Kirifuri Highland 霧降高原
Sweeping views and sacred peaks
While the ornate temples of Nikko draw visitors to their magnificent grounds, there are other more natural wonders in the area. Just north of the city, Kirifuri Highland offers breathtaking views over Kanto , as far as Tokyo and the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. The area is renowned for its wildflowers and offers hiking and climbing routes for all levels.
- Golden yellow Nikko lilies in summer
- Sightings of wild deer and monkeys
- The spectacular views over the whole Kanto plain
How to Get There
Kirifuri Highland is accessible via a 25-minute bus ride from Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station.
Take the bus going towards Ozasa Bokujo and get off at Kirifuri Kogen bus stop.
The area starts around 1,200 meters above sea level
Skiing is available in winter with four lifts and four main runs
Fields of flowers high in the mountains
Summer and fall are the most popular season to visit Kirifuri Highland. In June and July, the area is carpeted with yellow Nikko lilies, and the ski lifts take you over the golden fields. Fall brings about a stunning landscape of red, yellow, and orange.
1,445 steps into the sky
The Tenku Kairo, or Sky Corridor, is a 1,445 step staircase that ends with a panoramic view of the area. From the top, on clear days, Mt. Fuji and even the Pacific ocean are visible.
Climb towards a sacred peak
Kirifuri Highland acts as a gateway to one of Nikko's three sacred peaks, Mt. Nyoho. After ascending the Sky Corridor staircase, follow the path towards Mt. Akanagi which will lead you to another path towards Mt. Nyoho. Mt. Nyoho is the large ridge that rises over the famous Nikko shrines and temples. The climb is not easy and should not be attempted by beginners. However, Mt. Nyoho is revered as having the best views in Tochigi .