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JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THINGS

Join us in the “deep Nikko” highlands of Okunikko for experiences rich in outdoor adventure and steeped in cultural history. From our magnificent highland setting on the eastern shore of Lake Chuzenji, discover the unspoiled natural beauty of a destination renowned for its cultural and spiritual traditions, too. Explore ancient trails, scenic waterways, and treasured shrines and temples in these activities designed for an unforgettable vacation.

The waterfalls, lakes, wetlands, hot springs and plateaus of Okunikko were shaped by long-ago eruptions of Mount Nantai, a revered landmark that rises high above Lake Chuzenji right in front of the hotel. So much dynamic beauty awaits your exploration here - come hike, cycle, and paddle with us.

  • Fees include tax, service charge and round-trip transport as necessary from the hotel.
  • Duration times include transportation to and from the activity
Cancellation Policy Fee: 
2 days prior: 30%
1 day prior: 50%
On the day: 100%
Stargazing in Okunikko

OKUNIKKO STARGAZING

1 hour
Complimentary
Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

OkuNikko is one of the best places to view the starry night sky in the entire Kanto region, whether with the naked eye or a powerful telescope that lets you observe the Milky Way and craters on the moon. Here in the highlands no light pollution interferes with the unforgettable canvas that unfolds after dusk.

Cycrusing in Okunikko

CYCLE’N CRUISE (Mountain bike & speedboat)

2.5 hours
JPY 10,000 per 4 people
Spring | Summer | Autumn

Put a new spin on your memories of the scenic OkuNikko highlands two ways. First, take a mountain-bike ride through the oak and larch forest of Odashirogahara. Next, board a speedboat to cruise back to the hotel on Lake Chuzenji with up-front views of Hatcho Dejima and Mount Nantai. Each season offers its own special beauty.

Hangetsuyama Cycling

HANGETSUYAMA CYCLING

2.5 hours
Complimentary
Spring | Summer | Autumn

Hop on a mountain bike to ride the Lake Chuzenji Skyline, considered one of the best roads in Japan for scenic touring. Our destination is the Hangetsuyama observation deck, where you will have a panoramic view of the OkuNikko highlands. The route back is a downhill ride with gorgeous views of the Nikko mountain range.

Packrafting at Lake Chuzenji

Packrafting on Lake Chuzenji

3 hours
JPY 9,500 per person
Spring | Summer | Autumn

Slip a light inflatable packraft into your backpack and set out on a scenic lakeside route to any number of choice spots on shore. Then, inflate and board the vessel for your very own private cruise, with unbeatable views of Mount Nantai and the vast open sky of Okunikko stretching above.

Stand-up Paddle

Paddleboarding (SUP)

2.5 hours
JPY 9,000 per person
Spring | Summer | Autumn

Enjoy spectacular views of the nature all around you right in front of the hotel as you glide across Lake Chuzenji on a stand-up paddleboard. Both SUPs for solo rides and five-meter (16-foot) boards that are fun for couples, friends, and families with little ones are offered.

Explore Lake Chuzenji

Sundown Lake Ride

Wednesdays & Sundays / 90 minutes
JPY 8,000 per person
Spring | Summer | Autumn

Board the day’s featured watercraft for an evening paddle on Lake Chuzenji as the setting sun gives way to the deep stillness of the moonlit sky. Weather willing, there’ll be a magical show of stars, too—one of the great treats of a vacation in Okunikko. 

Chanokidaira Hiking

Chanokidaira Lookout Hike

2.5 hours
Complimentary
Spring | Summer | Autumn

Enjoy a light hike to the 1,600-meter (5,250-foot) Chanokidaira lookout point in the hills behind the hotel. The forested trail offers beautiful views of Lake Chuzenji, and seasonal highlights include the rhododendrons in spring, the fresh leaf canopy of summer, and the colorful foliage each fall. Your reward is a spectacular view of Mount Nantai.

Senjogahara Marshland

OkuNikko Nature Walk

2.5 hours
Complimentary
Spring | Summer | Autumn

Well maintained footpaths and few ups and downs make it easy for even casual hikers to enjoy the pristine watershed of the Lake Yuno area and the marshy grasslands of Senjogahara, both Ramsar sites that are highly valued for their unique ecology. Enjoy a delightful walk in these protected lands with their plentiful birds and waterfowl, gurgling streams, mossy fallen trees, and majestic views of Mount Nantai.

