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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 (692 votes)
Visited by: 1297 users
 2  Taiyuinbyo
Mausoleum of Iemitsu, Ieyasu's grandson.
User rating: 88/100 (225 votes)
Visited by: 401 users
 3  Rinnoji Temple
Nikko's most important temple.
User rating: 85/100 (472 votes)
Visited by: 866 users
 4  Tamozawa Villa
Former Nikko residence of the Imperial Family.
User rating: 78/100 (35 votes)
Visited by: 98 users
 5  Kanmangafuchi Abyss
Atmospheric walking trail through a gorge.
User rating: 87/100 (55 votes)
Visited by: 123 users
 6  Futarasan Shrine
Dedicated to Nikko's sacred mountains.
User rating: 85/100 (413 votes)
Visited by: 764 users
 7  Botanical Garden
Research garden of the University of Tokyo.
User rating: 82/100 (60 votes)
Visited by: 151 users
 8  Shinkyo Bridge
Sacred bridge at the entrance to Nikko's shrines.
User rating: 75/100 (290 votes)
Visited by: 547 users
 
Okunikko (National Park)
 1  Lake Chuzenji
Lake at the foot of Mount Nantai.
User rating: 82/100 (351 votes)
Visited by: 723 users
 2  Yumoto Onsen
Hot spring resort in the national park.
User rating: 81/100 (102 votes)
Visited by: 257 users
 3  Senjogahara Marsh
Idyllic marshland with nice hiking trails.
User rating: 78/100 (81 votes)
Visited by: 205 users
 4  Hangetsuyama
Mountain with great views over Lake Chuzenji.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 8 users
 5  Ryuzu Waterfall
Waterfall famous for its autumn colors.
User rating: 83/100 (132 votes)
Visited by: 324 users
 6  Kegon Waterfall
Nikko's most famous waterfall.
User rating: 83/100 (259 votes)
Visited by: 582 users
 7  Chuzenji Temple
Temple at the shores of Lake Chuzenjiko.
User rating: 75/100 (8 votes)
Visited by: 22 users
 8  Irohazaka
Road connecting the town with Okunikko.
User rating: 73/100 (14 votes)
Visited by: 36 users
 9  Akechidaira Plateau
Observation decks along the Irohazaka road.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 4 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: 70/100 (120 votes)
Visited by: 365 users
  

Access and Orientation
Access and Orientation
How to get to and around Niiko.

Tobu Free Passes
Discount tickets for visiting Nikko.

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Tours and Packages
Nikko Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Nikko and surroundings.

User Ratings
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User Rating (by 1163 users):
91/100
  highly recommended

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