Nikko has been a well-known center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship since Toshogu was built in 1617 and Nikko National Park continues to offer scenic, mountainous landscapes, lakes, waterfalls. However, there are still many unfamiliar places of odd sight in Nikko. One of them is Kanmangafuchi abyss. This trip is to visit not only popular sight-seeing spots but also spot of odd sight.
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At exit of Tobu Nikko station at 9:25AM
Kanmangafuchi Abyss was created by an eruption of nearby Mt. Nantai. This gorge, near the center of Nikko is only a few hundred meters long and can be enjoyed from a pleasant riverside walking trail.
Tamosawa is a park in Nikko city. Originally this building and garden were founded for the villa for the emperor Taishio and now it is opened to the public. This is only one left intact among villas constructed after Meiji area.
Toshogu Shrine is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for about 260 years. You can enjoy the lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a dozen buildings set in a beautiful forest, countless wood carvings and large amounts of gold leaf decorated buildings.
Taiyuin is the mausoleum of the third Tokugawa shogun, Iemitsu, the grandson of Ieyasu. The Taiyuinbyo features a mix of Buddhist and Shinto structures. It was common for places of worship to contain elements of both religions.
At the entrance of Tobu Nikko station
If you follow the Daiya river, you will reach a small gorge called Kanmangafucchi Abyss. Kanmangafuchi Abyss was created by an eruption of nearby Mt. Nantai. On one side of the river, is a botanical garden with a great view to enjoy any season. Besides the beautiful landscape, you can also find on the south shore 70 Jizo statues, called "Bakejizo" (ghosts Jizo) because it is said that their number changes every time you count them. You can expose yourself to mysterious atmosphere in the forest.
Nikko Toshogu Shrine is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu (1943-1616), the founder of Tokugawa shogunate . The shrine, including the Yomeimon Gate, is full of beautiful wooden sculptures. It is probably Japan's most ornate structure, giving off a grand and imposing air with its intricate decorations and architectural features. The numerous animals in those sculptures are thought o be symbols of peace. Among these, you will find the famous "Three Wise Monkeys" representing the maximum " See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil" taught by the Tendai Sect, a Japanese school of Buddhism.
Rinnoji Shrine-Taiyuin Temple listed among UNESCO's World Heritage sites, is dedicated to third Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu. It was build according to his last will to be near his grandfather, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the dynasty's founder, in order to serve him after death. Usually, the main building of a temples faces the South; however the Taiyuin Temple heads towards the North-east, even though it is considered an unlucky direction. It was decided in such way as to show his respect to his grandfather by facing the Toshogu shirne.
Transportation fee (you and guide) If travelers need to meet the guide at Asakusa station, additional ￥2,250 is required to pay. Iunch, dinner,
Entrance fee (Toshogu shrine￥1,300、Taiyuin ￥550、Tamozawa Imperial villa memorial park ￥550)
Tourists are recommended to take the following trains from Asakusa station of Tobu Nikko line to Tobu Nikko station to conduct the trip smoothly as shown below:
The most suitable option: 7:30 Departing Asakusa station --------- by Kegon 5 --------->9:20 Arriving at Tobu Nikko
Other options : 6:30 Departing Asakusa station ---------by Rivaty Kegon1 ------>8:22 Arrving at Tobu Nikko
9:00 Departing Asakusa station ---------by Rivaty Kegon11------10:54 Arriving at Tobu Nikko
Options to go back to Askusa from Nikko
The most suitable option : 16:23 Departing Tobu Nikko station ------ by Rivaty Kegon 40----->18:15 Arriving at Asakusa station
Other options : 17:23 Deaprting Tobu Nikko station ------by Kegon 44 ----------> 19:15 Arriving at Asakusa station
18:11 Departing Tobu Nikko station ------by Kegon 46 -----------> 21:05 Arriving at Asakusa station
From Asakusa to Nikko train fare is ￥2,698 by super express train (It takes 1 hour and 50 minutes)
Tamozawa imperial villa memorial park close on Tuesday (If Tuesday is national holiday, the following day close)
Nao is an excellent and fun guide. He has taken several of my customers of tours around Tokyo and everyone enjoyed it very much. I definitely recommend him!
Dear Zachary Thank you very much for your comment on my recent service. I will keep making efforts to better my skills as guide and make good memories for visitors from overseas countries. Nao Kurobe