Flyfishing

FLY-FISHING

4 hours
JPY 20,000 per person
Fishing permits must be purchased for each person separately.
This offer is limited to fishing season.
Spring | Summer

OkuNikko is sacred ground to aficionados of recreational fly-fishing in Japan. The sport originated here in 1902, when the Scottish merchant Thomas Glover released brook trout in Lake Yuno and the Yukawa River. If you are new to fly-fishing, what better place to give it a try than right here where it began? All gear is provided and a seasoned guide will assist you.

Snow cycling in the forest

SNOW CYCLING

Cycling (2 hours) | JPY 9,000 per person
Cycling + hiking (3 hours) | JPY 10,000 per person
Cycling + hiking + Iori Falls (4.5 hours) | JPY 16,000 per person

Winter

Fat bikes give the extra stability and suspension needed to ride on snow, and are a great way to take in the crisp air of the Odashirogahara forest in the winter season when all is hush and still. Add-ons to this fun cycling experience include a snowshoe hike and a deeper trek all the way to Iori Falls. When the cascade freezes over in the deep months of winter it’s a memorable sight to behold.

Snowshoe on Oku-Nikko

WOODLAND SNOWSHOE HIKE

4.5 hours
JPY 12,500 per person
Winter

OkuNikko is one of the few areas in the Kanto region where you can enjoy powder snow. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and trek with a guide through the quiet hush of sparkling woodlands. If you wish, along the way you can glide down pristine slopes on an inflatable bodyboard.

Kirifuri - Ice Climbing

ICE-CLIMBING EXPERIENCE

5.5 hours
JPY 13,000 per person
From 8:30 a.m.
Winter

Gear up with crampons and a helmet and scale the 25-meter (82-foot) ice wall adjacent to Choji no Taki, one of three secluded waterfalls of the Kirifuri highlands. A guaranteed adrenaline rush, this thrilling winter sport is for the true adventure seeker. Feel the raw power of nature all around you, amid the sparkling beauty.

Over the centuries Nikko has been hallowed ground for devotees of mountain worship, as well as a haven of the Japanese court, the imperial family, and travelers both domestic and international. Our cultural activities are opportunities to experience long-lasting Japanese traditions.

  • Fees include tax, service charge and round-trip transport as necessary from the hotel
  • Duration times include transportation to and from the activity

Cancellation Policy Fee:
1 day prior: 50%
On the day: 100%

Chuzenji temple

Morning Temple Walk

90 minutes
Complimentary
Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

Start your day with a lakeside walk to Chuzenji Temple, whose history stretches back to 784. The round-trip route is just three kilometers (1.9 miles), and can include entry into some of the halls to see an acclaimed dragon painting, statues of the five wisdom kings, and the principal object of worship—an eleven-faced, thousand-armed statue of the bodhisattva Kannon said to have been carved by the temple’s founder.

Nikko Bori

Nikko Carving Experience

2 hours
JPY 10,000 per person
Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

Try your hand at the Nikko-bori style of woodcarving in a class led by the mother-daughter duo who created the wall carvings in our Japanese restaurant. You’ll use the hikkaki chisel, a line-carving tool with a deep dogleg that’s unique to the Nikko tradition. Learn from the masters as you embellish a wooden plate or hand mirror with a design of your choice.
 

Lobby

Hotel Art Tour

1 hour
Complimentary
Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

Hear the unique stories behind a dozen or so artworks on display.

The Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park

OkuNikko History Ride

2 hours
Complimentary
Spring | Summer | Autumn

The history of the Lake Chuzenji area dates back more than 1,200 years to the founding of Chuzenji Temple and the times when these hills were first explored by devotees of mountain worship. From the late 19th century, many diplomats kept their holiday homes here. Cycle back to the roots of OkuNikko with visits to Chuzenji Temple and the former villas of the British and Italian embassies.

