Nikko Toshogu Shrine Explore Serenity in the Resting Place of the Shogunate Founder
Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku Relax in One of the World's Best Open Air Hot Springs
Niigata Furumachi Geisha Meet Talented Geisha in a Private Performance
Sado Island Taiko Center Learn the Art of Taiko Drumming - A Full Body Experience!
Yajima Tub Boats Drift Aboard Tub Boats
Travel up Mt. Haruna (Mt. Akina from the famous anime series Initial D), ride the Mt Haruna Cable car for expansive bird's-eye scenery of the Kanto plains and Hamana Lake.
Board the Joetsu train line and cross the long tunnel into "snow country" setting of the namesake novel by Nobel Laureate Kawabata Yasunari
Hike the Suwakyo Gorge Trail and enjoy the brilliant colors of the seasons along mountain streams
Takaragawa Hot Springs - Named one of Japan's best hot springs by Lonely Planet (and locals too!), our visit here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Niigata Furumachi (Old Town) - Meet elegant geisha and join in on fun games with a private performance. Tour the Northern Culture Museum and experience traditional mochi making.
Sado Island - Ferry to the island; learn taiko drumming, enjoy immense natural beauty, rich folk culture, and delicious foods from the Sea of Japan
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Lake Chuzenji is the biggest volcanic lake in Nikko National Park. It was formed by the eruption of Mt. Nantai 20,000 years ago. Views could change along with weather and time, but the only thing that never changes is its beauty. On sunny days, she shows her perfectness to us, while on cloudy days, she becomes a lady who wears a veil.
Chuzenji is located at the lakeside of Lake Chuzenji. You can savor the panorama of Lake Chuzenji by standing here. Chuzenji Temple enshrines a special standing Kannon which is made of wood by Saint Shodo. He carved the statue directly on the wood, and that is the reason why we can see the bottom of the statue is still connected to the trunk.
This is a must-go spot when you visit Nikko! Nikko Toshogu Shrine is not only a world heritage, but also the top of all Toshogu Shrine in Japan. It is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, who founded Edo period. The building we see now was rebuilt by Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1636. What makes it famous is that it shows extremes of gorgeousness with delicate carvings and colorful painting. The carving that you should not miss is “Three Monkeys” which shows the essence of “hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil.”
The rock of Ryuzu no Waterfall is formed of dacite pumice flow. With water flows fiercely from Mt. Nantai, Ryuzu no Waterfall must attract your attention. Ryuzu means “dragon's head” in Japanese, which depicts the form of the waterfall.
At an altitude of 1400 meters above sea level, Senjogahara Plateau is said to be the battlefield of two mountain gods in myth. It becomes barren in Fall, which you can enjoy the other side of this plateau. The borderless scene must touch your heart!
Tomioka Silk Mill was put in World Heritage in 2014 because of the completeness of the whole factory. It is built in Meiji period as one of the proofs of modernization. Although 140 years pasts, the buildings and instruments still maintain in a good condition.
Mt. Haruna is one of “Three Mountains of Jomo” in prefecture. Haruna Fuji and Lake Haruna are two famous spots of Mt. Haruna. Haruna Fuji is a volcanic cone in the shape of a perfect cone. Once you take the drift to the top of Haruna Fuji, you can see Kanto Plain and Lake Haruna!
Located in Gunma prefecture, Shima Onsen is a quiet hot spring which is famous for its ability of healing 40 thousand illness. It can heal gastrointestinal disease, muscle ache, and smooth dry and rough skin. You can also savor the atmosphere of old street. Recently, Shima Onsen has been famous because its hot spring hotels are used as the model of the accommodation in the animation film Spirited Away.
Takaragawa Onsen is an open-air hot spring surrounded by nature which makes it has a chance to show up in Thermae Romae II. It remains the tradition of mixed-gender bathing. Beautiful maple in Fall and snow in Winter would definitely amaze you!
Suwakyo Gorge is a travel spot at Minakami Valley, where you can immerse in the nature by walking along Tone River. The aisle is long 3.5 kilometers that you can see different types of cliffs and rocks.
Takahan Ryokan, an 800-year-old ryokan, which Yasunari Kawabata had stayed at when he wrote Snow Country. The room he stayed at is called “Kasumi,” where the furniture is maintained as same as before. Moreover, standing here, you can see the whole hot spring street!
Echicoyuzawa station has an area called CoCoLo Yuzawa, selling Echicoyuzawa’s souvenir. “Gangi Dori” reproduces the old streets during Showa period. You not only can buy souvenir and branded rice “Koshihikari”, but also can sip five cups of Niigata Sake by only paying 500 yen!
