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  • At the eastern end of Japan’s Romantic Road, lies the charming valley town of Nikko.

  • Although famous for being the home of the ornate Toshogu Shrine, which is part of the area’s world heritage site, upon delving a little deeper, the area is brimming with inspiring scenery and unique hiking trails that are well-worth exploring.

  • And this is exactly where were headed.

  • I’m Sam Evans, staff writer for, and today I’m on assignment in Nikko.

  • Nikko is located about 2 hours north of Tokyo, and for this report well be starting at the iconic Shinkyo Bridge before heading to the area’s main tourist attraction Toshogu Shrine.

  • Then, after getting lunch well head to the boardwalks of the Senjogahara Marsh which will eventually lead to Yudaki Falls, where our day will come to an end.

  • So, follow along as we spend a day exploring Nikko.

  • Okay, so we're here at Toshogu Shrine.

  • Now, Toshogu Shrine is one of the most elaborately decorated shrines in all of Japan.

  • Behind me stands the main gate.

  • It's been recently renovated and it looks pretty beautiful to me.

  • One of the focal points of the shrine is the mausoleum for Tokugawa Ieyasu.

  • Now, Ieyasu was one of the most important figures in Japanese history, so this is a really special place

  • As far as food goes, Nikko's specialty is yuba.

  • Yuba is tofu skin, and behind me, there's a restaurant that serves the dish.

  • I'm about to go in and try some.

  • From the town, we've arrived in Okunikko.

  • It's known for its nature trails and beautiful scenic spots like this.

  • And that concludes our trip to Nikko.

  • Thanks for joining me.

  • I hope this video has been enjoyable and perhaps even inspires some ideas should you decide to plan a trip to Nikko.

  • For more information about Nikko or to watch another video, click the links on the screen now or head over to, your comprehensive, up-to-date travel guide first-hand from Japan.

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  • Happy travels.

At the eastern end of Japan’s Romantic Road, lies the charming valley town of Nikko.

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