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4 Places to Visit in Nikko During Golden Week Holiday

Updated: May 13, 2023

NIKKO SIGHTSEEING IN MAY 2023

It’s golden week in Japan. Where should we go? If you live in Tokyo, Nikko is one of the more convenient locations to visit. Home to stunning natural landscapes, including waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and historic temples designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites.


Today I’m introducing 4 travel destinations you can visit in Nikko. And yes, these are places that I’ve actually visited myself.


GRILLED CHAR, YUBA & DANGO RESTAURANT

Do you know what’s the food Nikko is known for? Yuba. The easiest explanation about this food would be a “tofu skin” made from soybeans.


They make it by heating up soy milk and skim off the skin that forms on the surface. In Nikko, they make everything with it – yuba soft cream, yuba spring roll, yuba katsu, yuba sashimi.


Anyway, this restaurant (清ちゃん) was my absolute favorite. Not only that you can check off “eating yuba” off your list, but there are also other locally well-known foods like grilled char or grilled dango that you can enjoy.


It was quite interesting. They cook the fish using a combination of charcoal and a hair dryer.


Watch the video to see it in action!

https://youtu.be/Emx1RvsNMmk


KEGON FALL

Kegon Falls is a stunning waterfall located in Nikko, Japan, and is considered one of the three most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. What makes Kegon Falls particularly unique is its location at the bottom of Lake Chuzenji, which was formed by a volcanic eruption around 20,000 years ago. The waterfall itself drops 97 meters into the gorge below, and visitors can view it from a variety of vantage points. The most popular viewing spot is the observation deck at the top of the waterfall, which offers a panoramic view of the waterfall and surrounding mountains.


Not far from Chuzenji Lake is a waterfall which is considered as one of the three most beautiful waterfalls in Japan.


It took us about 15 minutes to walk from the restaurant (清ちゃん). To enter, you need to buy a ticket and take an elevator down to the viewing area. The waterfall was stunning.


Watch this video to see it in action!

https://youtu.be/bIep6DZULec


CHUZENJI LAKE

Chuzenji Lake is a scenic lake located in Nikko, Japan, in the Tochigi Prefecture. It was formed about 20,000 years ago when the eruption of nearby Mt. Nantai caused a blockage in the valley, creating a natural dam. The lake, which is about 1,269 meters above sea level, is surrounded by lush forests and mountains, making it a popular destination for nature lovers. Chuzenji Lake is known for its stunning views, particularly in autumn when the surrounding hills and forests turn into a beautiful tapestry of red, orange, and yellow. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the lake's shore or take a boat ride.


This is probably the most common location to visit in Nikko. We went there as a group and took a swan paddle boat ride in the lake.


Being a group of slightly childish adults, we raced as a team to see who could go faster and pushed out legs’ strength to their limit. But more importantly, the photos look great.


NIKKO STRAWBERRY FARM

Nikko Strawberry Farm is a popular tourist attraction located in Nikko, Japan. As its name suggests, the farm is known for its delicious and fresh strawberries, which visitors can pick and enjoy themselves. The farm is typically open from late December to early June, with the peak strawberry season running from late January to mid-May. During this time, visitors can purchase a ticket to enter the farm and pick as many strawberries as they'd like. The strawberries are grown in greenhouses, ensuring that they are fresh and of the highest quality. In addition to strawberry picking, the farm also offers a variety of other activities and attractions. Visitors can enjoy a tractor ride around the farm, take photos with the farm's mascot, and even try their hand at making strawberry jam.


One unique feature of Nikko Strawberry Farm is its location in the beautiful Nikko countryside, surrounded by mountains and forests. The farm's location makes it a great destination for nature lovers and those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.


Nikko’s typically low in temperature all year round but the best time for strawberry picking would be early January to May.


The size and quality of their strawberries were still outstanding. It was a 30-minute all-you-can-eat package. Our group must have had about 30 strawberries each!

 
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