Indulge in distinctive mystical atmosphere of Nikko
At two hours of train from Tokyo, the small town Nikko in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture is not only home to some of Japan’s best UNESCO World Heritage sites, including historical shrines and temples, but also boasting a great multitude of splendid natural landscapes and relaxing Japanese baths/onsens. If you’re looking for the mystical vibes in this used-to-be sacred land of mountain worship, the most famous shrine Toshogu is a top choice. This shrine is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, and considered an outstanding cultural legacy of the Edo era. Besides the religions sites, the cherry blossom scenery during spring or the stunning red leaves forest in Autumn around the scenic Lake Chuzenji allures many tourists as well. Nearby you can also enjoy another natural landmark of Nikko, Kegon Falls. Take the elevator down to the observation deck and get close to the basin to catch a sight you won't forget.