Famous for Japan’s most elaborate and lavish shrine, Toshogu, the pretty town of Nikko is located at the entrance to the Nikko National Park. The area is full of beautiful mountain scenery with peaceful lakes, tumbling falls, hot springs and wild monkeys. The hiking is superb but the park’s main attraction is the stunning Toshogu Shrine, marked by a five-storey pagoda and the ornate Yomeimon Gate.
The UNESCO-listed Toshogu enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Shogunate that ruled Japan during the Edo period from 1603 to 1867. Surrounded by beautiful forest scenery, the extensive complex is decorated with gold leaf and intricate wooden carvings. Visitors can also pay their respects at Ieyasu’s tomb, which in contrast to the shrine is both simple and unadorned.
Hoshino KAI Nikko
Enjoying a tranquil location overlooking the beautiful Lake Chuzenji, KAI Nikko offers stylish boutique ryokan accommodation with tastefully-furnished rooms, exquisite Japanese cuisine and both indoor and outdoor hot spring baths.
Nikko, Northern Honshu, Japan
A luxurious base from which to explore the temple, shrines, waterfalls and enchanting beauty of the Nikko National Park, the Ritz-Carlton fuses Japanese elegance with Western chic, creating a stylish hotel infused with peace and harmony.