Registration for the hiking event closed at 17:00 on Friday, August 2, 2013.

Ekikara Hiking English map included! Participation is free of charge! OK, let's go!
Make new discoveries about little-known aspects of Nikko's history Hiking held on Saturday, August 3, 2013
Local high school students will explain little-known aspects of Nikko's history and culture while showing you natural beauty that has remained unchanged from ages past.

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!

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Overview of the Hiking

Please come to the reception counter on the day of the hike, where you will be given your Ekikara Hiking map (in English).
Advance reservations can be made over the Internet but participants are also welcome to just turn up on the day.
Date Saturday, August 3, 2013 All participants will receive gifts!
Original Can Badge
Original Can Badge
Hiking Map
(English Translation)
Application Time

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Nearest Station JR Nikko Station

Recommended trains to JR Nikko Station

Reception Area

JR Nikko Station

Walking Time Approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes (excluding time looking round the sites)
Walking Distance Approx. 11 km
Tour Fee Free of Charge
Lunch Feel free to bring your own lunch.

You can walk around there freely with a map.

(Note: High school students will serve as guides on part of the course.)

Points to Note:
  • Some places charge an entrance fee. You will be required to pay these entrance fees if you wish to go in.
    (Nikko Botanical Garden / Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park)
  • You will be walking for about 2 hours and 30 minutes so please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • The hike will be held even if it rains. Please bring rainwear in the event of bad weather.
  • Please take your trash home for disposal. Your cooperation is very much appreciated.

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Hiking Course

This time the Ekikara hiking has been planned by all of the students at the local Nikko Meiho High School who can show you the hidden spots of Nikko that they know about because they are local high school students.
JR Nikko Station, START!, Walk
JR 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.

Inari Shrine, Walk
Kokuzouson (Tochigi Prefecture Cultural Heritage Site), Walk, Tarousugi (Cedar of Tarou), Walk
Kanmangafuchi Abyss, Walk
Kanmangafuchi Abyss

A scenic spot where the river is very rough. You can enjoy the beauty of the valley here.

Narabi-jizou (Jizous in a line), Walk, Dainichi Bridge (Dainichi Bashi), Walk Recommended
Narabi-jizou (Jizous in a line)

Contributed by about 100 disciples of Jigan Daishi Tenkai, the approximately 70 Jizo statues are situated in a line. It is said that since these Jizo statues look so much alike, no matter how many times you count them you will not get a consistent total. This being the case, these statues are also known as Bake Jizo (Ghost Jizo).

Nikko Meiho High School, Walk
Nikko Meiho High School

Nikko Meiho is a new high school created by combining two high schools in 2005. Winter sports such as ice hockey and speed skating, etc. are very popular at the school. Barley tea will be served. There will also be an exhibition of Nikko-bori lacquer ware and other works by Nikko Meiho High School students.

Nikko Botanical Garden, Walk, Hanaishi Shrine, Walk

Nikko Botanical Garden is a practical education facility established by the University of Tokyo for the purpose of botanical research and education. Nikko is blessed with many alpine plants and marsh plants, and more than 1,500 species of grasses and trees grow wild in Nikko. The garden covers an area of 104,490 square meters, and approximately 2,200 species of plants are cultivated in that area, including the species that are growing wild.

[Notice] People participating in Ekikara Hiking can receive a discount on the admission fee. Please refer to the hiking map for details.
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, Walk
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park

This is the largest of the imperial villas that were constructed in the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Measured in floor space, it is one of the largest wooden buildings in Japan.

[Notice] People participating in Ekikara Hiking can receive a discount on the admission fee. Please refer to the hiking map for details.
Shinkyo (Sacred Bridge), Walk

This 28-meter vermilion-lacquered bridge spans the Daiyagawa River. A legend tells the story of the Priest Shodo who opened Mt. Nikkousan. The priest could not get across the raging rapids, so he called for divine protection, and two snakes appeared on each bank, tying together over the river making a bridge for the priest to cross.

Stroll Around Shopping Street, Walk, GOAL!, JR Nikko Station

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 Recommended Trains

From Tokyo Station
Tokyo   Tohoku Shinkansen
Yamabiko No.127
Tohoku Shinkansen
Yamabiko No.129
dep. 8:08 9:00
Utsunomiya arr. 9:01 9:50
  JR Nikko Line JR Nikko Line
dep. 9:12 9:57
JR Nikko arr. 9:54 10:42
From Shinjuku/Ikebukuro/Urawa/Omiya
  Limited Express Nikko No.1
Shinjuku dep. 7:30
Ikebukuro dep. 7:36
Urawa dep. 7:54
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

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Recommended Passes

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


  • JR EAST PASSES can be purchased and exchanged at Narita and Haneda Airports.


Travel from Tokyo to Nikko by Shinkansen! JR East offers discounted passes for unlimited rides.

JR Kanto Area Pass

  • Good for unlimited travel for three days with reserved seats on Shinkansen, limited express and other regular trains for 8,000 yen.
  • Since this pass is also valid for travel from Narita and Haneda Airports, this is a great way to travel.

JR Kanto Area Pass