A two-day itinerary to experience Japanese traditional food, UNESCO World Heritage shrines, sake, ryokan accommodation, green tea (Matcha), and more.
Katayama Sake Brewery is a rustic brewery at the foot of the Nikko mountains. Founded in 1842, this seventh generation brewery is focused on producing mostly Junmai-shu, pure rice sake with no distilled alcohol.
Contact the brewery to book a tour.
Gyoshintei is a restaurant that specializes in Shojin (vegetarian) cuisine in Nikko.
The chefs cook using the traditional and authentic Shojin cooking method called “Shijo Shinryu,” with a history of 1,200 years. All dishes (including the soup stock) are prepared with seasonal vegetables. Be sure to try the local speciality, Nikko Yuba (tofu skin).
Step back into history at Edo Wonderland (also known as Nikko Edomura). This is a Japanese cultural amusement park, featuring themes from the Edo period, with costumed staff, live shows, and workshops.
It’s located in the Kinugawa Onsen area of Nikkō. The park’s design is based on the Edo period’s golden era known as Genroku.
Travel to Nikko Kinugawa Onsen and stay at Kinugawa Park Hotels, a Japanese Ryokan with a nice onsen where you can relax.
For dinner, we recommend booking a special Sake Kaiseki Dinner, which Kinugawa Park Hotels created exclusively for Sake Voyage customers.
You can even request that the sake brewery staff come and talk about their brewery and the different sakes you try during your dinner (50,000 yen/group).
Nikko is most famous for the shrines and temples of Nikko and the area was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.
See below for a map to the two shrines and temple.
Futarasan Shrine : Google Map
Nikkō Tōshō-gū Shrine: Google Map
Rinnoji Temple: Google Map
UNESCO World Heritage Page: Shrines and Temples of Nikko
Visit the Kanmangafuchi Abyss, located near the Daiya River, a short walk from Nikko Toshogu shrines. Kanmangafuchi Abyss is a small gorge created by an eruption from Mt. Nantai about 7,000 years ago.
There is a riverside path where you can see small statues (jizo), said to protect women, children, and travelers. There are around 70 of these jizo, but legend holds that the number changes each time you try to count them!
Popular photo spot!
After a day of walking around Nikko, it’s time to let the effects of green tea help you wind down and relax.
Walk over to Tamozawa Imperial Villa and enjoy green tea (or coffee) at their stylish tea room/cafe.
The tea room/cafe is open from March to November.
The 'Daijyu' Steam Train is a popular transportation method from Imaichi to Nikko Kinugawa Onsen and Imaichi to Tobu Nikko.
Tobu World Square is an outdoor attraction with 1:25 scale models of famous buildings, including UNESCO World Heritage sites and its 140,000 residents.
This lovely soba restaurant in an old historical Japanese farmhouse makes you feel as if you stepped back in time.
Visit a family-fun brewery in Mashiko and learn about the famous pottery culture.
Visit a 7th-generation sake brewery and follow the water source to the beautiful Chuzenji-lake.