are spectacular, particularly when the cherry blossoms or azaleas are blooming or when the autumn leaves are turning. The “Koyo-meguri” tour, enjoying autumn leaves reflecting on the lake, is highly recommended.
  1. 20-minute drive

Senjogahara Marshland/Odashirogahara Marshland

  • Time Required: 45 minutes

Find your favourite trail, and feel the magic of the seasons!

Senjogahara in the Nikko National Park is one of the nation’s most renowned marshland areas.
You can enjoy a variety of nature trails, 350 kinds of wild plants, and many species of wild birds. The trails offer magnificent views of the marshland with Mt. Nantai in the background, and an array of natural panoramas. The neighbouring Odashirogahara consists of unique grass and marshlands. The famous Japanese white birch tree known as “the lady of Odashirogahara” can be found here.

Oku-Nikko Night Hiking

  • Time Required: 1.5 hours

This is a tour to fully take in the charms of nature at night while being guided around inside Nikko National Park. You will be able to see creatures that can only be seen at night and experience the magnificence of the nature under a night sky that extends out in the clear air. Please enjoy the nature of Nikko that is different to that during the day.

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Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn)

  • Time Required: Stay one night in Nikko

You can find accommodations on the websites below.

Day 2

  1. 1-hour drive

Shaved ice made with Nikko’s natural spring water

  • Time Required: 30 minutes

Try Nikko’s Specialty! Shaved ice made from Nikko’s natural water!

Nikko is home to 3 of the 5 ice houses or “Himuro” that currently exist in all of Japan.
(“Hi” means “ice”,”muro” means “room”.)
The other ice houses are found in Chichibu and Karuizawa.
Nikko’s natural water is frozen for 2 weeks and preserved in an ice room year round.
The shaved ice is soft and won’t give you a headache even if you eat it quickly!
Each shop in Nikko has its own shaved ice specialty.
Try ujikintoki with maccha (powdered green tea),syrup and bean jam on top.
Maybe strawberry or melon syrup is more your style? Why not try them all!

  1. 30-minute drive

White Water Rafting

  • Time Required: 3 hours

One of the best attractions at Kinugawa Onsen

Jump in a rubber boat and work together with your fellow rafters to navigate the white water. Experience the natural surroundings in a way unknown to drivers or walkers. Follow the flow of the river, listen to streams and birds singing, dive into the water from the surrounding rocks, and fly down the rapids as if on a roller coaster, a variety of thrills are waiting for you!

0288-70-1181 (NAOC)
0288-77-2030 (Nikko Nasu Outdoor Service)
0288-77-4802 (eRafting)

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