Nikko is a small town in the north of Japan, well-known for its ancient temples and Nikko National Park, offering hikes around the lake in summer and skiing in winter. We spent 2 days in this peaceful area…
Shinkyō’s bridge, linking the city and the Shrines
Nikkos’s temple are parts of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It consists in 4 mains sites: three Shinto shrines (Futarasan, Taiyuinbyo and Tōshō-gū), one Buddhist temple (Rinnō-ji, currently in renovation).
Tōshō-gū is the biggest shrine, well-known for the three wise monkeys, who hear, speak and see no evil.
Taiyuinbyo Shrine, smaller but way more sophisticated!
Futarasan, a small shrine on the side, with a beautiful and peaceful garden
We also visited Tamozawa Imperia Villa: Built for the Emperor Taisho in 1899, the villa was the official residence of the emperor Hirohito during World War II (far from the bombings).
Nikko National Park
Nikko National Park is one of the most beautiful park in Japan. The Park is mainly centered on the lake Chuzenji and continue around Mount Nantai and Mount Nikkō-Shirane.
Kegon Falls and its 97 metres fall, one of Japan’s three highest waterfalls
Mount Nikkō-Shirane , an inactive volcano overlooking lake Chuzenji
Lunch break on the lake: sashimis and makis!
Our stay in Nikko was a real break for us, far from the noisy and active Tokyo. Just 2 hours from Tokyo by train, it’s the perfect stop for the traveller looking for open spaces!