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Nikko

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World heritage site · Sacred & Religious Sites · Waterfalls
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people. Shrines, mausoleums, and temples here represent some of the most intricately decorated and well-maintained Edo-period structures in the country, with the area having been of great spiritual importance long before then. Perhaps it's the scenery that made the place such a center of religious belief and worship, with the mountainous landscape covered in tall cedars, hot springs, waterfalls, and lakes. Taking a walk or riding between the natural features and UNESCO-listed heritage sites remains a high priority on most Nikko itineraries. Plan your holiday in Nikko and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Japan trip builder website.
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Religious Site
Nikko Tosho-gu
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Waterfall
Kegon Falls
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Water Body
Lake Chuzenji
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Bridge
Shinkyo Bridge
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Nikko

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National Park
Nikko National Park Japan
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Duration: 8 hours
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Garden
Ashikaga Flower Park Ashikaga
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Historic Walking Area
Ouchijuku Shimogo-machi
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Specialty Museum
Oya History Museum Utsunomiya
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Historic Sites in Nikko

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Historic Site
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
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Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
Nikko Futarasan jinja
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Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Rinno-ji Temple
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Historic Site
Yomeimon (Main Gate)
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Duration: 1 hour

Kid-friendly things to do in Nikko

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Theme Park
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
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Duration: 8 hours
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Theme Park
Tobu World Square
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Aquarium
Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen
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Ranch
Ozasa Ranch
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Duration: 1 hour

Nature in Nikko

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Waterfall
Ryuzu Waterfall
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Duration: 1 hour
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Waterfall
Yudaki Falls
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Water Body
Yunoko Lake
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Duration: 1 hour
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Canyon
Ryuokyo Canyon
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Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Nikko

Water Body
Sainoko Lake
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Duration: 1 hour
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Park
Italian Embassy House Memorial Park
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Duration: 1 hour
Historic Walking Area
Cryptomeria Avenue
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Landmark
Nikko Station
4.1
Duration: 1 hour

Where to stay in Nikko

Rich in history, culture, and nature, you'll be pleased to find that Nikko also boasts a rich variety of accommodations. Competition may be pretty fierce at peak times, but make your reservation early and you'll be able to find somewhere to sleep that suits your style. Luxury hotels and boutiques with "onsen" (traditional Japanese spas) never stray too far from the river, while hostels and guesthouses tend to be tucked away on side streets, and up in the north of town. Mid-range and standard hotels lie close to the main train stations and by the main plazas.
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