Shrines and Temples Fused with Nature
Venture into the Shrines and Temples of Nikko, a UNESCO World Heritage Site composing of 103 stunning structures. Marvel at the lavish decorations and rich details of the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. Connect with nature at the scenic Lake Chuzenji and be captivated by its crystal clear waters. Visit Kegonnotaki Falls where the mood changes every season. From its frozen falls during winter to the accompanying leaves during the autumn foliage. Marvel at the sight of Mount Nantai and Mount Nikko Shirane and watch as the water flows along Kinugawa River. View the Moor landscape from a high elevation at Senjogahara and dip in the hot spring at Oku-Nikko Yumoto Onsen and Yunishigawa Onsen.
Cornucopia of Breathtaking Views
Located at the end of Tochigi Prefecture, explore the natural wonders of Nasu and Shiobara. Walk through Nasu Heisei-no-mori Forest and admire the wide variety of flora and fauna and other rare species in the 560 hectares forest. Hike up one of the many impressive trails of Mount Chausu and enjoy a panoramic view of the Kanto Plain. Prepare to be amazed at the majestic views of the five volcano peaks also known as Nasu Five Peaks. Step into the Shiobara Gorge and its nature trail before stopping by Ryuka Falls where you can gaze at the 130-meter picturesque waterfall. Visit the other astounding waterfalls on the way including Fukyo Falls and Mikaeri Falls which you can see from the Momiji Gorge Suspension Bridge.
A Place of Mountain Worship and Historic Villas
Around the Nikko area, a large concentration of historical buildings are intertwined with the natural characteristics of the park. Futarasan Shrine is the representative shrine in the area considered a ujigamisama (guardian of the place). It has been the center of Shugendo (mountain worship) since ancient times, honoring Mt. Nantai. Similarly, Rinno-ji is also dedicated to Mt. Nantai. The main temple, Sanbutsudo Hall is home to many Buddhist statues that symbolize the original Buddhist divinity of the three holy mountains in Nikko. Nikko’s mountain lakes have long been a getaway from the summer heat. During the late 19th to early 20th century, many diplomats turn to Lake Chuzenji, the highest altitude lake in Japan to cool off. Soon after, foreign diplomat villas were constructed in the area, some of which still stand today.
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