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Three-day World Heritage tour of Nikko and Standup paddleboarding (SUP) on Lake Chuzenji

Schedule

Day 1

Tokyo Station

  1. Rental car (2 hrs)

Gyoushintei Buddhist cuisine

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Nikko's only restaurant specializing in Buddhist vegetarian cuisine

Named after Nikko’s former Gyoushintei Monastery, this restaurant is the gateway to Nikko city’s over 1,200 years historical specialization in Buddhist cuisine. Its uniquely-flavored traditional Gozen-ryori is prepared in the Shinjo Shinryu style, which only uses vegetables, grains, and soybean-based products like yuba and tofu, making it completely vegetarian. And since they always use what’s in season, the ingredients change from month to month, providing a rare opportunity to enjoy seasonal, traditional vegetarian cuisine.

  1. Rental car (5 min)

World Heritage Site:Shrines and Temples of Nikko

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Nikkō Tōshō-gū Shinto Shrine, Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple, and Nikko Futarasan jinja Shinto Shrine are part of The Shrines and Temples of Nikko, which is a recognized World Heritage Site. This site comprises a total of 103 historic buildings, including 9 national treasures, 94 important Cultural Properties, and the historic ruins in the surrounding area.

  1. Rental car

Kinugawa Onsen

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A popular and easily accessible getaway resort from Tokyo

Discovered more than 300 years ago, these venerable Onsen were open only to monks and daimyo samurai visiting Nikko at that time. Since opening to the public in late 19th century, the hot springs have had many visitors and developed into a great spa resort. The hot spring water is smooth and gentle on the skin with a light alkalinity, and is thought to help nerve pain and stiff shoulders, relieve tiredness and promote good health. There srounded many theme parks or sightseeing spots, and good place for the base to go sightseeing in Nikko.

Day 2

  1. Rental car

Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura

  • Time Required: 6 hours
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Travel back to the Edo period and experience their life and culture!

Edo is the former name of Tokyo used until the late 19th century. This theme park authentically recreates town life in the Edo period. The huge village consists of rows of merchant houses, a samurai mansion, a Ninja village and much more. The culture of the Edo period comes alive through the townspeople and events, you can even put on a costume and join in yourself! The cultural park offers a real experience of the life and culture of the Edo period via their seven theatres, museums on history and culture and even Edo-style restaurants.

  1. Rental car (1hr)

Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel

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Stay at an Executive class luxury resort

Just a 2-minute walk from Lake Chuzenji and a 4-minute drive from Ryuzu Falls. Famous for its French cuisine made with locally-sourced ingredients and the outdoor spa with a “Soraburo” onsen. Enjoy a superior balcony- or deck-view of Lake Chuenji from any room.

  1. A few minutes on foot

Sup! Sup!

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Standup paddle-boarding (SUP) experience on Nikko's Lake Chuzenji. Enjoy SUP & SUP yoga on Japan’s highest lake. Sup! Sup!

Sup! Sup! offers a unique standup paddle-boarding yoga experience and a memorable guided tour of the beautiful nature surrounding Nikko’s Lake Chuzenji. We have plans for both beginners and experienced guests!
(Please make reservations via our website)

  1. Rental car (10 min)

Ryuzu Falls

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An iconic waterfall in Oku-Nikko renowned as one of the five greatest falls in Nikko

Ryuzu Falls cascades 210 metres down 10-metre wide terraces of volcanic rock from a historic eruption of Mount Nantai. The name “Ryuzu” (dragon’s head) comes from the presence at the base of the falls where a huge rock splits the waterfall in two. The area is popular for its stunning views of red and purple azalea blossoms from May to June as well as the autumnal red leaves in late September. The viewing platform offers the best view of the waterfall surrounded by the colours of the season. Ryuzu Falls is a popular location for visitors and is known as one of the five best falls in Nikko,along with Kegon Falls,Kirifuri Falls,Urami Falls, and Yudaki Falls.

  1. Rental car (10 min)

Okukinu Onsen

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A secret hot spring in the remote mountains

Hidden away in primeval forest, this Onsen is known as the last secret hot spring in the Kanto region. Four hot-spring facilities (Kaniyu, Teshirosawa, Nikkosawa and Haccho-No-Yu,) can be found here. Car traffic is restricted to the Onsen-kyo amidst the ancient beech woodland. Visitors can take pickup services arranged by inns or walk about 90 minutes to get there. At the moment two inns offer pickup services, and three inns (not Teshirosawa Onsen) are open to day visitors. Take your time to relax and unwind in these hidden hot spring villages.

Day 3

  1. Rental car (20 min)

Tachiki Kannon,Nikkosan Chuzenji Temple

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This branch temple of Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple was founded in 784 by Shodo, the first head priest of Nikko. The wooden statue for which it’s named—which represents Kannon, the thousand-armed goddess of mercy—is said to have been carved by Shodo himself. The temple is also home to several historically significant Buddha statues. It is also the 18th stop on the 33 Kannon Temple Bando Pilgrimage route, so many pilgrims visit to see it.

  1. Rental car (5 min)

Kegon Falls

  • Time Required: 40 min.
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97 Metres high,Kegon falls 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!

Kegon Falls offers stunning views every season. Deep green in early summer, red and yellow leaves in autumn.
in winter, the water freezes as it drops creating beautiful ice shapes almost like beautiful pieces of art.

  1. Rental car (1hr)

Kanuma soba Nira soba

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Enjoy the sweetness and aroma of Kanuma Soba

Kanuma’s native species of brown buckwheat has characteristically small seeds with a relatively thick, aroma-rich hull. Grown to full ripeness in Kanuma’s large, rainy forests, it has a profound flavor.
Kanuma soba is prepared using locally-sourced water and buckwheat flour, giving it a unique sweetness and aroma that are popular among its fans. Soba is a staple food in Kanuma, and nira soba was born out of the local tradition of using nira (garlic chives) to both add volume to and spice up their soba.

  1. Rental car

Yatai-no-Machi Central Park

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Yatai-no-Machi Central Park is home to the Yatai Museum, Tourism and Local Products Centre and “Kikusuien”, one of three famous gardens in Kanuma. The Yatai Museum’s exhibits include three hand-carved wooden floats – official local cultural properties – and videos on the Kanuma Autumn Festival which is designated an Important Folk Cultural Property. Take a close look at elaborate carvings on the floats and learn about the history of this famous festival.

Built in the early 1900s, “Kikusuien” was known as one of three outstanding gardens in Kanuma at that time. Many cultural elites such as Sumio Kawakami (a printmaker) visited and loved this Japanese garden. Nowadays many people come to the restored garden for its fantastic autumn leaves in late November.

The Tourism and Local Products Centre is a hub for tourism offering a selection of brochures about destinations in Kanuma in addition to a wide range of local products. At the Konjac café, visitors can enjoy a variety of dishes hand made from the local all-natural Konjac potatoes.

  1. Rental car (2 hrs)

Tokyo Station

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