Autumn is the best season for sightseeing at Nikko. Nikko has many tourist spots with highlights in every seasons. Nikko in the autumn is especially popular, being one of Japan's leading spots for autumn leaves. What better place to enjoy autumn other than Nikko?

Nikko in Autumn

During autumn, Nikko becomes a scenic spot with colored leaves in a rich natural environment with sprawling mountains. There are many spots where you can enjoy autumn in Nikko, such as mountains, lakes, and waterfalls. Nikko is a popular tourist spot throughout the year, with good access from the city center. Autumn is even more crowded with visitors coming to see the autumn leaves. There are many tourist spots in Nikko, including the world heritage site "Nikko Toshogu", which you may visit while admiring the autumn scenery.

Spots to Enjoy Autumn Leaves in Nikko

There are many famous places to see autumn leaves in Nikko. Among these, Lake Chuzenji is a spot where you can enjoy panoramic views of Oku Nikko. It is located at an elevation of 1,269 meters, the highest natural lake in Japan. You can enjoy the beautifully colored autumn leaves in the vast mountains from the Hangetsuyama Observatory. The best time for autumn leaves viewing in Lake Chuzenji is from mid-October to late October. In addition, riding on a pleasure cruiser while overlooking the autumn leaves reflecting on the lake is also recommended.

Autumn Events of Nikko

As the autumn leaves of Nikko reach their peak, light-up events are held at various places. You can see the beautiful scenery of an illuminated Japanese garden and the autumn leaves at Shoyoen of Nikko Sanrin Noji. Shoyoen is a Japanese garden created during the Edo period, and is a strolling garden with a pond in the centre. The gate is open from 4pm to 8pm during the light-up period. The admission fee is 500 yen for adults and free for junior high school students and below. In addition, the Ryuzu Falls is lit up irregularly. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of autumn leaves colored by the powerful waterfall and the maple and linden trees. The combination of the waterfall and the autumn leaves are beautifully lit up. The best time to see the autumn leaves of Ryuzu Falls is from the end of September to the beginning of October.

Access to Nikko from Tokyo

To get to Nikko from Tokyo, take the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station and get off at Utsunomiya Station. From Utsunomiya Station, get on JR Nikko Line and get off at Nikko Station. From Nikko Station, there are bus routes and the Tobu Railway, which provide convenient access to tourist attractions.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Lake Chuzenji Hangetsuyama Observatory
  • Street address: Chugushi, Nikko, Tochigi
  • Access: From Tobu Nikko Station, take the Tobu bus bound for Yumoto Onsen (about 45 minutes) and get off at Chuzenji Onsen. At the bus stop of Chuzenji Onsen, transfer to Chuzenji Skyline Hangetsuyama Line bus (about 20 minutes) and get off at the last stop, about 25 minutes on foot from there. (The service period of Chuzenji Skyline Hangetsuyama Line is from July to August and from October to early November)
  • Wi-Fi: Unavailable
  • Language: Only Japanese
  • Ticket: Free
  • Credit cards: No credit cards accepted

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple Shoyoen
  • Street address: 2300 Sannai, Nikko, Tochigi
  • Access: Take the Tobu bus from JR Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station (about 7 minutes) and about 5 minutes on foot from Shinkyo stop.
  • Wi-Fi: Unavailable
  • Language: Only Japanese
  • Ticket: At the counter
  • Credit cards: No credit cards accepted

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Ryuzu Falls
  • Street address: Chugushi Nikko, Tochigi
  • Access: From Tobu Nikko Station, take the Tobu Bus heading towards Yumoto Onsen and get off at "Ryuzu no Taki" (about 1 hour).
  • Wi-Fi: Unavailable
  • Language: Only Japanese
  • Ticket: Free
  • Credit cards: No credit cards accepted

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