I'm trying to plan one day of sightseeing in Nikko, but since directions on Japan Guide to each destination start from the Nikko station, I'm a little unsure if I'm planning correctly. I could use any feedback from anyone who's familiar with the area. Also a few questions about the sightseeing cruise and ropeway.
We're more interested in the waterfalls and such rather than the temples/shrines so we're planning the trip somewhat backwards... starting at the furthest point of interest and working our way back to spend any time left at the shrines/temples
From JR or Tobu Nikko Station, take a Tobu bus bound for Yumoto Onsen and get off at the Ryuzu No Taki bus stop (approx 1 hour)
**From here we would like to take the Nikko pleasure boat from Shobugahama Pier to Chuzenji Temple, but I can't quite figure out if this is possible, or if all the boats just return to their original point, can anyone clarify?
Otherwise... Tobu bus to Chuzenjiko Onsen for the Kegon Waterfall – few minutes walk from bus stop
**from here we're thinking the Akechidaira Plateau & Ropeway but there doesn't seem to be much information on how to actually get to it...
.. Then back to Central Nikko Temples & Shrines – Tobu bus to Shinkyo or Nishisando stops (approx 40 minutes)
and possibly to Kanmangafuchi Abyss – Tobu bus to Tomozawa stop, 10-15 minute walk through residential area OR 30 minute walk from Toshogu Shrine
Tobu bus back to Tobu Nikko Station (approx 10 minutes)
Also, does anyone know if all these trains/buses are covered by the All Nikko Pass as that's what we're planning to purchase?
Thanks in advance for any feedback!!