December 29-31, 2016
The slogan all over the place – Nippon is Nikko, was a nice reminder that I’m still in Japan ;). Four month ish late, wrapping up the entire experience, here’s a rundown of my Nikko trip!
Before going there
- Accommodations. Book them online if you can. I stayed at Nikko Park Lodge at JPY3,000 a night (dormitory). You have two options – the one in front of the station and another in the mountains. I suggest going up the mountains if you want to chill and meet people, go to the one in front of the station if you only want a transit place.
- Transport. Book the All Nikko pass unless you’re not planning on going anywhere. The city pass is not that useful, as the entire city can actually be walked (if you like walking). I bought the three day pass, and it was worth it. Just the fare from the train station to the lake was more than JPY1,000 one way. Oh, and you can buy it right at the Tobu station in Asakusa.
- Plan? Not necessarily. You can do the rest of your itinerary on the way from Asakusa to Tobu Nikko. The two hour trip is more than good enough, and the map they provide when you buy the ticket has all the information you’ll need.
- Clothing. Check the weather. It can get really cold.
- Walk. The central part is relatively small. Just go exploring.
- Go north. You can explore Yuzuri falls, Kegon falls, and other Chuzenji near attractions in a day.
I arrived late(around 3pm), so I simply went to Nikko Lodge and walked around. Well.
the cozy place plus the company of the other travelers was more than good enough for me.
Just went exploring on foot. I mainly explored the city, go lost again and again.
North! Boy was it cold! I walked from Yuzuri falls down to the entirety of the swampland, then took the bus to Kegon falls, then went home. 🙂