Nikko City, in Tochigi Prefecture, has so much to offer with its long-established history, culture and buildings, beautiful fall foliage, superb Japanese cuisine, and more. The registered UNESCO World Heritage Site of the "Shrines and Temples of Nikko" is especially popular and full of life with many visitors. Let's introduce the charms of Nikko City, with famous tourist sites where you can experience the splendor of fall in Japan, and enjoy gourmet cuisine, too!
The famous "Shrines and Temples of Nikko" are significant even among the World Heritage Sites in Japan. The standout within the site is the Nikkozan Rinnoji main temple building, which was established around 1,200 years ago, and is the most important in Nikko, as well as the largest wooden building structure in the whole of East Japan. The surroundings of Rinnoji Temple abound with nature, and you can view vividly beautiful fall leaves.
Another famous site forming part of Nikko Shrines and Temples is "Nikko Toshogu Shrine." The Togyo-sai, a grand festival held to celebrate the autumn season, bustles with activity.
*Photos feature the Sanbutsudo and Shoyoen Garden of Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple.
If you want to feel you are properly taking in and enjoying the autumn season, then you can't leave out autumn leaves. Well-known spectacular fall foliage spots of Nikko include Iroha-zaka Slope, Kegon Falls, Ryuzu Falls, and so on, which are renowned for their beauty and receive many visitors. Each year during the peak season from early through late October, the various hues of color from red and yellow through to gold show off the scenery to stunning effect. At locations such as Chuzenji Lake and Senjogahara Plateau you can enjoy the autumn foliage while out on a hiking route, and enthusiastic visitors from overseas can often be seen taking selfies.
*The season for autumn leaves varies according to the location.
In Kyoto, the skin formed and removed in one layer when tofu milk is gently boiled is called "Kyoto Yuba," but in Nikko, the skin is folded into two layers to make "Nikko Yuba," resulting in a product with thicker and chewier characteristics. Some establishments even provide this specialty to the Imperial Household. To try this tofu skin delicacy in a more casual setting, how about trying "Yuba Musubi" from Fudaraku Hompo, a famous Nikko specialty of glutinous rice wrapped in yuba?
Nikko Kanaya Hotel is at present the oldest resort hotel in Japan. First opening its doors in 1873, its historical significance has long been recognized, and all the main halls are Registered Tangible Cultural Properties. Of course, you can stay overnight, but you could also sample a lunch that epitomizes "Western cuisine reborn in Japan," with delicacies such as Kanaya-style sautéed Nikko rainbow trout and croquette, at this very special hotel.
Photos courtesy of: Nikko Toshogu Shrine Office, Nikko City Tourism Association, Fudaraku Honpo, Nikko Kanaya Hotel
This information is current as of August 23, 2019 and may be subject to change without notice.For further details and the latest information, please inquire directly to the relevant establishments.