Nikko is a town at the entrance to the Nikko National Park area. The famous Toshogu Shrine is Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine and is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the shogunate that ruled for 250 years until 1868. There are many other important cultural places in Nikko, like the stunning red Shinkyu Bridge, Rinnoji Temple, and Futarasan Shrine. In nearby Okunikko region there are many wonderful natural sighs including the beautiful Lake Chuzenji, the Kegon Waterfall and the Akechidaira Plateau.
There are a variety of accommodation options in Nikko. The Nikko Station Hotel features nice western style rooms. Many of our clients enjoy the traditional ryokan (Japanese Inn) like Nikko Senhime Monogatari, or Taikanso. These feature natural hot springs onsen and also traditional Japanese sleeping arrangements, futon mattress on tatami mat flooring.
Tokyo - it is approximately two hours from Tokyo to Nikko. Within Nikko itself there is a public bus system or private vehicles may be used.
Nikko can be visited as a long day trip from Tokyo but we usually recommend clients spend one night there to enjoy the area.
The timing of the autumn season can vary due to the many elevation changes across the region but usually early until late October is the peak.