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Ekikara Hiking English map included! Participation is free of charge! Hiking held from Tuesday, April 25 to Monday, September 25, 2017 Encounters with unbroken history and nature World Heritage Nikko
This hiking course takes you on a tour of the World Heritage Shrines and Temples of Nikko, where you can feel the long history of more than 1,250 years since the founding of Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple.

Information for First Time Participants

Ekikara Hiking (Hiking from the Station) events are one-day events starting from stations throughout the eastern Japan area that anyone can participate in easily. They consist of hiking while experiencing the historical buildings and abundant nature of the areas around the stations. Participation is free of charge. Participation in the Ekikara Hiking event is very simple! All you need to do is apply through this website and then go to the reception counter at the hiking spot on the day of the event!
Organization of the Event
Application through this website The Day of the Event (Reception counter at the hiking spot) Collect your map at the reception counter Setting off on your hike!
It is also possible to join the hike on the day of the event but a prior application is more convenient!   English-speaking staff is available to help you!   English maps are also available.
A wonderful free gift is included!
Customers who make a reservation through the Internet will receive another wonderful free gift as well!
  There are no time limits, etc.
Please enjoy the hiking in your own way!

Overview of the Hiking

Hiking from Nikko Station is a limited-period hike, available on any day of your choosing from Tuesday, April 25 to Monday, September 25, 2017. There is no participation fee, and it would make a wonderful memory of your trip to Japan. You can just turn up on the day if you like.

Date Tuesday, April 25 to Monday, September 25, 2017 All participants will receive gifts!
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Hiking Map
(English Translation)
Application Time 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Nearest Station JR Nikko Station

Recommended trains to JR Nikko Station

Reception Area JR Nikko Station Tourist Information Center
Walking Time Approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes (excluding time looking round the sites)
Walking Distance Approx. 8 km
Tour Fee Free of charge
Lunch Feel free to bring your own lunch.
Guide This is not a guided tour. You can walk around there freely with a map.
Points to Note:
  • You will be walking for about 2 hours and 30 minutes so please wear sturdy clothes and shoes, etc. on the hike.
  • The event will still take place even if it is raining on the day. In the event of rain please bring your rain gear with you.
  • Please take all of your trash home with you. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Please be advised that entrance fees are charged for the following facilities:
    "Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art, Nikko", "Nikko Futarasan Shrine", "Nikko Toshogu Shrine", "Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple" and "Shinkyo Bridge".
  • Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art, Nikko is closed on Mondays.

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Hiking Course

We have planned a course that takes in the World Heritage Shrines and Temple of Nikko and that is rich in the fresh green of the season. Get a sense of Japanese history while enjoying the beauty of Nikko's spring foliage.
JR Nikko Station, Walk
JR Nikko Station
This wooden station building was opened in 1890. The building was constructed using "Oyaishi", giant slabs of stone that originated in the city of Utsunomiya. It is famous for evoking the romantic atmosphere of the Meiji era.
JR Nikko Station Tourist Information Center, Walk
Kirifuri Ohashi, Walk
This bridge is a good place for viewing the beautiful mountain range of Nikko so you can enjoy superb vistas of Mt. Nantai and Mt. Nyoho.
Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art, Nikko, Walk
Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art, Nikko
This museum aims to introduce the works of Hoan Kosugi, an honorary citizen of Nikko, whose art takes "the love of nature" as its central theme, and to explore various cultural phenomena in contemporary Nikko, the environment which nurtured this artist.

* Entrance fees are charged. Please pay the entrance fee at the time of entry.

* Closed Mondays.

Hongu Shrine, Walk
The god of Mt. Futara moved from Hongu Shrine to a location some distance away where a Shinto shrine was built. The child god of Mt. Taro then came to be worshipped at Hongu Shrine. The current shrine (which was newly built at that time), the former Hongu Shrine, and the Takinoo Shrine are known collectively as the Three Shrines of Nikko.
Kaizando, Walk
The Kaizando (Founder's Hall) stands quietly in the dense grove of sugi (Japanese cedar). Here there is a cliff formed of lava from Mt. Nyoho, and there was a crag resembling a Buddhist sculpture so the name for the local area is Hotokeiwa (Buddha Crag).
Takinoo Shrine, Walk
Takinoo Shrine
Here you will find a number of hidden power spots, such as the Undameshi no Torii (Test of Luck Torii Gate), which is said to bring good luck if you throw three stones and manage to get even one through the small hole in the torii; the Kodane Ishi (Offspring Stone), which is said to bring children and easy childbirth; and the Enmusubi no Sasa (Bamboo Leaves of Marriage), which are said to bring a marriage partner if you make a wish to the bamboo leaves.

