Travel Guide to Nikko

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Nikko, located in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, has some of the most breathtaking natural scenery. It attracts visitors thanks to its wealth of hot springs, and rich cultural history, such as the ornate Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate.

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Nikko has several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Toshogu, Futarasan Shrine, and Rinno-ji Temple.

Just a bus ride into the mountains you will see the stunning Kegon Falls and the glacial Lake Chuzenji.

Significant events in Nikko include the Grand Spring Festival at Toshogu Shrine, featuring the Yayoi Festival with processions of samurai warriors, and the Nikko Autumn Festival, which showcases traditional Yabusame (horseback archery).

Prefecture: Tochigi Prefecture
Region: Kanto, north of Tokyo
Climate: Humid continental with warm summers and cold, snowy winters
Major Festivals: Grand Spring Festival, Nikko Autumn Festival
Local Food & Drinks: Yuba (tofu skin)

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