Nikko National Park, Nikko

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At Nikko National Park, you can explore one of the country's most renowned and scenic areas of natural beauty. Covering a huge 1,147.5 sq km (443 sq mi) the park incorporates ornate places of worship (deemed UNESCO World Heritage Sites), a serene lake, and dramatic waterfalls. Being a center for Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship, the park offers you the chance to observe some of Japan's most revered and impressive shrines, including the lavish Toshogu, and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first of the Tokugawa shogunate. The main pastime here is hiking, with trails of various difficulty navigating all over the park. Be sure to stand at the viewing point of the dramatic 80 m (264 ft) cascade of Kegon Waterfall, as it empties from the lake above. With our international travel planner, Nikko attractions like Nikko National Park can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • My wife and I visited this place as part of our 2 weeks holiday in Japan. It was very crowded as it is a very popular tourist attraction and Japan is currently experiencing a tourism boom. They should...  more »
  • Such a beautiful place filled with historic temples, shrines, wildlife, and activities. This is a MUST VISIT if you have not been. There are train stations in Nikko and buses to get to different point...  more »
  • Nikko is heavily marketed as a tourist destination, but I am disappointed to report that it was barely tourist friendly. There are no elevators available at JR Nikko Station, so travelers have carry t...  more »

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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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