* Please do not touch the Enmusubi no Sasa (Bamboo Leaves of Marriage).

Nikko Futarasan Shrine, Walk
Feeling the divine spirit in Mt. Futara, the Priest Shodo built the Shihonryuji Temple on the north bank of the Daiyagawa river, and the building of Hongu Shrine was the beginning of the Futarasan Shrine. Chugushi was built on the north bank of Lake Chuzenji, half way up Mt. Futara, and those have comprised the shrine as it is today.
Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Walk
In the next year of the death of Ieyasu Tokugawa (1617), the founder and first Shogun of the Edo Shogunate, the building of the Shinto shrine was constructed, and the Tosho-daigongen, a Shinto deity status was conferred to the shrine from the Imperial Court. Nikko is located almost directly due north of the capital at that time of Japan, Edo, and was seen as an unmoving "North Star" that would protect permanent peace and security of the Tokugawa Shogunate and Japan.
The "Small Shrine" that Great Shogun Ieyasu desired was soon transformed into this splendid symbol of peace that we see today by the 3rd Shogun Iemitsu Tokugawa, as a mark of his respect and affection for Ieyasu Tokugawa.
Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple, Walk
Based on the ancient culture of mountain worship, the three mountains of Nikko (Mt. Nantai, Mt. Nyoho, Mt. Taro) were seen as spirits of Shinto deities, and three Buddhist images equivalent to the deities were dedicated here. Those three Buddhist images are Thousand Armed Avalokiteshwara (Mt. Nantai), Amitabha (Mt. Nyoho) and Hayagriiva (Mt. Taro) respectively. Sanbutsudo Hall is under repair at the moment, but the principal images are open to the public. It is said that the finest techniques of the era were used, and that those wooden seated Buddhist statues are some of the best in Japan.
Shinkyo, Walk
This structure is part of Futarasan Shrine, which venerates Mt. Futara (also called Mt. Nantai) as a deity. Shinkyo (Sacred Bridge) is a beautiful vermilion-lacquered wooden bridge located at the entrance to the Nikko shrine and temple environs.
GOAL! JR Nikko Station

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Recommended Trains

From Tokyo Station
  Tohoku Shinkansen, Yamabiko No.127 Tohoku Shinkansen, Yamabiko No.129 Tohoku Shinkansen, Yamabiko No.45
Tokyo station dep. 8:08 8:56 9:40
Utsunomiya station arr. 9:01 9:45 10:30
  JR Nikko Line
dep. 9:32 10:38 10:38
JR Nikko Station arr. 10:21 11:27 11:27

Tohoku Shinkansen timetables

Nikko limited express timetable

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Recommended Passes and Tickets

Take the train from Tokyo to Nikko Station! JR TOKYO Wide Pass

JR TOKYO Wide Pass

  • Good for unlimited travel for three days with reserved seats on limited express and other regular trains for 10,000 yen.
  • Since this pass is also valid for travel from Narita and Haneda Airports, this is a great way to travel.

JR TOKYO Wide Pass

For unlimited travel on JR East Shinkansen and limited express trains, make sure you have your JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area).

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

  • JR EAST PASSES (Tohoku area) can be purchased and exchanged at Narita and Haneda Airports.

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

For unlimited travel on JR East Shinkansen and limited express trains, make sure you have your JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area).

JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area)

  • JR EAST PASSES (Nagano, Niigata area) can be purchased and exchanged at Narita and Haneda Airports.

JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area)

Valid for use on the Shinkansen between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto!
JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass

JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass

  • Domestic prices: adults - 27,000 yen, children - 13,500 yen
    Overseas prices: adults - 26,000 yen, children - 13,000 yen
    Unlimited rides on normal designated seats, including Shinkansens and limited express trains in the valid area.
  • Use valid for any six days during the 14-day period starting on the date of issuance.

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