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Only a couple of hours to the north of the capital, the small mountain town of Nikko feels like another world.

Lake Chuzenji, NikkoHere, beneath the cool cedars, stands the fabulous Toshogu Shrine, mausoleum to the first and greatest Tokugawa Shogun on whom James Clavell based his famous novel. The superb carvings of the shrine, including the original ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ monkey carvings, complement the beautiful mountain setting.

After a thorough exploration of the shrine precinct we recommend heading up the hairpin road to enjoy the fine scenery of Lake Chuzenji.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Nikko

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Nikko, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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