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Lake Yunoko

Eco Adventures

Water Is Life. Pristine nature and rich history mean you can head out daily for many consecutive days of something new in Nikko. Pack binoculars when hiking or biking the trails—you are sure to spot wild birds and macaques. The power of water is all around, in the cascades and marshlands and in Japan’s highest freshwater lake, right in front of the hotel. 

Day

1

MORNING
  • SUN SALUTE.

    Greet the day as the sun rises over sacred Mount Nantai. After a farm-fresh breakfast, meet your guide for fly-fishing, a sport introduced to Japan right here in these mountains by Scotsman Thomas Glover in 1902.

AFTERNOON
  • HIKE PROTECTED WETLANDS.

    See the pristine watershed of the Lake Yuno area, including Yudaki Falls and the wetlands of Senjogahara. Footpaths make it easy to enjoy the plentiful birdlife, gurgling streams, and majestic views of sacred Mount Nantai

  • BLISSFUL SOAK.

    It wouldn’t be a vacation in Japan without bath hopping. Try the atmospheric Onsen located within an affiliate temple of the UNESCO-designated Rinnoji. The guardian deity here is Yakushi, the buddha of medicine and healing.

EVENING
  • GRILLED DELIGHTS.

    Relax at The Japanese Restaurant over a teppanyaki feast of Tochigi’s farmland bounty. Umami-rich yuba steak, made of fresh tofu skin, is at the ready for our vegetarian guests.

  • NIGHTCAP.

    Toast the day at The Bar with an original cocktail or mocktail made with all-natural Nikko spring water.

Day

2

MORNING
  • JAPANESE, OR WESTERN?

    Our farm-fresh “breakfast box” changes daily, and arrives with a hearty salad and oven-fresh breads. Select your preference for Japanese or Western style and dig in.

  • SCENIC RIDES (Spring, Summer, Fall).

    Cycle to the roots of this destination with visits to Chuzenji Temple and the former villas of the British and Italian embassies. Or, hop on a mountain bike to ride the Lake Chuzenji Skyline for panoramic views.

  • SNOW CYCLING & TREK (Winter).

    Take in the crisp air of the oak and larch forest of Odashirogahara on a fat bike, and add on either a fun snowshoe romp or a deeper trek to see the frozen cascade of Iori Falls.

MIDDAY
  • OUTDOOR PICNIC.

    Weather permitting, take a lunch break on the shore of Lake Chuzenji, then board a speedboat to cruise back to the hotel.

AFTERNOON
  • TAKE IT EASY.

    Pamper yourself at our spa with the deeply cleansing Sake Revive & Renew treatment. A foam made of sake lees softens and brightens the skin; rice-bran oil nourishes it. Reserve the adjoining open-air bath for a private soak.

EVENING
  • HOLIDAY BOATHOUSE.

    Enjoy the front-row views of Lake Chuzenji and Mount Nantai over dinner and a cozy fire at the Lakehouse.

  • STARGAZING.

    Our highland setting is a superb canvas for the night sky. Take in the spectacle that unfolds after dusk with a powerful telescope that shows even the craters on the moon.