The Shrines and Temple of Nikko
Nikko presents a precious proof of the harmonious relationship that Japanese people have developed with nature over their long history. Although it had been sacred since ancient times, Nikko gained its fame when the mausoleum of the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate was built here in the 1600s. Breathtaking Toshogu (shrine), Futarasan Jinja (shrine), Rinno-ji (temple) and the surrounding area were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and have attracted many visitors from all over the world. To fully enjoy its historical,religious and architectural importance, guided tour is strongly recommended!
Amazing gold-leafed statues inside Three Buddha Hall at Rinno-ji.
● Admission fee: adult 1000 yen
● Guided tour from 5500 yen (2 hours)
● 8:00-17:00 (April to October), 8:00-16:00 (November to March)
● TEL: 0288-54-2007
● Access from Nikko: 10 minutes by Tobu bus to Nishi Sando, or 25-minute walk.
Being the country’s oldest classic resort hotel, Kanaya Hotel was established in 1873 and hosted a number of famous figures throughout its history, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Einstein and Helen Keller to name but a few. The building is registered as a tangible cultural asset, with the interior inspired by both Western and Japanese aesthetics. The rooms are spacious and retain the original style from its establishment in most part. If you are taking a day trip, try their elegant lunch course in the beautiful dining hall before or after visiting the nearby World Heritage Site!
Elegantly served delicious croquet lunch
● Rooms: 17,325 yen/person-
● Lunch course: 3500yen-
● Lunch: 11:30 – 14:30 (L.O.)
● TEL: 0288-54-0001
● http://www.kanayahotel.co.jp/ english/index.html
● Access from Nikko station: 10 minutes by Tobu bus to Shinkyo-bashi. The hotel is right by the bus stop.
Utsunomiya has been known as “the city of gyoza”, boasting the country’s largest spending on gyoza per capita for 16 straight years. You will find a huge number of gyoza restaurants, unique gyoza-related goods and even a gyoza mascot representing the city everywhere you go. For those who are only making a short stop, Kirasse offers gyoza from well-renowned restaurants around the city! Devastating for the city, last year’s earthquake has brought down gyoza consumption, losing its number 1 status to another city. Make a stop over in this gyoza city and help them take back its glorious status!
1 Kirasse serves over 24 different gyozas 2 gyoza flavored potato chips 3 gyoza-flavored rice seasoning.
● Prices: Aprx. 300 yen per 6 gyozas
● TEL: 028-614-5388
● http://www.gyozakai.com/ sys/kirasse/
● Access to Utsunomiya: 1 hour by JR Tohoku Shinkanse from Tokyo or 40 minutes by Nikko line from Nikko,
● 15 minutes walk from Utsunomiya station.
Kinugawa Grand Hotel
You don’t really know what great services are until you experience it yourself. At Kinugawa Grand Hotel, everything, from baths and food to rooms, is prepared with the utmost care, welcoming you to comfort and serenity. Soak in the beautiful baths before exquisite dinner by the beautiful garden. Whether you decide to take a bath again or not, fluffy futon is waiting for you in your room for deep good night sleep! You can truly recuperate from a busy day of sightseeing or daily life. Come and experience the extraordinary services!
1 The hotel is built around a beautiful Japanese garden 2 relaxing bath 3 beautifully served dinner
● Rooms: 9000 yen/person~
● TEL: 0288-77-1313
● http://www.kgh.co.jp/ word/english/
● Access from Nikko: 8 minutes by Tobu Kinugawa line to Shimo-Imaichi and 20 minutes by Tobu Kinugawa line to Kinugawa Onsen. Access from Shinjuku: 2 hours by JR Kinugawa Express to Kinugawa Onsen.
Who said history can’t be fun? Edo Wonderland is a unique amusement park entirely built like a town from the Edo period, so meticulously that their staff dress, act and talk like people from the period. Get dressed to become a village girl, samurai or even a ninja and be part of it! The town is filled with shops offering fun games and delicious snacks, theaters where you can enjoy shows like ninja performance everyday and even a stall where you can feed and ride a pony! You can truly spend a day here, but watch out for the sneaky ninjas!
1 Travel to the Edo period! 2 watch out for sneaky ninjas! 3 Play shuriken (throwing stars) game and win fun prizes!
● Prices: 4500 yen for adult daypass, and 3900 yen for half-day pass (after 13:00 in winter and 14:00 in summer)
● 9:00-17:00 (March 20 to November 30), 9:30-16:00 (December 1 to March 19), closed on Wednesdays
● Access From Nikko: Free shuttle buses run between Nikko station and Edo Wonderland daily (except Wednesdays).