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