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As the temperature drops so do the tourist numbers to the pilgrimage town of Nikko, a couple of hours north of Tokyo by fast trains, and home to the World Heritage-listed Tosho-gu complex. This ornately decorated shrine, containing the mausoleum of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, looks even more dazzling against the stark wintery background of snow and lofty pines. The outdoor Kirifuri Ice Skating Center overlooks the town from the north side of the Daiya River, while the venerable Nikko Kanaya Hotel also sets up a rink on a pond within its compound. The hotel's newer branch, the Chuzenji Kanaya, beside lake Chuzenji within the Nikko national ...

As the temperature drops so do the tourist numbers to the pilgrimage town of Nikko, a couple of hours north of Tokyo by fast trains, and home to the World Heritage-listed Tosho-gu complex. This ornately decorated shrine, containing the mausoleum of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, looks even more dazzling against the stark wintery background of snow and lofty pines. The outdoor Kirifuri Ice Skating Center overlooks the town from the north side of the Daiya River, while the venerable Nikko Kanaya Hotel also sets up a rink on a pond within its compound. The hotel's newer branch, the Chuzenji Kanaya, beside lake Chuzenji within the Nikko national park, can be used as a base by cross-country ski enthusiasts who can take to trails across the Senjogahara marshland plateau. Nearby the small onsen resort of Yumoto is the perfect winter escape. There’s also plenty of hotels in Nikko itself with hot spring baths as well as the municipal bath Yashio which has a rotemburo (outdoor pool). Other benefits of a winter visit to Nikko are reduced accommodation rates, and discount passes for the buses up to Chūzenji or Yumoto.

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Simon Richmond has written Rough Guides to Malaysia and Japan; Lonely Planet guides to India and Russia; and adventure travel guides for Frommer's on Australia, India, South America, and Southeast Asia.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Nikkō is a city in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. Approximately 140 km north of Tokyo and 35 km west of Utsunomiya, the capital of Tochigi Prefecture, it is a popular destination for Japanese and international tourists.
  • Language: Japanese
  • Currency: Japanese Yen
  • Research: Wikipedia | Japan | Three Wise Monkeys | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Festivals are held at Tosho-gu shrine on 1-3 January and 3 February.