Nikko National Park is one of Japan’s most beautiful nature locales. Located 125 km from Tokyo, a trip to Nikko is an ideal one or two day excursion. Shrines, temples, and bridges scattered across the area harmonize with the beautiful scenery, which include plateaus, waterfalls, lakes, forests, and rivers.
Known for its impressive botanical garden, intricate Iemitsu mausoleum and ornate Toshogu Shrine (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Nikko National Park is an area of incredible natural beauty, with plenty to see and do. In addition to shrines and temples, the park is home to numerous lakes, elaborate bridges, excellent hiking trails and two stunning waterfalls—all set against a backdrop of dramatic mountain scenery.
Tips for hikers
Nikko National Park – the area around Lake Chuzenji in particular – is especially striking in autumn when tree leaves change from green to deep shades of red and orange. Mid to late October is the best time to see the full spectrum of colors around the lake.