Nikko – Featured Destination
“”Nikko is Nippon”” is the slogan spread on posters throughout this small town in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture. And, true to the slogan, Nikko is a plain-looking little mountain settlement in which nestles a pay-to-view miracle of cultural achievement. Nikko showcases some of Japan’s most splendid – even gaudy – high culture in a serene and evocative mountain wilderness, and offers a unique combination of natural quietude and cultural opulence.
Sight seeing spots
Nikko Toshogu Shrine
The lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a dozen buildings set in a beautiful forest. Countless wood carvings and large amounts of gold leaf were used to decorate the buildings in a way not seen elsewhere in Japan, where simplicity has been traditionally stressed in shrine architecture. Visitors may note that Toshogu contains both Shinto and Buddhist elements.
The almost 100 meter tall Kegon Waterfall (華厳の滝, Kegon no taki) is the most famous of Nikko’s many beautiful waterfalls. In fact, it is even ranked as one of Japan’s three most beautiful falls, along with Nachi Waterfall in Wakayama Prefecture and Fukuroda Waterfall in Ibaraki Prefecture.