At first, Iwamuro Onsen was discovered by a chief of village. It is said that the chief of village was informed of this hot spring by someone in his dream. After he arrived at the hot spring, there was a wild goose healing its wound with water of this hot spring. Thus, Iwamuro Onsen has another name called “Reigan hot spring,” which “gan” means wild goose in Japanese.
Sado Island, the largest island in Japan, is located at northern Chubu area. It is formed by two parallel mountain ranges and a plain, which belongs to Sado-Yahiko-Yoneyama Quasi-National Park.
Tokinomori Park is where you can see Japanese Crested Ibis in Sado Island. It is said that the number of Japanese Crested Ibis is only around 300 in the world. People in Sado try their best to protect these cute children of nature.
Nanaura Seaside is a ten kilometers long seaside crossing seven villages from Kabuse to Futami. It is a classic uplift coast where you can see corals that grow around the coast.
Located at Mt. Yahiko, Yahiko Shrine is said to be built 1300 years ago. It is dedicated to Amanokagoyamanomikoto, who taught people farming techniques and founded Egochi. This shrine is famous for praying for promotion and love.
Shukunegi has been a port city since middle century and has experienced the golden period of Sado Kinzan Gold Mine. Merchant ship gathered here for transaction from Edo period to Meiji early period. There are around 100 houses here which are built by shipboard.
Senkakuwan Ageshima Park is a tourist spot which is located at Ageshima narrow bay, the fifth most scenic spot at Senkakuwan Bay. Near the park we have a marine park, designated as one of Japan's 100 Scenic Foreshores. Let us jump into a glass-bottom boat to savor the beauty of underwater world.
Sado Kinzan Gold Mine is the largest gold mine in Japan. This mine has been active from Edo period to 1989. Total length of the tunnel is 400 kilometers. Because of carving, it seems to be broken into two pieces when you stand in front of the tunnel.
When it comes to Niigata, we would come up with rice because it is the only city which export rice during Edo period. The uprising of the Ito family thanked to lots amount of farmland in Niigata. However, after WWII, Ito’s property was levied due to the land reform policy. Thus, they decided to create a museum to preserve the whole history of rice farming industry.
Within all prefectures of Japan, Niigata won the bronze medal in the competition of the number of Hot springs. One of the most popular hot springs is Tsukioka Onsen, which was found by an oil company in 1917. Water rich is mineral substance won it the name of “Hot Spring of the Beauty,” which has functions of smoothing and tightening your skin!
Just 2.5 miles from Narita International Airport, the Hilton is the best in the area. Its proximity to Japan's largest international airport makes it the ideal resting point after a long flight. Available amenities include swimming pool, fitness center, and tennis court (fee required)
It's convenient location makes the Nikko Narita one of the top two hotels in the area. Its proximity to the airport means travelers with late arrivals can rest well and avoid a long commute into the city.
Sourced from nearby Oku Nikko mountains, the hot springs here replish over 58,000 gallons of fresh onsen water daily. The unique hot springs here are characterized by white mineral deposits which bloom in the water like flowers called "yubana." The yubana effect creates a distinct milky appearance in the onsen baths.
The atmosphere of this ryokan is warm and friendly. You may curl and with a book and cup of coffee in the spacious lobby, enjoy birdwatching through telescopes, or watch the faint lights dancing off the surface of Lake Chuzenji.
One of the oldest businesses in Japan, Shima Tamura was founded 450 years ago and is considered one of the best hot springs in the country. The name, Shima, originates from the word representing 40,000 - signifies the nickname for the natural hotsprings which were said to be able to cure 40,000 ailments. Our two night stay here lets you try each of its seven unique baths.
The ancient hot springs of Ohashi began flowing in 1713, making it one of the oldest local onsen. Super Value Tours includes special arrangements for our guests to enjoy the unique stone spa in the hotel. Created exclusively with natural water and ore, rejuvenate your body with a unique sauna experience.
Cradled in a vast pine forest, this ryokan features a combination of modern facilities and Japanese tradition. It is a favorite for celebrities and members of the royal family visiting Sado Island. Enjoy beautiful local gardens and luxurious hot springs including a magnificent open air bath with views of the pine garden.
Located on the coastline of Sado Island, enjoy an unrivaled view of the Sea of Japan and Aikawa Bay which is reddish during the setting sun. When you soak in the open-air hot springs during the day, you can see the vast expanse of the Japanese seascape. At night, the view transforms into a starry sky to let you relax.