Nikko is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Japan. Not only Japanese but also people from all over the would have visited there in recent years. Today, I will introduce “Kegon Falls”, “Lake Chuzenji” and “Toshogu Shrine (world heritage site)” which are the places you should visit when you go to Nikko especially for the first time.
Kegon Falls is one of the three famous waterfalls in japan. It’s about 100 meters tall. The scenery is dynamic and worth seeing. If you have time, take an elevator that brought you to the observation deck. You can enjoy stunning view of the falls from there!
Lake Chuzenji is located near Kegon Falls. It is said the lake was formed by the eruption of Mt. Nantai. People come to admire the beautiful landscape. Especially, autumn leaves turning red and yellow attracts a lot of tourists. You can also enjoy getting on a sightseeing boat or rowing a small boat by yourself.
Nikkou Toshogu Shrine along with Futarasan-jinja Shrine and Rinnnoji Temple is designated as one of the world heritage sites in Japan. Yomeimon which is a lavish gate covered with various carvings, and three wise monkeys which express “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” are very famous. When you explore the site, you can find a sleeping cat. (Be careful not to miss it, because the cat is very small!) If you visit Yakushi-do, you might hear the dragon roaring.
Those are very popular sightseeing places where many students also visit on a school trip. Actually, I went to Nikko when I was in the 6th grade. However, some schools have to give up visiting there because of COVID-19. I heard the school my friend’s daughter goes to decided not to visit Nikko as a school excursion. She was very discouraged by the news. I guess there are many people who had to cancel the travel to Nikko or Japan just like her. And I hope this blog will be useful in some way. After you can travel again, I’d like you to visit Nikko. And I’m willing to guide you at that time. Until then, stay safe!
Thank you for reading. Have a nice week!