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Autumn Color Report 2017
Nikko Autumn Color Spots
Nikko Report - October 17, 2017
Nikko Report - October 3, 2017

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.

Top attractions in Nikko

Central Nikko (Town)
Temple

Taiyuinbyo

Mausoleum of Iemitsu, Ieyasu's grandson.
4.2 / 5
490
Historic Site

Tamozawa Villa

Former Nikko residence of the Imperial Family.
3.8 / 5
128
Shrine

Shinkyo Bridge

Sacred bridge at the entrance to Nikko's shrines.
3.4 / 5
773
Okunikko
Viewpoint/Tower

Hangetsuyama

Mountain with great views over Lake Chuzenji.
3.9 / 5
23
Scenic Ride

Irohazaka

Road connecting the town with Okunikko.
3.4 / 5
138
Nearby Attractions

Nasu-Shiobara

Resort area with hiking trails and hot springs.
3.2 / 5
196

Kinugawa Onsen

Hot spring resort with theme parks near Nikko.
3.1 / 5
486

Access and Orientation

Hotels around Nikko

Recommended Hotels
Chuzenjiko Kanaya Hotel
Upscale mountain lodge style hotel in rustic log cabin buildings set in the forest.
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Nikko Kanaya Hotel
This historic hotel was one of the first Western style hotels in Japan. It is conveniently located across the street from the temples and shrines of Nikko.
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Agoda Japanican Booking
Turtle Inn Nikko
Inexpensive inn popular among foreign tourists, conveniently located 15 minutes walk from Nikko's temples and shrines.
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Agoda Booking

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: January 4, 2016