Nikko Japan was way cooler than we expected. It was our first stop in our 21 day Japanese road trip. We arrived from Tokyo and had one full day of adventuring before taking off for our second location, Takayama.
Time of year: Spring was the tits (March for us, but April would be better). The only downside was when we drove into the mountains. I bet if we were there two weeks later there would have been some beautiful new growth on the trees. As you’ll see in our photos, everything was pretty brown still. But stunning none-the-less.
Getting to Nikko: Japan’s train system is LEGIT. I am not positive but I believe you can get train tickets to Nikko from Tokyo. But we truly do suggest renting a car and driving. You drive on the left side of the road, but the roads are SO NICE and we found that people followed road safety super well. It was one of the easiest countries we’ve driven in, despite driving on the “opposite” side of the road.
Accommodation: Stay at Nikko Akarinoyado Villa Revage. This was the only hotel we stayed at in Japan that had private Onsen Baths; and it was absolutely amazing. The bath feature definitely made the hotel, as the rooms were VERY basic.
Activities: We split our day in two sections. The first section was exploring Nikko and the World Heritage Site of Nikko National Park. This is the most walking. You’ll see this trend in all of our Japan blogs. ALL. OF. THE. WALKING. You likely walk to every location, and then each location requires more walking. It’s all well and good. Just be warned!
I won’t break each photo down, but this was the first half of our day IN NIKKO before starting the second half (driving into the mountains around Nikko).
The path is well known in Nikko and started just a few blocks from our hotel. Remember, Nikko is TINY.
This portion took a few hours and definitely could have taken longer. We were on a tight schedule, so just know that you could easily split this up into several days.
After finishing up in Nikko, we grabbed some local snacks and walked back to the hotel. There, we picked up the car and headed into the mountains.
Then proceeded to drive around to:
Then it was back to Nikko so that we could pack up and prep for our VERY eventful drive to Takayama the next day.
We can’t speak to the food in Nikko because we weren’t super impressed but we really only had ONE legit dinner meal here. It’s a small town, so choices are limited. You’ll be fine.
Nikko packed a big punch. As I said, we were pleasantly surprised and definitely suggest venturing here if you’re going to be in Japan. Pin this for later so you don’t forget!
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