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2017/10/24

2017/10/24 - Nikko Report

After Typhoon No. 21 blasted the country this weekend and into Monday, the skies have calmed and the autumn color season continues making its way down from Japan's highest elevations...
2017/10/17

2017/10/17 - Nikko Report

Continuing with the autumn color chase this week, I headed to the popular tourist destination Nikko for a follow up since Sam's trip two weeks ago. Today, I found the colors in the Oku Nikko region to be just shy of...
2017/10/03

2017/10/03 - Nikko Report

A region of lakes, mountains and temples, Nikko is split into two main areas; the relatively low-lying town area, and the nature-rich highlands of Okunikko. With a considerable altitude differential of around 2000 meters...
2017/05/30

Exploring Nikko

Today I traveled to Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture to visit some of the main attractions of this revered tourist destination. As well as being popular during ...
2017/03/13

Nikko Toshogu Uncovered

Today, I made a quick trip to Toshogu in Nikko to check out the newly restored Yomeimon Gate. The gate has been under restoration works for the last four years and was finally unveiled to the public on March 10, 2017...
2016/10/28

2016/10/28 - Nikko Report

Adorned with mountains, grasslands, water features and temples, Nikko is a popular destination for travelers from Tokyo during autumn when the elevation differential typically permits for a showing of color throughout the month of October as it sweeps down from the high points of Okunikko to the town below...
2016/10/18

2016/10/18 - Nikko Report

This year's autumn color season is well underway, as the front of changing leaves is slowly moving its way down from Japan's highest peaks to middle elevations around north Honshu's Tohoku Region...
2016/10/06

2016/10/06 - Nikko Report

Located just a couple of hours north of Tokyo, the Nikko area typically starts to see autumn colors in late September to early October; a good month to six weeks before the parks and ginkgo-flanked streets of the capital start to show signs of change...
2015/10/28

2015/10/28 - Nikko Report

Today Schauwecker and I drove out Nikko to follow up on the progress of the area's autumn colors (koyo). It seems to have been a relatively fast koyo season this year, and despite Nikko's typically...
2015/10/15

2015/10/15 - Nikko Report

Today, I went to Nikko for a follow up Nikko autumn color report. I visited Okunikko and Nikko to see how the colors had developed since the last time Joe went nine days ago. The autumn colors are...
2015/10/06

2015/10/06 - Nikko Report

Japan's autumn color season is undoubtedly in full swing this week, as the color front has been bursting to life across Japan...
2014/10/21

2014/10/21 - Nikko Report

With autumn colors coming to a finish on higher mountains like Tateyama and Nasu, some of the best places to find fall color at this mid-point in the...
2014/10/07

2014/10/07 - Nikko Report

On our last report from Nikko about a week and a half ago, the fall colors in the highest mountainous areas of...
2014/09/26

2014/09/26 - Nikko Report

While Hokkaido's autumn color has begun two weeks earlier than usual this year, Nikko National Park, just a few hours north of Tokyo (which is still a couple months from seeing its first...
2014/01/23

Nikko in Winter

My reporting for the year started with a trip to Okunikko with Schauwecker. We usually visit this area for fall colors in the autumn, but today we saw a different side of Okunikko which provided some lovely winter...
2013/10/29

2013/10/29 - Nikko Report

The start to this week has seen clearer skies after last week's continuous rainy weather. As Scott remains in the Tohoku Region for more reporting, I visited Nikko again to follow up on my report almost two...
2013/10/17

2013/10/17 - Nikko Report

Slightly more than a week after Schauwecker last reported from Nikko, I made a trip there today to check out its autumn colors. Each fall, the japan-guide.com team...
2013/10/08

2013/10/08 - Nikko Report

The mountainous Okunikko region above the town center of Nikko is one of the first places near Tokyo to see autumn colors. On our first of multiple report trips to Nikko this year, I...
2012/11/07

2012/11/07 - Nikko Report

Today I revisited Nikko to check on the state of the autumn colors around the lower areas of Okunikko and around Nikko Town. Nikko has a particularly long koyo season, which is...
2012/10/24

2012/10/24 - Nikko Report

Following our previous reports on Nikko last week and the week before, today I visited again to check out the progress of the autumn colors there....
2012/10/16

2012/10/16 - Nikko Report

Today I made our second autumn color visit to the popular Nikko area, about two hours north of Tokyo. Its been a week since our first report from...
2012/10/09

2012/10/09 - Nikko Report

Nikko, as popular a tourist destination as it tends to be, is particularly widely visited every autumn because it usually provides great autumn colors in combination with its famous places of interest. The varying elevations of the...
2011/10/27

2011/10/27 - Nikko Report

Today I took a trip to Nikko to follow up on the progress of the autumn colors. So far this season I haven't really had the chance to see any good autumn colors (koyo), but looking at our last report from the area really reignited my...
2011/10/12

2011/10/12 - Nikko Report

Nine days after my first visit, I returned to Nikko today to find the season to have progressed remarkably thanks to recent cold nights. The colors are now at their peak around...
2011/10/03

2011/10/03 - Nikko Report

Nikko National Park is one of the first places near Tokyo to see autumn colors. And thanks to its wide range in elevation, Nikko offer colors for a long period of over a month. In the average year, the coloring...
2011/04/17

After the Earthquake: A trip to Nikko

Located about 250 km from the earthquake's epicenter and 150 km from the Fukushima power plants, Nikko escaped damage from the tremors and remains safe from dangerous radiation. Scheduled blackouts, however, affected the town for...