Nikko and Tochigi Prefecture | Travel Guide
Don’t say ‘kekko’ before you’ve seen Nikko (don’t say ‘I’m good’ until you’ve seen Nikko) is Nikko’s slogan for good reasons; one of Japan’s most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found here. The ancient Shinto shrines, mausoleums, and Buddhist temples are incredibly impressive, and the surrounding countryside is wonderful for hiking. This is our travel guide to give you some ideas on what to see in the area.
Furthermore, Togichi prefecture, in which Nikko is situated, boasts good natural hot springs and ski resorts. It is also known for producing good sake, so you can imagine why the area makes for a good trip destination in Japan.
Nikko Edo Wonderland
In the prefecture of Tochigi, there is a place where time travel becomes possible ... Would you like to see a real samurai? Observe the procession of the extravagant oiran courtesans? Go to a house with ninja traps? Then come enjoy all this and more in theme park Edo Wonderland!
The Toshogu Shrine was built in 1617 as the mausoleum of the Tokugawa Ieyasu. The main shrine buildings were built by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1636.
Nikko is a popular city for international tourists as well as Japanese tourists and the city forms a part of the Nikko National Park. Nikko is located in the Tochigi prefecture, which is to the North of Tokyo.
Nikko Futarasan Shrine
The Futarasan shrine has been worshiped since ancient times as the center of beliefs connected with the mountain worship. Large numbers of shrine buildings were erected especially during the medieval period.
The Taiyu-in Reibyo Honden, Ainoma and Haiden was founded in 1653. It has been maintained to this day without alteration except that traces of minor changes are to be noticed in the painting finish ascribed to repair work carried out in the Edo Period.
Twin Ring Motegi
Twin Ring Motegi opened in August 1997 as a part of Honda's plan to increase its presence in the U.S. single-seat classes. It is especially known as a world-class circuit for motorsports, but except for viewing professional car and motorbike racers, you can also drive karts yourself, have your kids try out various small-sized vehicles, and visit the on-site museum.
Ashikaga Flower Park
The Ashikaga Flower Park has wisteria trees that are 130 years old, and in spring the flowers are at their best, which makes this park very popular with visitors from all over Japan. What's even more impressive and beautiful is the special event that takes place from November to February each year. It is a light-up event called Flower Fantasy that takes place at night in the wintertime.