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Boasting UNESCO World Heritage sites and incredible landscapes, Nikko is a small town nestled in the mountains north of Tokyo. The temples and shrines here are considerably more ornate than the typical Japanese structures as this is the home to the mausoleums of the Tokugawa Shoguns. A center for Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many, many centuries, Nikko is the gateway to the Nikko National Park and is best reached via the Tobu Nikko Line from Tokyo.

Nikko is set along Japan’s Romantic Road, a route that travels through the mountains as well as interesting towns, active volcanoes, and hot spring resorts. Convenient public transportation can hinder the international tourists from exploring the area, but knowing what can be experienced in Nikko alone makes any hassle truly worthwhile. There are three main temples that garner the most attention. Toshogu is the grandest of them all as it is the burial place for the founder of the dynasty. The Sacred Stable found here is where you can see the carving of the famous three wise monkeys who ‘hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil’. Many other carvings and paintings can be viewed here as well. Rinno-ji Temple is known for its three large Buddha figures as well as the incredibly beautiful Shoyo-en Garden, and Futarasan Shrine is the oldest in Nikko, built in 1617. A hike through the national park here reveals incredible scenery as well as more attractions such as Senjogahara Plateau and Lake Chuzenji.

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