Nikko and Self-guided Walking in Yumoto Onsen
DAY 1 ➤ Sightseeing in Nikko Travel by train to Nikko. It was here that in 1617 the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu had himself enshrined. These extravagantly ornate buildings are now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites - there is ample time to visit all of the main shrine structures today. A convenient network of buses enables access to many of the town’s wonderful sites, including the 3 great falls of Nikko. After sightseeing here, relax at a wonderful inn situated along the nearby river valley. Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot-spring Travellers Inn)
DAY 2 ➤ Hike from Ryuzu Falls to Yumoto Onsen This morning, take a bus further into the mountains to Oku Nikko. The forests and mountains here have been sacred to the Japanese for 1,200 years, and your first hike in the area is a gentle introduction to the region following the Yukawa River towards the Onsen village of Nikko Yumoto where you will spend the evening. The hike also takes in two spectacular waterfalls - Ryuzu and Yudaki Falls. Walking distance: 8.4km / 5.2 miles Elevation gain: 295m / 970 feet of ascent and 90m / 295 feet of descent Time required: 3-4 hours Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot-spring Travellers Inn)
DAY 3 ➤ Hiking in the Oku Nikko plains Heading north-east from Yumoto Onsen, today’s hike offers exceptional scenery along the Oku Nikko plains, skirting both Mount Mitsudake and Mount Orogura. The trail loops around to the south before returning to Yumoto Onsen for a second night. Sightings of both monkey and deer are common on this wonderfully rural trail. Walking distance: 14.8km / 9.2 miles Elevation gain: 560m / 1,840 feet of ascent and 570m / 1,870 feet of descent Time required: 6-7 hours Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot-spring Travellers Inn)
DAY 4 ➤ Return to Nikko and Tokyo This morning, return by bus to central Nikko and then continue onwards to Tokyo by train. You can spend time exploring Nikko town if you wish, or you may prefer to connect straight onwards to Tokyo before lunch.