The Kegon Falls are among Japan’s highest waterfalls and are located next to lake Chuzenji. You can either observe the waterfalls from an observatory near the top or pay to take an elevator down to admire the falls from a lower point of view.
You can easily access sites along the shore of Chuzenji lake, like these falls, by bus. These waterfalls are worth visiting if the weather is nice and offer fresh breeze on a hot summer day! They are reached by an easy hike from the main road circling the lake.
This Futarasan Shrine is located close to the Chuzenji Lake and has a happiness trail with a lot of written advices (in Japanese) to live a more harmonious life (I was lucky to have a translator with me)! It is also the entrance to a mountain climbing area (Nantai mountain).
This short clip first shows some scenes of the trip from Tokyo to Niko on the Tobu Nikko line. It then explores the surroundings of the Nikko Tobu station and moves on to the most popular historical monuments of Nikko, the Nikko Tosho-gu temple, the Futarasan shrine and the Taiyu-in mausoleum. After a hot day, nothing is better than a Kakigori, those iced-shaving Japanese desserts!
The Kitano shrine is a lovely and peaceful shrine located just north of Nikko’s most popular shrines. This shrine is visited by people who wish for a successful pregnancy. Couples expecting come to the shrine and borrow a Kyousha (usually a part of the Shougi game). After the birth of the baby, they bring back the Kyousha with a new one with the baby’s name, therefore more and more Kyousha accumulate on the shelves of the shrine. The reason behind this is that in the Shougi game the Kyousha can only go forward and therefore symbolizes a safe and easy delivery!
The Takino Shrine is one of those small Japanese shrines where one can truly find inner peace. Located north of Nikko’s most popular and busy historical site, it is within an easy walk from the more crowded Futarasan shrine. It is also located very close from a lovely waterfall.
Taiyu-in is the mausoleum of Japan’s third Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu.