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  • Address: Nikko National Park
  • Hours: Open Daily
  • Admission: Free

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Nikko National Park

Known for its impressive botanical garden, intricate Iemitsu mausoleum and ornate Toshogu Shrine (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Nikko National Park is an area of incredible natural beauty, with plenty to see and do. In addition to shrines and temples, the park is home to numerous lakes, elaborate bridges, excellent hiking trails and two stunning waterfalls—all set against a backdrop of dramatic mountain scenery.

Particularly popular among hikers, nature lovers and those who appreciate Japanese architecture, Nikko National Park is easily accessible from Tokyo on a day trip, with most travelers visiting as part of an organized tour so as to reap the benefits of a local guide and the convenience of round-trip transportation from the city. For a fully immersive journey into the history of Japanese culture, a trip to the national park can be combined with a visit to Edo Wonderland, a colorful theme park of ancient villages featuring geishas, samurais and ninjas.

Insider’s Tip: Nikko National Park—the area around Lake Chuzenji in particular—is especially striking in autumn when tree leaves change from green to deep shades of red and orange. Mid to late October is the best time to see the full spectrum of colors around the lake.

Practical Info

Set about 75 miles (125 km) from Tokyo, the national park can be reached by train from the city in about two hours (get off at the Nikko or Tobu-Nikko station). While entrance to the park is free, there is a small charge to enter some of the shrines and temples. The various walking trails are suitable for both the novice and adventurous hiker.

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Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo

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Explore the scenic shrines and breathtaking countryside of Nikko National Park on a relaxing day trip from Tokyo. Famous for its stunning beauty amid natural ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.22
Best of Edo Japan: Nikko National Park and Edo Wonderland Day Trip from Tokyo, Tokyo, Day Trips
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Best of Edo Japan: Nikko National Park and Edo Wonderland Day Trip from Tokyo

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Visit Nikko on a partially guided day trip from Tokyo to learn about the fascinating era when Tokugawa Ieyasu ruled Japan. Take a guided tour of a UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $144.69
Private Nikko Custom Tour from Tokyo by Chartered Vehicle, Tokyo, Day Trips
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Private Nikko Custom Tour from Tokyo by Chartered Vehicle

Get out of Tokyo with a one-day excursion to Nikko! Nikko is known as beauty spot with the beautiful mountains and lake including Toshogu, where deify Ieyasu ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,409.29
14-Day Classic Japan Tour: Nikko, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima and Kyoto from Tokyo, Tokyo, Custom ... 
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14-Day Classic Japan Tour: Nikko, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima and Kyoto from Tokyo

Discover the cultural highlights of Japan, from the neon-lit streets of modern Tokyo to the ancient temples of Kyoto, on this 14-day tour through the Land of ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 14 days, 13 nights

From USD $4,740.00

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