Long a sanctuary of the Japanese court, the imperial family and Japanese citizens for its seasonally changing beauty, Nikko is a must-see destination for domestic and international tourists alike. However, few visitors travel beyond the shrines and temples to experience the nature and history of the national park—the main reasons that Nikko has attracted people for generations. Read more about Nikko National Park's inspiring scenery.
Nikko National Park, like all of Japan's national parks, has no entrance fees, no opening and closing hours, and no permit is required to enter or stay in the park. The national parks of Japan differ from national parks worldwide in that the land within the national parks is not exclusively designated for national park use and is made up of private property as well as public and protected areas. Visitors are free to enter and leave at any time.
This mountainous region of the Nasu Volcanic Belt has peaks such as Mt. Shirane (2,578 meters), the highest peak in the northern Kanto region; Mt. Nantai (2,486 meters), renowned as an object of worship from ancient times; and Mt. Nasu (1,917 meters), an active volcano.
Nikko National Park is easily accessible by train or car from the Tokyo area. It includes stunning volcanic peaks, ecologically rich marshlands, dense forests and dramatic gorges.
Nasu Heisei-no-Mori Forest, historically a retreat for the imperial family, is now open to the public, while Shiobara Gorge's foliage changes dramatically with the seasons.
This is the collective name of several volcanoes on the border of Tochigi and Fukushima prefectures. It consists of Mt. Chausu, which is still releasing gas and steam; Mt. Asahi characterized by its sheer rocky cliffs; and Mt. Sambonyari, the highest peak of Mt. Nasudake surrounded by forests.
This is an area of approximately 560 hectares that lies partly on the former site of the Nasu Imperial Villa, which the Ministry of the Environment took over and opened to the public. Various nature experience events, and study programs are open to the public in this expansive natural forest.
Choose between three trekking courses of varying levels and distance in and around Shiobara Gorge. Walk along a valley covered in rich green in spring and summer—or red in autumn—while looking at falls, suspension bridges and marshlands.
Mt. Nikko-Shirane is the highest mountain in the Kanto region located on the border of Tochigi and Gunma prefectures at 2,578 meters above sea level. You can start your hike from Nikko Yumoto Onsen, Marunuma Swamp, or other points around the area.
The Yunoko, Yukawa, Senjogahara and Odashirogahara areas are collectively registered as Oku-nikko Shitsugen (Oku-nikko High Moor) in the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands. These marshlands, rich in unique plant and animal life, can be easily explored using wooden footpaths.
Lake Chuzenji, Japan's highest natural lake, was formed 20,000 years ago by an eruption of Mt. Nantai that created a natural dam. Kegon Falls drop dramatically from the lake and can freeze solid in winter. The surrounding area is a popular sightseeing base.