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Ekikara Hiking English map included! Participation is free of charge! Hiking held from Sunday, October 1 to Thursday, November 30, 2017 Enjoy an autumn stroll along Kanman trail among the World Heritage shrines and temple of Nikko
The hiking course takes you along the Kanman path, the seasonally vibrant forested recess of Nikko known as "Ura-Nikko," and around the World Heritage shrines and temple of Nikko.

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. On the day of the event, you can participate after signing up at the reception counter at the hiking spot!
Organization of the Event
The Day of the Event (Reception counter at the hiking spot) Collect your map at the reception counter Setting off on your hike!
English-speaking staff is available to help you!   English maps are also available.
A wonderful free gift is included!
  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 your preferred day from Sunday, October 1 to Thursday, November 30, 2017. There is no participation fee, and it would make a wonderful memory of your trip to Japan.

Date Sunday, October 1 to Thursday, November 30, 2017 All participants will receive gifts!
Original Can Badge
Original Can Badge
Hiking Map
(English Translation)
*The Can Badge may differ from the image shown here.
Application Time 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Nearest Station JR Nikko/Tobu Nikko Station

Recommended trains to JR Nikko/Tobu 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:
    → "Nikko Botanical Garden", "Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park", "Nikko Toshogu Shrine", "Nikko Futarasan Jinja", "Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple" and "Shinkyo"
  • Some facilities are closed on certain days so please check in advance.
  • There are some slippery areas close to the river, so please watch your footing.
Special offers for Hiking from Nikko Station participants only [Special Offer 1] Original fan[Special Offer 2] Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park discount

Original fan

*The fan may differ from the image shown here.

High school students and adults:
510 yen → 410 yen
Elementary and junior high school students:
250 yen → 200 yen

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Hiking Course

For this hiking event, the course takes you along Kanman path tinged with autumn colors, and around the World Heritage shrines and temple of Nikko. Feast on the vibrant hues of Nikko in autumn as you soak up the historical ambiance. (Nikko Botanical Garden is closed on Mondays.)
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 originated in Utsunomiya city. This architecture is famous for its lingering romantic atmosphere of the Meiji era.
START! JR Nikko Station Tourist Information Center, Walk
Narabi Jizo, Walk
Narabi Jizo
Along your journey, you will encounter a line of jizo statues, which are said to change in number on the outward and homeward legs of the hike – hence, their nickname, "bake-jizo" or "ghost jizo." Set against the splendor of the World Heritage site, you can find another side of Nikko, one with a subtle, delicate beauty.
Kanmangafuchi Abyss, Walk
Kanmangafuchi Abyss
This captivating area was formed by lava that flowed from an eruption at Mount Nantaisan. The name "Kanman" comes from the last verse in the mantra of Fudo Myo-O, the God of Fire.
The Sanskrit characters for "Kanman" are carved on the cliff opposite the Gomadan (fire altar).
Dainichi Bridge, Walk
Completed in October 2000, this suspension bridge links Kanman Abyss to the site of Dainichi-do Hall on the other side of the river.
Nikko Botanical Garden, Walk

Belonging to the Graduate School of Science, Tokyo University, this is an annex garden of the Koishikawa Botanical Garden, a garden for research and education in plant sciences in Tokyo. It was initially established in the vicinity of Toshogu Shrine in 1902, but was moved in 1911 to its present location, where part of the former Tamozawa Imperial Villa and adjacent land were added to give it a total area of 106,980 square meters.

*Closed on Mondays
*Closed during winter (December 1 to April 14)

Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, Walk
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park
This was originally constructed as a retirement area for Emperor Taisho (a prince at the time) in 1899, and in 1921 it took its present form. It was used by three successive Emperors and princes, starting with Emperor Taisho, until 1947. After the war, it was used as a museum, accommodation, and research facility. In 2000, authorities of Tochigi prefecture spent three years refurbishing and restoring it to its former glory, and it became a memorial park.
Nikko Futarasan Jinja, Walk
Feeling the divine spirit in Mt. Futara, the Shodo Shonin (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 Jinja. 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 his grandfather Ieyasu Tokugawa.
Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple, Walk
Based on traditions rooted in Shinto and Buddhism, 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 Sanbutsudo Hall is under repair at the moment, but two principal images are open to 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 Jinja, 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.123 Tohoku Shinkansen, Nasuno No.253 Tohoku Shinkansen, Nasuno No.255
Tokyo station dep. 7:12 8:28 9:16
Utsunomiya station arr. 8:03 9:21 10:09
  JR Nikko Line
dep. 8:23 9:32 10:38
JR Nikko Station arr. 9:11 10:21 11:27
From Shinjuku Station
  Nikko No.1
(A reservation is needed for all seats on the train)
Shinjuku station dep. 7:30
Tobu Nikko station arr. 9:28


  • JR Nikko Station is less than a 3-minute walk from Tobu Nikko Station.
  • Nikko No. 1 is a through train operated together with TOBU Railway. Please keep in mind that people using a JAPAN RAIL PASS will have to pay a separate fare to ride this train. (The JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass, the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area), JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) and JR TOKYO Wide Pass can be used for this train.)

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.

JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass  (Opens in a new window.)