Oku-Nikko or inner Nikko is the Chuzen-ji Lake district, Senjo-ga-hara Marshland, and Yumoto Onsen area.

The most popular season for visitors is undoubtedly autumn—when its mountains and forests are nicely colored with red, orange and yellow leaves. But autumn is also the busiest season.

There are several hiking courses in Oku-Nikko. You can enjoy peaceful mountains and calm lakes to the fullest. After hiking, soaking in a hot spring bath (onsen) is another attraction. Depending on the hiking course, there are three onsen spots to choose from: Chuzen-ji Onsen, Yumoto Onsen, and Kohtoku Onsen.
The local specialty is yuba, a delicacy made from soy milk ‘skin’. It is usually stewed with vegetables. There are a few popular and tasty fish such as sweetfish (ayu 鮎), pond smelt (wakasagi 鰙), and red salmon (himemasu 姫鱒) caught in Chuzen-ji Lake.

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1 Akechi-daira Ropeway: Fantastic viewpoint for Kegon-no-taki Falls
2-1 Kegon-no-taki Falls: Enjoy their mystic beauty throughout the year
2-2 Kegon-no-taki Falls in Autumn: Colorful leaves surround the falls in late October
3-1 Chuzen-ji Lake: Lake at the southern base of Mt. Nantai
3-2 Chuzen-ji Temple: And its large wooden statue
3-3 Nikko Lakeside Hotel: Best place to enjoy sunset of Chuzen-ji Lake
3-4 Chuzen-ji Lake in Autumn: Fascinating view from Mt. Hangetsu-san Parking Area
4 Nishi-Rokuban Park: Cozy lakeside park
5 Ryuzu-no-taki Falls: Autumn brings a stunning change of color
6 Senjo-ga-hara Marshland: Incredible beauty in nature
7 Senju-ga-hama Beach: Freshness after a rain
8 Sai-no-ko Lake: A lake of silence, surrounded by primeval forest
9-1 Yunoko Lake: Calm, quiet, innermost lake in Nikko
9-2 Yunoko Lake in autumn: Strolling along this beautiful lakeside trail
10 Yumoto Onsen: Under 1200-year protection of Onsen-ji Temple



Nikko, located in the northwest corner of Tochigi Prefecture, is known for its picturesque beauty, and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Nikko has been a holy place for more than 1200 years. Since the priest Shodo succeeded in reaching the summit of Mt. Nantai, people began to worship the mountain as a god. Even now, priests practice various forms of asceticism here. In 1617 the first shogun of Edo, Tokugawa Ieyasu, was given a ritual burial in Nikko and so the magnificent Tosho-gu Shrine was built in 1636 for him.

Enjoy Nikko! It’s so great. Don’t hesitate to go Nikko and look it with your own eyes!

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1 Tosho-gu Shrine (1): Supreme power spot
2 Tosho-gu Shrine (2): Hidden signs behind its many carvings
3 Tosho-gu Shrine (3): “Unknown” Western methods used in ground's design
4 Tosho-gu Shrine (4): The Beauty and Wonder of Tosho-gu
5 Futara-san Shrine: The original power spot of the region
6 Taiyu-in Mausoleum: The 3rd Tokugawa Shogun Iemitsu’s resting place
7 Kanman-ga-fuchi Walk: Lots to see along the rapid Daiya River
8-1 Nikko Kanaya Hotel: Best location for Tosho-gu Shrine
8-2 Nikko Kanaya Hotel: History, nature and plenty of charm
9 Toki-no-yuu Inn: Simple Japanese ryokan at Nikko’s best location
10 Unagi Sawamoto: Tasty broiled eel and a secret sauce

Yokohama Station Area

Yokohama Station is the main interchange station of the Tokaido Line, Yokosuka Line, Yokohama Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line, Keihin Line, Negishi Line, Keihin-Kyuko Line, Minato-mirai Line, and Sotetsu Line. Two big department stores, Takashima-ya and SOGO, two big electric appliance shops, Yodobashi Camera and Bic Camera, and a lot of shopping malls are situated around the station. You can get almost anything you want here!

The Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery is also near Yokohama Station and is worth visiting, not only for Nissan freaks but also for those who would like to actually sit inside the newest cars on the market.

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1 Nissan Gallery Yokohama: Feel Japan’s newest technology
2 Yokohama’s SOGO Department Store: A visit to the food market
3 Yuzawa-ya: Japanese handcraft shop at Yokohama Bay Quarters
4-1 Rinko Park: Just behind the Pacifico Yokohama
4-2 Fireworks Festival in Rinko Park: Gorgeous and lively
5 WiFi for Mac users in Yokohama: Use FreeSpot for free in Cafes and restaurants.


Yokohama Sakuragi-cho / Minato Mirai Area                 横浜桜木町〜みなとみらい

In the JR Sakuragi-cho Station / Minato Mirai area, much of the district is connected via a 10-minute walk that goes along a pedestrian deck and through shopping malls. TOC Minato Mirai, Landmark Tower and Queen’s Square are the main shopping spots here. And that’s not all; luxury hotels, an amusement park, a cinema complex, and exhibition halls also fill this area, which is always bursting with activity.

In 1872 Japan’s first two train stations began service at Shimbashi and Yokohama, with a direct train connecting them (a distance of 23.8 km) in 53 minutes. Today’s Sakuragi-cho Station was the first Yokohama Station. The station building (designed by American architect Richard P. Bridgens) was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. But surprisingly, a noodle shop running at that time is still serving customers inside the new station building!

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1 Three luxury hotels in Minato Mirai: What is your top priority?
2 Yokohama's Royal Park Hotel: Sleeping in the sky!
3 Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel: 100 meters high in Yokohama Minato Mirai
4 Aka-renga Park: Popular and cool shopping mall
5 Shinko Park: Local’s paradice
6 Yokohama “Tenugui”: The perfect souvenir!
7 Giraffe: Casual dining and drinks at Landmark Tower
8 111-year-old Soba Shop Kawamura-ya: Quick, cheap and yummy soba
9 The Akai-kutsu Bus: 100-yen Loop Bus in Yokohama Central
10 Kimono at Iseyama Shrine: Catching the Seven-Five-Three Celebration
11 Yokohama Kamon-yama Park: Enjoy cherry blossoms and Noh Opera
12 Kisha-michi Promenade: Wonderful Bayside Walk!
13 Navios Yokohama (Hotel): Great view and reasonable prices


Yokohama Kannai Area

When you come from Tokyo to Yokohama by the JR Keihin-tohoku Line, Kannnai Station is the second stop from Yokohama Station. In Kannai, Government office buildings, company offices, and many nice restaurants and izakaya (Japanese restaurant-bars) are densely packed.

In 1859, this area was first opened to foreign trade on the basis of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce. At that time, western people lived in a settlement that was placed inside the old Kannai and Yamate areas. On the other hand, the Japanese had shops and houses outside Kannai. Today’s Yokohama Stadium was a borderline between the westerners and Japanese in those days.

This area features a port, long-established stores, and museums, and we can feel the atmosphere of a stylish port town.

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1 Yokohama Museum of Cultural History: Local history and lovely dome
2 Yamashita Koen Park: The best spot of Yokohama!
3-1 Osanbashi Pier: Unique International Pier & Passenger Terminal
3-2 The deck of Osanbashi Pier: Enjoy the view and the fresh sea breeze
4 Royal Wing Yokohama Bay Cruise: Amazing lunch/ dinner tour
5 Zo-no-hana (elephant nose) Park: Classy bayside park
6 Yokohama Park & Garden: Park just in front of JR Kannai Station
7 Yurindo Books: 100-year old book & stationary shop. Great souvenirs.
8 Ginza Isomura: A great kushiage restaurant near Kannai Station


Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown has more than 600 shops in only a 2500 square meter area. Passing through the entrance gate from any direction, you are in the middle of a passionate hot town! Barkers from a huge number of restaurants and food stalls, cute and colorful sundries shops, fortune-teller stands, and so on, call out in loud voices to entice customers. The buildings and signs glitter and dazzle in brilliant colors. Chinatown is a completely different world from the outside city!
Since the early days of Yokohama Chinatown, there has always been a strong bond here between the different Chinese people. Kantei-byo Shrine is a symbol of that unity.

