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Nikko National Park Boat Cruise

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Relax on Lake Chuzenji high in the mountains above the town of Nikko

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Take in panoramic views of Nikko National Park on a roughly one-hour cruise on Lake Chuzenji, Japan’s highest natural lake at an elevation of 1,300 meters (excluding artificial lakes and lakes smaller than 4 k㎡). The mostly undeveloped and forested landscape changes with the seasons; expect to see purple, pink, red and white azaleas in spring, vibrant greens in summer and spectacular orange, red and yellow leaves in autumn, one of the most popular times of year for capturing photos of the vistas.


Choose from two courses with Tobu Chuzenjiko Cruises. From the boat you will see the impressive figures of Mt. Nantai (2,486 m), revered as an object of worship from ancient times, and Mt. Shirane, (2,578 m), the highest peak in the northern Kanto region. The lake was created 20,000 years ago when Mt. Nantai erupted and lava blocked the valley below. Both mountains feature in 100 Famous Japanese Mountains, a book written in 1964 by mountaineer and author Fukuda Kyuya.


Nikko National Park is easily accessed from JR Nikko Station and Tobu Nikko Stations. From either station it is about 45 minutes by bus or car to Lake Chuzenji.



How to get there


About 45 minutes by car or bus from JR Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station to Chuzenjiko Onsen, the location the cruises depart from.



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