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Nikko National Park, Japan

4.7
#57 of 2,919 in Nature in Japan
National Park · Nature / Park
At Nikko National Park, you can explore one of the country's most renowned and scenic areas of natural beauty. Covering a huge 1,147.5 sq km (443 sq mi) the park incorporates ornate places of worship (deemed UNESCO World Heritage Sites), a serene lake, and dramatic waterfalls. Being a center for Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship, the park offers you the chance to observe some of Japan's most revered and impressive shrines, including the lavish Toshogu, and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first of the Tokugawa shogunate. The main pastime here is hiking, with trails of various difficulty navigating all over the park. Be sure to stand at the viewing point of the dramatic 80 m (264 ft) cascade of Kegon Waterfall, as it empties from the lake above. With our international travel planner, Nikko attractions like Nikko National Park can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This gorgeous national park, a quick train-ride from Tokyo, is a beautiful trip away from the rush and press of urban life. It has breathtaking waterfalls and lots of hiking trails that cater to...  more »
  • It's a perfect day trip from Tokyo to Nikko; and Nikko National Park is a must place to visit. The park has all Nikko Top Attractions, including Shinkyo bridge, Rinno Ji, Nikko Toshogu and Futarasan.....  more »
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Popular things to do in Nikko

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Religious Site
Nikko Tosho-gu
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Waterfall
Kegon Falls
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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Water Body
Lake Chuzenji
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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Scenic Walking Area
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Nikko

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Historic Site
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
Nikko Futarasan jinja
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Rinno-ji Temple
3.4
Duration: 30 minutes
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Historic Site
Yomeimon (Main Gate)
4.4
Duration: 1 hour

Nature in Nikko

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Waterfall
Ryuzu Waterfall
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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Waterfall
Yudaki Falls
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Water Body
Yunoko Lake
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Canyon
Ryuokyo Canyon
4.2
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Nikko

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Garden
Ashikaga Flower Park Ashikaga
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Walking Area
Ouchijuku Shimogo-machi
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Oya History Museum Utsunomiya
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Zoo
Nasu Animal Kingdom Nasu-machi
4.1
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Nikko

Water Body
Sainoko Lake
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Park
Italian Embassy House Memorial Park
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Historic Walking Area
Cryptomeria Avenue
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Landmark
Nikko Station
4.1
Duration: 1 hour

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Onsen Resort
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