Nikko and Self-guided Walking in Yumoto Onsen 4 days

Nikko and Self-guided Walking in Yumoto Onsen 4 days

Nikko and Self-guided Walking in Yumoto Onsen
Sightseeing around the villages (easy optional walks)

Nikko is a mountainous area north of Tokyo, in Tochigi prefecture. Famous for its glorious natural beauty, and a UNESCO-listed shrine complex – including Toshogu shrine that is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, one of Japan’s most iconic leaders of the Edo period (1600-1868).
The Nikko region is home to varied natural habitats, like marshlands, deep forests, waterfalls, transparent rivers and lakes.
You will explore the rich history and culture of the Nikko region, and relax at Japanese hot spring inns after your hikes.

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 Sightseeing in Nikko

Travel by train to Nikko. It was here that in 1617 the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu had himself enshrined. These extravagantly ornate buildings are now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites (there is ample time to visit all of the main shrine structures today). A convenient network of bus routes enables access to many wonderful sites, including the 3 Great Falls of Nikko. After sightseeing here, relax at a wonderful inn located in nearby river valley.

Accommodation: Onsen ryokan (Hot spring travellers inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 2 Hike from Ryuzu Falls to Yumoto Onsen

This morning, take a bus further into the mountains to Oku Nikko. The forests and mountains here have been sacred to Japanese people for 1,200 years. Your first hike in the area is a gentle introduction to the region: the route follows the Yukawa River towards the onsen village of Nikko Yumoto where you will spend the evening. The hike also takes in two spectacular waterfalls: Ryuzu and Yudaki Falls.

Distance: 8.4km
Time required: 3-4 hours
Ascent/descent: 295m of ascent and 90m of descent
Accommodation: Onsen ryokan (Hot spring travellers inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Hiking in the Oku Nikko plains

Heading north east from Yumoto Onsen, today’s hike offers exceptional scenery along the Oku Nikko plains, skirting both Mount Mitsudake and Mount Orogura. The trail loops around to the south before returning to Yumoto Onsen where you will spend one more night. Sightings of both monkey and deer are common on this wonderfully rural trail.

Distance: 14.8km
Time required: 6-7 hours
Ascent/descent: 560m of ascent and 570m of descent
Note: it is also possible to reduce the hike by 4.7km and 2 hours by skipping the final section of the walk with a local bus
Accommodation: Onsen ryokan (Hot spring travellers inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Return to Nikko and Tokyo

This morning, return to central Nikko by bus and then continue onwards to Tokyo by train. You can spend more time exploring Nikko town if you wish, or you may prefer to connect straight onwards to Tokyo before lunch.

Meals: Breakfast

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three nights at traditional Japanese inns, with onsen baths on all three nights
  • Enjoy the grand, ornate design of the UNSECO-listed temple and shrine complex in Nikko
  • Hike along the scenic and varied Oku Nikko plains, past beautiful waterfalls, lakes and the peaceful Yukawa river
  • Relax in the rural onsen town of Nikko Yumoto
  • Experience the local delicacy, the delicious, light version of tofu known as Yuba
  • Visit the breathtaking ‘3 Great Falls of Nikko’

TOUR LENGTH
4 days

SEASON
April to November.

TYPE AND LEVEL OF TRIP
Moderate level trip with sightseeing around villages and easy optional walks.

WHAT IS INCLUDED
3 breakfasts and 3 dinners (due to rural nature of this tour, some properties will only have Japanese-style beddings and shared facilities)
3 nights’ accommodation
Round trip rail tickets beginning and ending in Tokyo
Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking directions
Local telephone support

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Airport transfers
Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches
Single room supplement(s) if required
Luggage transfer

IMPORTANT:
Please note that due to the rural nature of the accommodations sourced for this package, it can take 1-3 weeks to receive a confirmation after deposit is received. When booking, alternative accommodations may need to be sourced due to limited availability; this may result in price increases in line with a higher standard of accommodation. This may also result in a slightly altered itinerary as is required to move the travellers to the new accommodations booked.





















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