Nikko National Park is one of Japan's most beautiful nature locales. Located 125 km from Tokyo, a trip to Nikko is an ideal one or two day excursion. Shrines, temples, and bridges scattered across the area harmonize with the beautiful scenery, which include plateaus, waterfalls, lakes, forests, and rivers.
One of Nikko's most striking features is Toshogu, which is Japan's most lavishly decorated shrines. One can also find the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, which has been dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once here, visitors will see statues of the three wise monkeys, the Hall of the Medicine Buddha, and the ornate Yomei-mon Gate.
Nikko is especially worth visiting in the autumn when the leaves change from green to deep reds and oranges. With various routes perfect for both the novice and adventurous hiker, a visit to the Nikko National Park is not to be missed.
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