To close my Nikko trip, I went up north to just walk around. While looking at the map, I saw that there’s Yudaki falls and Ryuzu falls near each other, so I decided to stop at Yudaki and walk to Ryuzu.
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. 🙂
One of the top falls in Japan, Kegon Falls is one of the main stops in Nikko, and I can understand why.
It’s walking distance from bus stop 24 (if I remember the bus stop correctly), and it costs JPY500 to take the elevator. Take note, the elevator is remotely operated, so someone will open/close the doors as necessary.
It’s like LED Lights fairy puked all over the place. There’s a lot of lights and there’s far, FAR too much lights. Ashikaga Flower Park is on the way too much spectrum.
I had so much hope! The place was so pretty during the day. Quick suggestions to management:
Tone it down. I know, I know, you have a couple of million LED. But as what was taught in my strategy class, sometimes it’s about the things NOT to do.
Segregate. I liked the concept in Yomiuri Land – there’s a theme in each location, and enough distance between the two locations. In Ashikaga, I can’t even take a picture of one theme without the other theme in the background.
Go for impact. Go for big shows, not minor ones that plays every 5 minutes. Let’s say on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most spectacular, I’d rather see three 8’s than twenty 2’s.
Winter is the time for hibernating trees (I used to call them dead trees). So I didn’t expect there would be seasonal flowers blooming during winter! Ashikaga houses a couple, and these are actually winter plants as they are not in a greenhouse or conservatory, and I can imagine how crowded the place can be during spring.