Nikko National Park

Feel the great power of nature by looking at this landscape created by a volcano.

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The park is so big that you enter it without even noticing. It is a magnificent natural park with over 2000 m of volcanic plains dotted with lakes, marshlands, and waterfalls.
Address
3254 Takakuhei Nasu-machi Nasu-gun Tochigi
Phone
(048) 600-0516

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Straddled by 3 prefectures: Gunma, Tochigi and Fukushima, the total area is 114,908 hectares. The park inside can be divided into 3 zones (Nikko, Kinugawa/Kuriyama, Nasu Kashi/Shiobara). To enjoy this national park, let us introduce the spots that should be visited first.

Nikko Yumoto Visitor Center

This is a facility that gives out information on Oku-Nikko in Nikko Yumoto Onsen Town. News on conditions of walking paths and flower blossoming along with a calendar on places to see are displayed. Information on campgrounds, hiking and mountain-climbing is also provided. Oku-Nikko is an area for bears and information about them is a must. Events matching the seasons for walking, bird-watching, snowshoeing, etc. are held all throughout the year.

Nikko Natural Science Museum

Next to Lake Chuzenji, the exhibit room on the 2nd floor displays models of the flora and fauna of Oku-Nikko. In the shop, there are many original goods including calendars and bear bells.

Nasu Heisei-no-Mori Forest

The Imperial villa in Nasu was used as a place of rest for Emperor Hirohito. On the 20th year of his reign, the emperor took the opportunity to give half of the villa (560 hectares) as an area to be returned to its natural state, and in 2011, Nasu Heisei-no-Mori Forest was opened. Two areas were organized. The Forest Recreation Zone is an area where you can enjoy a stroll free of charge. It’s even wheelchair-accessible and there’s a path leading up to Komadome Falls. You can go through the forest in about 1 hour. The Forest Learning Zone is a paid zone with a guide. You can enjoy even more rugged nature here with the purpose of learning. English pamphlets are available. An English-speaking guide is possible with prior consultation.

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4 years ago
Simply massive
Like the article states, you don't really realise you are in Nikko National Park until you see a signboard that tells you so. The area is huge, covered in nature and offers stunning views of lakes and mountains in all directions. A great place that you can't really avoid on a trip to Nikko.
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