It’s no wonder that Nikko’s most historic shrines and temples are designated World Heritage sites and National Treasures of Japan. Their striking architecture perfectly harmonizes with the surrounding cedar forests and mountain slopes.
The walkable World Heritage area includes two Shinto shrines and one Buddhist temple. Together, they form a complex of over 100 intricately detailed, vermilion-painted structures, connected by paths lined with centuries-old trees and weathered stone lanterns.
These sites are fastidiously preserved by generations of monks and painstakingly reconstructed using original plans and traditional techniques when damaged. The result is examples of Edo-period (1603-1867) architecture as stunning today as the day they were finished.
Nikko's history goes far beyond just the World Heritage sites. Throughout the region, well-preserved temples and shrines dot the mountainsides as charming compliments to the natural landscape!
Okunikko, beyond Irohazaka Slope, is where you’ll find many of Nikko National Park’s most scenic spots, including Senjogahara Plateau, Yukawa River, Odashirogahara Plateau, Mt. Nantai, Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls. The area is crisscrossed with hiking routes, giving visitors easy access to its rich natural beauty. Come in summer to see the mountainsides dotted with delicate cotton grasses and prickly thistles, or in autumn to watch them slowly turn red and gold as the leaves change.
Most of Nikko is quintessential Japanese countryside—less hectic than the cities, but just as vibrant. Sample sake and soba noodles made from local harvests. Try regional delicacies like yuba, and enjoy produce such as fish, pork, beef, fruits and vegetables. Experience the peaceful simplicity of staying at traditional Japanese ryokan guesthouses and soaking in their private onsen baths. In the summer, Nikko uses its famously pristine water to make a shaved ice treat called kakigori.
Nikko Station Post Office, １２-1 Matsubarachō, Nikko, Tochigi, Japan
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