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Ekikara Hiking English map included! Participation is free of charge! Hiking held from Tuesday, October 2 to Wednesday, October 31, 2012 (*Except for Tuesday, October 9, Monday, October 15, Monday, October 22, Monday, October 29, 2012) An Autumn Tour of the World Heritage Shrines and Temple of Nikko
1,200 years of history still lives and breathes in Nikko. This hiking course takes you on a tour of the World Heritage Shrines and Temple of Nikko amidst the autumn tints.

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, October 2 to Wednesday, October 31, 2012. (*Except for Tuesday, October 9, Monday, October 15, Monday, October 22, Monday, October 29, 2012)
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, October 2 to Wednesday, October 31, 2012
(*Except for Tuesday, October 9, Monday, October 15, Monday, October 22, Monday, October 29, 2012)
All participants will receive gifts!
Original Can Badge
Original Can Badge
&
Hiking Map
(English Translation)

[Information about Special Deals!]
The entrance fee at Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art, Nikko is reduced for people with the Original Can Badge!

Application Time 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Nearest Station JR Nikko/Tobu Nikko Station

Recommended trains to JR Nikko/Tobu Nikko Station

Reception Area Nikko Kyodo Center
*About a 20-minute walk from JR Nikko/Tobu Nikko Station
Walking Time Approx. 2 hours (excluding time looking round the sites)
Walking Distance Approx. 6.5 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 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.
  • Entrance fees are charged at Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art, Nikko, and at the shrines and temple (Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple and Nikko Futarasan Shrine).
    If you show your Original Can Badge at the reception desk, you get a discount on your entrance fee to Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art, Nikko. (*Closed on Tuesday, October 9, Monday, October 15, Monday, October 22, and Monday, October 29, 2012 during the event period)
[Entrance fee for Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art, Nikko]
  • Adults: 700 yen → 630 yen
  • University students: 500 yen → 450 yen
  • Schoolchildren → Free
[Entrance fee for the shrines and temple]
  • Adults: 1,000 yen
  • High school students: 600 yen
  • Schoolchildren: 400 yen

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Hiking Course

We have planned an Ekikara Hiking course that takes in the Shrines and Temple of Nikko in all their autumnal glory. Get a sense of Japanese history while enjoying the beauty of the autumn leaves.
JR Nikko/Tobu Nikko Station, Walk, START
JR Nikko/Tobu Nikko Station

This wooden station building was opened in 1890. The building was constructed using "Oyaishi", giant slabs of stone originated in Utsunomiya city. This architecture is famous for its lingering romantic atmosphere of the Meiji era.

Nikko Kyodo Center, Walk

Please go to the Ekikara Hiking reception counter at "Nikko Kyodo Center".
*About a 20-minute walk from JR Nikko/Tobu Nikko Station
Open: 9:30 – 11:00

Recommended, Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple, Walk
Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple

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. The principal images now open to public in the Sanbutsudo Hall are from the early part of the Edo period. 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.

Recommended, Nikko Futarasan Shrine, Walk
Nikko Futarasan Shrine, (C) Futarasan Shrine

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.

Recommended, Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Walk
Nikko Toshogu Shrine, (C) Nikko Tourist Association

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.

Kaizan-do Sacred Hall, Walk
Kaizan-do Sacred Hall

The Kaizan-do Sacred Hall is a vermilion lacquered hall that was built to enshrine Priest Shodo, the founder of the temples of Nikko. A wooden principal image of Jizo Bosatsu and a seated image of Priest Shodo are housed in the hall. It is said that these images were made in the Muromachi period. Also, wooden images of ten pupils of Priest Shodo have been placed on the right and left sides of the principal image. The steep cliff behind the Kaizan-do Sacred Hall is known as "Hotoke-iwa" (Buddha crag) and there are six stone images of Gods of Buddhism in the hollow behind the hall.

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 City, whose art takes ’affection to nature’ as its central theme, and to explore various cultural phenomena in contemporary Nikko, the environment which nurtured this artist.

* Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art, Nikko will be closed on Tuesday, October 9, Monday, October 15, Monday, October 22, and Monday, October 29, 2012 during the event period.

[Announcement]

The entrance fee will be discounted if you show the Can Badge at the reception desk.

  • Adults: 700 yen → 630 yen
  • University students: 500 yen → 450 yen
  • Schoolchildren→ Free
GOAL! Nikko Kyodo Center, Walk, JR Nikko/Tobu Nikko Station

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Recommended Trains

From Tokyo Station
Tokyo   Tohoku Shinkansen,  Yamabiko No.127 Tohoku Shinkansen,  Yamabiko No.53
dep. 8:08 8:40
Utsunomiya arr. 8:58 9:29
  JR Nikko Line JR Nikko Line
dep. 9:12 9:57
JR Nikko arr. 9:54 10:42
From Shinjyuku/Ikebukuro/Omiya
  Limited Express Nikko No.1
(A reservation is needed for all seats on the train)
Shinjuku dep. 7:30
Ikebukuro dep. 7:37
Omiya dep. 8:02
Tobu Nikko arr. 9:29
Note: JR Nikko Station is less than a 3-minute walk from Tobu Nikko Station

Tohoku Shinkansen timetables

Recommended passes and tickets for getting to Nikko
If you are in the East Japan area we recommend the JR East Pass which offers unlimited rides with no extra charges! For 8,000 yen, the "Free Pass" allows you to take a reserved seat in a normal car of the Shinkansen and limited express trains for three days as many times as you like. If you are coming to Nikko from the Tokyo metropolitan area, the Nikko-Kinugawa Excursion Ticket, which includes taxi coupons, is a real bargain!
JR EAST PASS JR Kanto Area Pass Nikko-Kinugawa Excursion Ticket