- Watashi wa ni arimashita: 2 nights and one day at the end of October 2008.
- Recommended number of days: 2.
- My score: 4/5.
Although remote, Nikko is probably the best day trip that can be done from Tokyo, since it combines elements of nature with beautiful temples. If it wasn’t for this, two other trips would win:
- The spectacular landscape of Mount Fuji is suberb.
- Its temples are not better or worse than those in Kamakura, but this last city is closer.
When I arrived, on my return from Hokkaido, I had plenty of time. I calculated that two days would be enough, one for hiking and another for cultural tourism. I was unlucky to find myself in a big and unexpected (taking into account how late it was in autumn) traffic jam on my route from the village to the mountains, so I lost the first afternoon. As I had already booked accommodation in Tokyo for the next day, I walked through the mountains in the morning and saw the temples in the afternoon. I came from hiking in Kamikochi and Hokkaido, and had visited more temples than I remembered in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Shikoku, so the experience was positive, I was satisfied. But if it is not your case, I would recommend that you wake up very early if you are going to go and return the same day from Tokyo or better, spend two days, because Nikko is a beautiful and quiet place, a place where our mind can relax and enjoy so much beauty surrounding, whose calm is only altered precisely by the hordes of coaches of tourists and students on day trips that arrive mid-morning and leave mid-afternoon. Choose not to be one of them, but one of those who evade, delight and recreate in Nikko.
WHAT TO SEE
- HIKING IN THE MOUNTAINS
- THE TEMPLES
- WHEN TO GO
- ACCOMMODATION AND RESTAURANTS