Nikko, Japan – Day 4(a)

asa gohan
Fresh bread just sounds so good but there was too much to choose from so I settled for something familiar, sandwiches to accompany me for the 2.5hours ride even further up north for my 2days 1 night adventure in Nikko.

JR Nikko Line
You take the train up to Utsunomiya Station and transfer to the JR Nikko line, do check your times when you head out from here as the JR Nikko lines are pretty limited and I missed my connection and ended up waiting for 45min for the next one. However, it was still interesting to explore Utsunomiya Station as it looked really old school. Arriving in Nikko, I was fascinated how everything seems to wind back like 8-10 years out of Tokyo as the Nikko station was really small and looks very rustic..

old school
Black and white theme photo at Utsunomiya Station.

chuzenji town area

Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenjiko) is a scenic lake in the mountains above the town of Nikko. It is located at the foot of Mount Nantai, Nikko’s sacred volcano, whose eruption blocked the valley below, thereby creating Lake Chuzenji about 20,000 years ago. Chuzenjiko’ shores are mostly undeveloped and forested except at the lake’s eastern end where the small hot spring town of Chuzenjiko Onsen was built. The town is also the site of Kegon Waterfall, the most famous of several waterfalls in Nikko National Park.

Japan-guide

1st thing was to get the Tobu 2 days pass to Chuzenjiko and took the 50min ride up the mountain. It was a really winding ride up (Irohazaka Winding Road) and snow was still to be seen. Nikko area is basically more famous for its momiji (red leaves period) and I believe it would be really pretty so I was a little disappointed when I could see nothing much.

lunch
Was already lunch time so 1st thing was to fix the hungry stomach.

down the elevator

The almost 100 meter tall Kegon Waterfall (Kegon no taki) is the most famous of Nikko’s many beautiful waterfalls. In fact, it is even ranked as one of Japan’s three most beautiful falls, along with Nachi Waterfall in Wakayama Prefecture and Fukuroda Waterfall in Ibaraki Prefecture.

–  Japan-guide

kegon falls
It can be seen from a free observation platform that is easily accessible on foot, as well as from a paid platform at the base of the falls. The view here was the paid platform where you could get a better view of the waterfall.

chuzenji lake

view
View of Lake Chuzenji

curvy ride
Glad to see some snow and another 50min ride down the Irohazaka Winding Road to go back to Nikko station.

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