Akechidaira Observation Area, Nikko

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Enjoy magnificent views of Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls from Akechidaira Observation Area, a plateau near the top of the steep, meandering Irohazaka road. You can take a three-minute cable car on the Akechidaira ropeway to reach the top of the observatory, which is on the way the lake, or you can hike for three to four hours to reach it. The ropeway ride may be cancelled due to bad weather and, if traveling by bus, check the schedule to avoid getting stuck for a while with not much to do. The observatory has a parking with a souvenir shop and a cafeteria. To visit Akechidaira Observation Area on your trip to Nikko, use our Nikko trip planner .
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  • Ropeway resting place with retro drifting in the middle of the No. 2 iroha-Zaka slope 2 to view the spectacular climb 3 minutes. Come to visit also the ropeway no waiting time and get helpful. You can see large pulleys on the Summit.
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  • this ropeway is quite short but it gets you to the top of the mountain where you can see perfectly the waterfall, the lake and the village. we arrived around 9am and we didn't have to wait, but later ...  more »
  • We went there on a foggy and rainy day and the management did put out a sign that said visibility is extremely low due to the fog. That's why we didn't get on the ropeway. And we appreciate how the Ja...  more »

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