The Nikko-Nasu Area - Shrines, Hot Springs, and More at These Travel Destinations in Tochigi, Japan
Nikko-Nasu, Tochigi: Video Introduction
This video, titled "[Summer] Tochigi Japan in 8K - Nikko, Nasu / Tochigi" ([Summer]Tochigi Japan in 8K - 日光・那須／栃木), was uploaded by "Genuine Encounters Tochigi" (本物の出会い栃木). It's a promotional video that introduces Nikko and Nasu in Tochigi Prefecture in Japan's Kanto region.
Please take a look at the beautiful footage of Nikko and Nasu, which is filled with the charms of the area.
The Nikko-Nasu Area
The Nikko-Nasu area is located in the northern part of Tochigi Prefecture and is a tourist destination blessed with abundant natural beauty, including plateaus and mountains. There are many wonderful sightseeing spots in Japan, and Nikko and Nasu are among the most attractive tourist destinations in Japan. There are hot springs all over the area as well, so staying at a hot spring hotel is highly recommended.
Families with children can also enjoy the area's theme parks and places for interacting with animals.
Kinugawa Onsen, Kegon Falls, and Other Popular Sightseeing Spots in Nikko, Tochigi
Photo：Akechidaira Ropeway, Nikko, Tochigi
The video begins by showing a magnificent verdant green landscape. This is Nikko's Akechidaira Observatory. This is followed by the beautiful Kegon Falls. Nikko has many waterfalls, among which Kegon Falls is the most famous. In the video, you can see an aerial view of Kegon Falls and Ryuokyo Gorge.
The road with a series of sharp curves is called 'Irohazaka.' The road itself has a total of 48 curves, making it quite scenic when viewed from above.
[Video] 0:10 - Kegon Falls
[Video] 0:14 - Irohazaka
[Video] 1:28 - Ryuokyo Gorge
Kinugawa Onsen is the most famous hot spring in Nikko. It is a clear, colorless, tasteless, odorless, alkaline simple hot spring that is gentle on the skin and safe for everyone from children to the elderly. At Kinuko no Yu, you can also enjoy a footbath.
[Video] 0:35 - Kinugawa Onsen/Kinuko no Yu
Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a Historical Tourist Attraction in Tochigi, Japan
Photo：Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a World Heritage Site in Tochigi Prefecture
Nikko Toshogu Shrine is a World Heritage Site home to numerous National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. Built in 1617, the shrine is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The five-story pagoda, unusual to find at a shrine, is decorated on all four sides with animals of the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac. The "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkey sculpture is also famous.
Among other things, the representative power spot, Yomeimon Gate, also called "Nipporimon," is a must-see for its intricate carvings, which one could look at all day long and not get tired of it.
[Video] 1:17 - Nikko Toshogu Shrine
Nasu Highland, the Killing Stone, Nasu Highland Park, and Other Sightseeing Spots in Nasu, Tochigi
Photo：A farm and blue skies in the Nasu Highlands
In the video, tourist spots in Nasu are shown one after another, including Nasu Highland, the Killing Stone, and Shika no Yu, the oldest hot spring in Tochigi.
In addition, there are many family-friendly spots in Nasu, such as Nasu Highland Park, a leisure land surrounded by nature, Nasu Animal Kingdom, where you can enjoy interacting with animals, and Nasu World Monkey Park.
Nasu Highland is also beautiful. At Nasu Heisei no Mori Forest, viewing the beautiful autumn leaves makes for a relaxing stroll. Going down to the foot of the mountain, you can also visit Sessho-seki (the Killing Stone) and Nasu Onsen Shrine.
Yuba, Nasu Wagyu, and Other Local Delicacies
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is tasting the local cuisine. We recommend trying Jingo-yaki from Nasu, yuba and soba noodles from Nikko, and Nasu Wagyu beef steaks grilled over a powerful flame! Check them out in the video.
[Video] 1:00 - Jingo-yaki (Miyajima Tsuribori-en (みやじま釣堀園))
[Video] 2:13 - Nasu Wagyu Beef (Teppan Steak Kiku (鉄板ステーキ きく))
[Video] 3:39 - Yuba Cuisine (Nikko Yubamaki Zen (日光湯波巻き 全))
Lake Chuzenji and Mt. Chausu – Two Places with Enchantingly Beautiful Scenery
Photo：Autumn leaves at Lake Chuzenji, Nikko National Park, Tochigi
The video moves from Nasu Highland and the mysterious skyline of Senjogahara to Lake Chuzenji. Located at the entrance to Oku-Nikko, Lake Chuzenji is a lake located inside Nikko National Park.
Riding the Nasu Ropeway, the majestic scenery of Nasu unfolds below you, and since the ropeway takes you up to the 8th station, Mt. Chausu is a great place for families to enjoy hiking.
Mashiko Ware – A Unique Pottery With a Rustic Feel
Mashiko Ware has been produced in Tochigi Prefecture since the Edo period (1603-1867). It's characterized by its rustic appearance and has many fans. The video shows a craftsman spinning a potter's wheel.
Dokutsu Sake Brewery, Kita Onsen Ryokan, Nasu Shrine... Nikko & Nasu, 2 Historical Towns
Dokutsu Sake Brewery (Shimazaki Sake Brewery) uses a former wartime factory as a sake brewery. The inside of Dokutsu is kept out of the light and the temperature is as low as 10 degrees Celsius, making it suitable for storing local sake and wine.
In the Nikko and Nasu areas, there are many other places of historical interest, such as Kita Onsen Ryokan, where you can bathe with tengu masks, Nasu Shrine, Oya History Museum, and Ashio Copper Mine. Tochigi is also known as a town of historical storehouses.
Nikko and Nasu Promotional Video Summary
While it's easy to visit on a day trip after a drive, we recommend staying overnight in the Nikko and Nasu areas, which offer plenty to see and do.
In Kinugawa Onsen, there are many tasteful inns such as Kaniyu (加仁湯), Sanraku (山楽), Nanaeyae (七重八重), and Wakatake no Sho (若竹の庄). For the best deals, you can also look for hotels where with coupons. There is a rusk shop in Nasu that has good reviews, so consider stopping by if you're looking for souvenirs.
In addition to standard tourist attractions such as Kegon Falls, Momijidani Suspension Bridge, and Senjogahara, British Embassy Villa Memorial Park and Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park are great for photography! Be sure to visit them.
Nikko and Nasu are home to magnificent and beautiful natural landscapes that seem to go on forever. We hope that people around the world will discover the charm of the Nikko and Nasu areas.