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Local Area Attractions

Pick up a map of local highlights at our front desk, rent one of our electric mountain bikes, and head off to explore a rich variety of sights offering something for all interests. Nearby are the legendary 97-meter cascade of Kegon Falls; Chuzenji Temple, founded more than 1,200 years ago; parks featuring the stately architecture of the former villas of the British and Italian embassies; and the protected wetlands of Senjogahara, rich in flora and fauna.



Situated in a sacred spot on the east shore of Lake Chuzenji, this temple is known for its Tachiki Kannon, a 20-foot tree-carved statue of the Goddess of Mercy. The tranquil setting is perfect for setting intentions and clearing the mind.

Distance: 0.6 miles or approximately 3-minute drive


This UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded by Shodo Shonin, the monk who introduced Buddhism to Nikko. The shrine is dedicated to the deities of Nikko’s three sacred mountains: Mounts Nantai, Nyoho and Taro. It’s often visited by those praying for a prosperous marriage or pregnancy.

Distance: 11 miles or approximately 30-minute drive


This museum offers insight to the history, flora and fauna of Nikko National Park through photos and crafts.

Distance: 0.3 miles or approximately 5-minute walk


This former summer residence of the Imperial family was built in 1899 and embraces the traditional architectural styles of the Edo, Meiji and Taisho periods. The villa features a Japanese garden and beautiful artwork.

Distance: 10 miles or approximately 25-minute drive


This UNESCO World Heritage Site, founded in 766, features 15 historical buildings and is known for its three 26-foot wooden Buddhas. Next door is the beautiful Shoyo-en garden showcasing the Edo period style.

Distance: 11 miles or approximately 30-minute drive


Set within a tranquil cedar forest, this shrine is fronted by a gate with a hole at the top; the tradition is to throw a pebble through it for good luck. A stone-paved path leads to the shrine’s inner sanctuary.

Distance: 12.5 miles or approximately 35-minute drive


Lavishly adorned with wood carvings and gold leaf, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is set within a beautiful forest. The complex’s 55 buildings include the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Distance: 11 miles or approximately 30-minute drive

Nikko Futarasan Shrine, Chugushi

Futarasan Shrine was founded in 782 by Shodo Shonin, the first monk to introduce Buddhism to Nikko. Enshrining three deities, Futarasan’s middle shrine known as ‘Chugushi’ is dedicated to Mount Nantai and is located on the north side of Lake Chuzenji at the mountain’s foot. Popular with hikers, many visitors use it as a starting point for climbing the Mount Nantai trail, open from the second half of April to the beginning of November each year. 

British Embassy Villa Memorial Park

Ernest Satow, an influential British diplomat during the Meiji Restoration, was so enamored with Lake Chuzenji’s natural beauty that in 1896 he built his own mountain villa on the lake’s south bank. After many years of private ownership by the British Embassy, it has since been restored and reopened to the public as a memorial park with exhibits to showcase Lake Chuzenji’s rich history. Step out onto the spacious second floor veranda to take in the picturesque Chuzenji lakeside view that inspired Satow over a century ago.

Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park

These charming buildings were built as villas for the Italian Embassy in 1928 and used by Italian ambassadors to Japan until 1997. Now open to the public, the park is a perfect spot from which to experience the area’s beauty. Designed by architect and diplomat Antonin Raymond, the main residence maximizes lake views from the second floor, while the second residence is nestled in the forest and has been transformed into a museum showcasing Lake Chuzenji’s past as an international summer resort, hosting prestigious guests for sailing, embassy yacht racing and trout fishing.


A flow of black lava, set along the riverbed, offers a beautiful contrast to the natural surroundings. Along the walking trail, Jizo, the patron saint of travelers and children, can be found.

Distance: 12 miles or approximately 35-minute drive


This 328-foot waterfall is Nikko’s most famous and is surrounded by 12 smaller falls and colorful trees.

Distance: 0.7 miles or approximately 10-minute walk


Japan’s highest natural lake sits at the foot of Mount Nantai within Nikko Natural Park. The setting drew the admiration of many European ambassadors, who built vacation homes here. A hiking trail runs along the lakefront overlooked by 15.5 miles of breathtaking scenery.

Distance: In front of hotel


The world’s longest cedar tree-lined avenue runs 23 miles with 13,000 Japanese cedar trees. Cedars have a long history in Japanese culture.

Distance: 15 miles or approximately 35-minute drive


This hot spring resort is surrounded by wetlands protected under the Ramsar Convention and offers year-round events. The hot springs’ minerals are said to smooth skin.

