"The Temples of Nikko" Top 5 Page for this destination Nikko by Ewingjr98

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Nikko is located in Tochigi Prefecture, about 140 km north of Tokyo. Nikko has just 90,000 residents, but Nikko National Park draws millions of visitors per year. The main attractions are the Shrines and Temples of Nikko, including Futarasan Jinja, Rinnō-ji,and Nikkō Tōshō-gū, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other draws include the glorious nature of the area including the mountains, rivers, waterfalls, onsen, lakes and even some wild animals.

Nikko is served by two train lines that terminate in the town not far from the temples: Tobu Railway and JR East. There are plenty of lodging options in Nikko, from 4-star Western style hotels to local Japanese ryoken, where you will sleep on a tatami mat on the floor. Most restaurants close early, so dinner may be tough to find if you spend the night here.

  • Last visit to Nikko: Dec 2012
  • Intro Updated Jul 26, 2013
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Excellent page, and very useful for our forthcoming visit to Nikko. I was especially interested in your review of the Turtle Hotori An annexe, as we are booked for a two night stay there.

    • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
      Sep 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      There are a few restaurants open in the evening in the immediate vicinity of the Turtle Annex, and one of them is the main Turtle hotel's restaurant. The front desk clerk pointed out one other nearby restaurant that we didn't get a chance to try. We also noticed a few nicer hotel restaurants just across the main street from the temples that were open late. But your options are limited.

      We ended up walking about 20 minutes toward the train stations to find a good cheap dinner. Gurunavi can help you better determine your options:

      http://www.gnavi.co.jp/en/s/

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Sep 29, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      Thank you - I'll check that out :-)

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