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Cycle Around Nikko’s Sights


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Hop on a bike to get around and see all of Nikko’s World Heritage shrines and temples in one day

Nikko City Tourism Association


©mekke Nikko Kyodo Center


Just 2 hours by train from Tokyo, the World Heritage sites of Nikko await, with many historic shrines, temples, villas and natural sights like the Kegon Falls to explore.  

Go beyond the main sights, like the elaborate architecture of Nikko Toshogu Shrine, and explore the city’s many lesser-known gems by bicycle. This eco-friendly way of getting around means you don’t have to wait for buses and can zip between your desired sights without delay. 

Check out spots that most casual visitors miss, like the Kanmangafuchi Abyss, a lush canyon lined with stone jizo statues, or Takino Shrine, surrounded by a cedar tree forest. The Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park was once the summer residence of the imperial family, and is a must-see during your cycling adventure around Nikko. 

Just pick up an electric bicycle at Mekke, and stop by the tourist information center in the facility to ask the staff for their recommendations of what to see. Then you are ready to go off and discover the history of Nikko on wheels. 

Mekke also offers the chance to experience the traditional art of Nikko-bori wood carving, which originated with the skilled sculptors who came to Nikko to construct Toshogu Shrine. 


©mekke Nikko Kyodo Center

How to get there


From Tokyo Station, take the Tohoku Shinkansen to Utsunomiya Station (about 50 minutes). Transfer to the JR Nikko Line bound for Nikko (about 40 minutes). The mekke Nikko Kyodo Center is about 5 minutes away by bus, just in front of the Nikko Kyodo Center Mae bus stop.


591 Goko-machi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken


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