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1 Yokohama Chinatown: Enjoy a variety of Chinese cuisine
2 Kantei-Byo Shrine: Feng Shui Power Point in Chinatown
3 Heichin-ro: The oldest Chinese restaurant in Japan
4 Aoba-Honkan: Healthy Taiwanese cuisine in a cozy at-home setting


Yokohama Motomachi Area

Motomachi is a traditional shopping district and style trendsetter for ‘classic’ and ‘traditional’ Yokohama fashion. Historically, Motomachi is also known as one of the most famous shopping streets throughout Japan. Originally situated directly behind the Yokohama portside, this area was the residence of the thousands of foreign settlements who were living and working for the export and import business. Naturally, local Japanese provided imported items as well as daily necessities, and started a marketplace for them. (Hiroyuki Hori)

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1 Marine Tower: A fantastic, romantic date spot
2-1 Hotel New Grand: An authentic, old time hotel in front of Yamashita Park
2-2 Hotel New Grand’s “The Café”: Wonderful location and legendary dishes
3 Star Hotel: Easy Access, Nice View and Convenience
4 Yokohama Motomachi’s Issa-an Soba: Taste soba and feel its aesthetic
5 Honmarutei: Tasty Shio-ramen at Motomachi
6 Brasserie Artisan: Superb casual French dining at a reasonable price
7 Marunaka Kimono & Kimono Goods: A wonderful Shop in Motomachi


Hakone Yumoto, Toh-no-sawa, and Miyanoshita

Hakone Yumoto, Toh-no-sawa and Miyanoshita are the gateway to the Hakone mountain resort. The onsen water at each of them is unique.
How about traveling to all three of them in one trip? You can compare the water at each of them and discover your favorite.

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1 Hakone-Yumoto: Enjoy the hustle & bustle of a hot spring resort town
2 So-un-ji Temple: The final resting place of the late Hojo clan
3 Hakone’s 350 Year-old Ichino-yu Inn: The essence of Hakone
4 Hakone-Yumoto Tai Ramen “Sai”: The best tasting ramen in Hakone
5 Hakone-Yumoto’s Soba shop “Jihei”: Get real pleasure eating local soba
6 Chamberlain’s Promenade: Refreshing walk along the Hayakawa River
7 Miyano-shita Naraya Café: A warm relaxing footbath and a cold beer!


Hakone Ashino-ko Lake Area

Ashino-ko Lake is 723m above sea level, 21.1km around, and 7.1 km2. The same type of dam-up lake, Chuzen-ji Lake in Nikko, sits much higher (1269m above sea level) and is 1.6 times larger than Ashino-ko Lake.

Because of easy access from Tokyo, her great beauty, and breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji, the lakeside of Ashino-ko is well developed and has become one of Japan’s most popular hot springs resort areas. If you get a chance, please stay at a hotel along her shores and feel the fullness of her charm.

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1 Ashino-ko Lake: Well-developed popular resort area
2 Mt. Komagatake: A mountain shrine standing under the gaze of Mt. Fuji
3 Hakone Jinja Shrine: Full of healing power, beauty and magnificence
4-1 Onshi Hakone Koen Park: Delightful walking path along Ahino-ko Lake
4-2 Onshi Hakone Park in spring: Great view of Mt. Fuji over the Ashino-ko Lake
5 Hakone Check Point: The most important barrier station of Edo era
6 Old Hakone Highway: Pleasant walk on the same road in 400 years ago!
7 The Prince Hakone: A lovely and convenient hotel
8 Chozume-ya Sausage Shop: Tasty snack near Moto-Hakone dock