Nikko Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 83%History Buffs
- 83%Spiritual Seekers
- 82%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 82%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (14)
- NikkoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Jan 10, 2014
Truly magical if you can get there! Located only a couple hours north of Tokyo up in the mountains this little town has a lot to offer. The main town is located at the base of a mountain with several very sacred temples and shrines. If you take a ride up the mountain you'll be treated to several waterfalls, big beautiful glass like lakes and incredible scenery. And after a day of trekking enjoy one of the many onsen, natural hot spring baths, back in town.
- NikkoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackersJan 07, 2014
This was as advertised! Temples galore and in the middle of the woods. A beautiful 5-story pagoda and gorgeous scenery. A must if you plan on venturing out of the cities of Japan.
- NikkoOct 17, 2013
If Kyoto is too far away, and you're looking for a taste of traditional Japan near Tokyo instead, Nikko makes for a good day trip or an overnight escape. Tour the temples and shrines, have a hot-springs soak, and have a feast for dinner at your traditional inn (ryokan / minshuku).
- NikkoAug 14, 2012
If you've ever enjoyed a Studio Ghibli movie, then Nikko will give you everything you want. Cool mists drape over high, forested mountains and low valleys cut by slow rivers. The hiking here is easily top tier, and it's only about an hour from Tokyo by bullet train. Nearby is also Kamakura, with the famous giant bronze Buddha, and the ride from Nikko Station to Kamakura is very serene.
- NikkoJul 04, 2012
After doing the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Nikko is a great place to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings. I stayed at a great hostel in Nikko, though I can't remember the name, it was within walking distance of a brewery there. Plan to do a lot of walking, if you don't want to pay for cabs, but you'll be rewarded with scenic paths through the woods with seemingly forgotton shrines and creeks hidden among the trees. Stop by the brewery after a long day and you won't regret it. One must see there is the buddhist/shinto Rinnoji Temple. This is where the famous carved monkey's "Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" originate. It can be easy to get lost in all the temples/shrines to see in Japan, but this one was more memorable to me than some. Perhaps, because I was so charmed by Nikko in general. There are also a lot of good food choices in the area like Indian and Vietnamese.
There is also a lot to see in Nikko National Park. I took a 9k hike through the park ending at Lake Chuzenji. This area is amazingly scenic and there are plenty of onsen (hot springs) there to enjoy. I didn't take part in the hot springs because I was travelling with my boyfriend and we would have had to split up between male and female bath. For a woman travelling alone this would actually be a perfect treat to take advantage of.
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