Distance: 8 miles or approximately 18-minute drive


Stretching between Lake Chuzenji and Yumoto Onsen, this marshland offers breathtaking views from more than 4,500 feet above sea level. Hike along the wooded trails to catch a glimpse of birds and other wildlife.

Distance: 4 miles or approximately 10-minute drive

Nikko-kibori no Sato

This traditional woodcraft center offers visitors to experience and appreciate Nikko’s wood carving art, or Nikko-bori. The story of the art began when the founder of Tokugawa shogunate, Tokugawa Ieyasu, assembled a group of skillful carpenters to renovate Toshogu Shrine. These masters carved goods such as drawers and plates, in their spare time, by using hikkaki (triangular shaped scratcher). The honed talents have been inherited by descendants until now, allowing visitors to feel the authentic craftmanship in Nikko. If you wish to purchase the majestic piece of wooden artworks and learn the special skills of the talented artists, Nikko-kibori no Sato is the place.

17 miles / Approximately 40 min drive


The town Mashiko is renown for its ceramic potteries made of distinctive red-brown clay with rustic appearances, called “Mashiko-yaki”. Stroll through this small town that has been showing an enormous dedication to the pottery. Visitors will find themselves being allured by the traditional Japanese arts, which are passionately created by more than 300 potters in the town of Mashiyo-Yaki. Take the special opportunity of gaining these wonderful potteries of 150 years history in the town, filled with a blast of local creativity.

48 miles / Approximately 100 min drive

Nikko-Kaido Route

One of the five routes of the Edo period, which was paved to connect Tokyo with the great Nikko Toshogu Shrine, is the golden passage of local cuisine represented by various traditional foods and desserts. Experience the liveness and tranquil atmosphere at the same time proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage.

11 miles / Approximately 45 min drive

List of Must-Try Foods on Nikko Kaido Route

  • Age-Yuba Manju: Relish the perfect match of soft and crispy texture with pleasant sweetness of red-bean paste. This fried steamed bun with a layer of nutrient-dense soymilk is one of the most popular souvenirs of the region. You can have this freshly made fritter at a shop.
  • Kakigori: Nikko’s kakigori, the shaved-ice delicacy, is smooth, fluffy, melting in mouth like freshly fallen snow. What makes this snow-like sweet very special and distinctive is a few traditional purveyors’ freshly produced natural spring ice. The ice-made cotton candy is rich in minerals containing a subtle sweet flavor of the authentic nature, offered during Nikko’s summer season.
  • Soba: Soba, or buckwheat noodles is one of the must-eat local dishes of Nikko. The clean nature of the region provides excellent condition for growing the highest-quality buckwheat seeds. Also, the mountains in the area convey the highly pure water, which is necessary for soba making. The water is combined with skillful techniques of soba masters and the fantastic nature, making delicious soba. Experience the traditional soba, which is proudly served in more than 100 restaurants in Nikko.
  • Yuba: This bean curd skin made from the thin sheet created by heated soymilk is renown delicacy of Nikko. The silky and nutlike flavor dish is one of the popular foods that has featured in traditional Japanese cuisine for centuries. This healthy thin soy film has been beloved by monks who tend to live on strict vegetarian diets and is used overwhelmingly in diverse ways as appetizing foods of the region.

Sano Premium Outlets

The biggest shopper’s paradise of Tochigi prefecture awaits for those who wants to be surrounded by 170 outlet stores, delivering everything from overseas brands to Tochigi souvenirs. The neighborhood has a variety of tourist sites such as flower park, fruit farms and other interesting places to provide fun for visitors. Whether ones are looking for bargains on valuable global brands or an all-day shopping entertainment experiences, the outlets have passionate shopping lovers covered.

58 miles / Approximately 75 min drive


This theme park recreates Japan’s historic Edo era with impressive detail, costumed characters, architectural models and performances with ninjas, villagers and samurais.

Distance: 9.5 miles or approximately 25-minute drive


This cruise starts from Chuzenji Boat Station and takes in the surrounding landscape including Mount Nantai.

Distance: 0.15 miles or 3-minute walk


The retro steam-, electric- and diesel-powered train, restored by Tobu Railways, take visitors on a journey through Nikko’s landscape. It’s a popular attraction, and tickets are available one month in advance.

Distance: 15 miles or 35-minute drive


This architectural museum and park houses 1/25-scale reproductions of 102 of the world’s UNESCO World Heritage buildings.

Distance: 21 miles or 50-minute drive