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Nikko 
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Nikko (日光, Nikkō) is a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, most famous for Toshogu, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries before Toshogu was built in the 1600s, and Nikko National Park continues to offer scenic, mountainous landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, wild monkeys and hiking trails.

Nikko and the Okunikko area around Lake Chuzenji, in particular, are well known for their beautiful autumn colors (koyo). In the average year the colors start descending from the higher elevations of Yumoto Onsen in early October, are best around Lake Chuzenji and the Irohazaka road in mid to late October and reach the town of Nikko in the first half of November.

Nikko is located along Japan's Romantic Road.

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Attractions
Central Nikko (Town)
 1  Toshogu Shrine
Lavish mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
User rating: 91/100 (702 votes)
Visited by: 1324 users
 2  Taiyuinbyo
Mausoleum of Iemitsu, Ieyasu's grandson.
User rating: 88/100 (226 votes)
Visited by: 405 users
 3  Rinnoji Temple
Nikko's most important temple.
User rating: 85/100 (476 votes)
Visited by: 878 users
 4  Tamozawa Villa
Former Nikko residence of the Imperial Family.
User rating: 78/100 (36 votes)
Visited by: 100 users
 5  Kanmangafuchi Abyss
Atmospheric walking trail through a gorge.
User rating: 87/100 (56 votes)
Visited by: 126 users
 6  Futarasan Shrine
Dedicated to Nikko's sacred mountains.
User rating: 85/100 (415 votes)
Visited by: 770 users
 7  Botanical Garden
Research garden of the University of Tokyo.
User rating: 82/100 (61 votes)
Visited by: 151 users
 8  Shinkyo Bridge
Sacred bridge at the entrance to Nikko's shrines.
User rating: 76/100 (299 votes)
Visited by: 568 users
 
Okunikko (National Park)
 1  Lake Chuzenji
Lake at the foot of Mount Nantai.
User rating: 82/100 (360 votes)
Visited by: 739 users
 2  Yumoto Onsen
Hot spring resort in the national park.
User rating: 81/100 (106 votes)
Visited by: 264 users
 3  Senjogahara Marsh
Idyllic marshland with nice hiking trails.
User rating: 79/100 (81 votes)
Visited by: 214 users
 4  Hangetsuyama
Mountain with great views over Lake Chuzenji.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 10 users
 5  Ryuzu Waterfall
Waterfall famous for its autumn colors.
User rating: 83/100 (134 votes)
Visited by: 335 users
 6  Kegon Waterfall
Nikko's most famous waterfall.
User rating: 83/100 (272 votes)
Visited by: 607 users
 7  Chuzenji Temple
Temple at the shores of Lake Chuzenjiko.
User rating: 76/100 (10 votes)
Visited by: 29 users
 8  Irohazaka
Road connecting the town with Okunikko.
User rating: 74/100 (21 votes)
Visited by: 50 users
 9  Akechidaira Plateau
Observation decks along the Irohazaka road.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 5 users
Special Interest Guides
  Nikko Autumn Leaf Spots
  A list of popular autumn color spots in Nikko.
Nearby Attractions
 1  Kinugawa Onsen
Hot spring resort with theme parks near Nikko.
User rating: 71/100 (129 votes)
Visited by: 384 users
  

Access and Orientation
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User Ratings
Ratings for Nikko:
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User Rating (by 1195 users):
91/100
  highly recommended

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