Furoshiki art

Furoshiki Art

1 hour
Complimentary
Spring| Summer | Autumn | Winter

Learn creative ways of wrapping using the furoshiki, a square piece of printed cloth that makes for a colorful and environmentally friendly way to transport just about any item, or present it attractively as a gift.

The magnificent appearance of Nikko’s treasured shrines and temples has been maintained and preserved for centuries by master craftsmen, while the area’s majestic scenery is the consummate work of Mother Nature herself. Embark with us on memorable excursions to these powerful places.

  • Fees include tax, service charge and round-trip transport as necessary from the hotel
  • Duration times include transportation to and from the activity.

Cancellation Policy Fee:
1 day prior: 50%
On the day: 100%
*Shugendo Experience: 3 days prior or less: 100%

Morning Zazen Meditation

Morning Zazen Meditation

Every morning, 30 minutes.
Complimentary
Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

Start your day by connecting with the breath in this morning zazen practice—a meditative discipline of sitting to calm the mind, let go of distractions, and look inward to foster insight. Leading the session is a monk from the nearby Chuzenji Temple.

Please note that some dates may not be available. Please contact the hotel for details regarding the start time.

Chuzenji Temple Gomagyo

Fire Ceremony

Everyday 10 a.m. / 2 hours
JPY 8,500 per person
Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

At Chuzenji Temple, a sanctuary dating back to 784 and affiliated with the World Heritage Rinnoji Temple, engage in a writing meditation by copying an image of Guanyin or a wellness sutra related to the bodhisattva of compassion. Then, witness the burning of holy cedar sticks in a dynamic goma fire ceremony. The rhythmic chanting of monks and snap-crackling flames will transport you to an otherworldly place of tradition and mysticism.

Kagura Shrine Dance

Kagura Shrine Dance

1 hour
JPY 10,000 per person
Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

At Futarasan Shrine, enjoy a guided tour and view a ceremonial kagura dance performed by a shrine maiden. Accompanied by taiko drumming and a traditional bamboo wind instrument, this ritual offering to the Shinto gods expresses appreciation for bountiful crops and fishing and overall wellness.

Toshogu Shrine Oharai

UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 1:00 p.m.
4 hours
JPY 20,000 per person
Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

Stroll the precincts of UNESCO World Heritage sites Rinnoji Temple and the Toshogu and Futarasan Shrine. At Toshogu, enjoy a guided tour of the complex led by a Shinto priest and shrine maiden, and experience a purification ritual in an ornately decorated chamber once reserved for use by the Tokugawa shoguns. Included in this excursion are visits to the three sacred cedar trees of Takino Shrine, an auxiliary shrine of Futarasan; and Kanmangafuchi, a riverside footpath lined with 70 stone statues of Jizo, the patron saint of travelers and children.

Beads bracelet

Prayer Beads Workshop

90 minutes
JPY 3,500 per person
Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

Select your preference of beads made of natural stone, wood, or seeds and thread them to fashion your own personal set of prayer beads just right for the size of your hands. When your work is finished, a monk will bless it to make it complete.

Ryuzu Falls Summer

Shugendo Experience

3.5 hours
2 Guests: JPY 40,000
3 Guests: JPY 54,000
4 Guests: JPY 64,000
Parties of more than 4:  JPY 64,000 + JPY 16,000 per additional person
*Solo participants must pay the two-person fee.
Spring | Summer | Autumn

Encounter Shugendo, an ascetic religious tradition that draws on Taoist, Buddhist and Shinto beliefs. First, purify yourself with incense, then hike to three secluded waterfalls of the Kirifuri highlands. Try the centuries-old takigyo practice of standing beneath a cascade to purify the body-mind. You’ll come away feeling refreshed by the spiritual energy of the mountain.

Please note:

  • All activities are arranged upon request and subject to availability
  • All activities are attended by a hotel staff member; some by a local guide as well. Kindly note that the published content may change without prior notice as the various activities are subject to weather, availability, and other conditions
  • Cancellation policy differs depending on the activities

To Reserve:

To place a reservation, please call Extension 9 or stop by the front desk no later than 4 p.m. on the day prior to your desired activity.

Inquiries and reservations may also be made by emailing our Guest Experience Team or calling Tel: +81 288 25 6666.