Nikko Day Journey | Shinkyo Bridge, Kegon Falls, Daiya River, and Chuzenji Lake — Jea Wanders

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Nikko is simply a simple 2-hour journey from Tokyo, making it a really perfect fast getaway for Tokyo-based vacationers. Positioned within the Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko is about 160 km (or nearly a 3-hour continuous drive) from Tokyo. The two-hour journey from Tokyo is feasible in the event you take a Shinkansen (bullet prepare) from town heart.

Since we’re coming from Tokyo, a Nikko day journey is simple to do. We took a bullet prepare from Tokyo Station to Utsunomiya Station (50min), then a daily JR prepare going to Nikko Station (45min). That’s roughly 1.5 hours of prepare journey then add some allowance for strolling and ready, therefore 2 hours. I’ll share extra detailed commuting directions and JR go data later on this submit!



Nikko: A Day Journey from Tokyo

Our current Japan go to is especially targeted on the winter expertise whereas being based mostly in its superb capital metropolis, Tokyo. That’s why Nikko simply turned our goal vacation spot because it’s a winter dreamland that may merely be reached from town.

Our Nikko day journey itinerary consists of Shinkyo Bridge and Tamozawa Imperial Villa (morning), then Kegon Falls, Daiya River, and Chuzenji Lake (afternoon). Nikko is most well-known for its spiritual temples and shrines that are one thing we’re not very thinking about personally therefore skipped them.

Transferring additional, we had been late in our itinerary, and let me clarify. It was our first day in Tokyo and we had been getting into circles contained in the Tokyo Station, exchanging JPY, claiming the JR go, reserving our seats, on the lookout for our prepare automotive, and many others. It was complicated at first, though we obtained used to it as we went on.


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JR Tokyo Extensive Move
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Japanese bullet prepare (shinkansen)


From Nikko Station, we bought limitless bus tickets for two,300 JPY / 879 PHP every. The buses trip between Nikko Station and Chuzenji. The ticket is legitimate for two days, and we availed it although we solely intend to do a one-day journey as it might nonetheless be cheaper. What extra in the event you use it for two days? It will likely be a lot extra value it!

Initially, we solely deliberate to stroll from Nikko Station to Shinkyo Bridge and stroll once more to Tamozawa Villa then journey a bus going to Chuzenji (for Kegon Falls, Daiya River, and Chuzenji Lake) then journey a bus going again to Nikko Station, in order that it consists solely 2 bus rides. However once more, we got here late so we didn’t have sufficient time for strolling journeys.


Our tickets for the limitless bus journey


Shinkyo Bridge

We took an 8-minute bus journey from Nikko Station to Shinkyo Bridge. It was already 11 am after we obtained there, and plenty of vacationers had been flocking to the viewing spot (which can also be a bridge). Gladly, it didn’t take a lot time for the place to get empty of vacationers so we had been capable of respect the views and take respectable photographs. We didn’t want to attend till an Instagrammer is finished with 100 pictures of photographs from one angle (hyperbolic).

It was chilly (about 8°C), though there have been nonetheless no snow. Nonetheless, it was a pleasant view of a crimson bridge over the river framed with withered/withering bushes.

For reference, our journey date is January 20, 2024. Possibly the very best time to go to for winter is from the final week of January onwards if you wish to see the bridge surrounded by snow, making it pop up in crimson. Additionally, this can be a good spot to witness the autumn foliage as nicely!


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Shinkyo Bridge as considered from one other bridge
View from the facet
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Jec and I, on the bridge. Due to our associates for our couple’s pics!


Shinkyo Bridge is a historic bridge and is taken into account a World Heritage Web site. Previously, it was used just for spiritual ceremonies and ultimately turned open to most of the people. You’ll be able to cross the bridge (for a charge), however you can not cross utterly to the opposite facet and should return. It has one thing to do with its mystical legend, however enable me to skip that half.

Since we began late, we failed to go to the Tamozawa Villa which was scheduled within the morning after Shinkyo Bridge. We simply went on with our lunch break and afternoon schedule.


Lunch at Mikui Dokoro Aki Restaurant

We had our lunch at Mikui Dokoro Aki Restaurant which is inside a 10-minute stroll from Nikko Station. They’ve set meals for lunch and soba dishes supplied on the menu. We had been simply seeking to have a fast low-cost lunch, then we noticed this restaurant and we didn’t fairly count on that we might have a luxurious lunch that’s as inexpensive as this. To not point out that the meals is nice when it comes to style and high quality!


Group picture, as a result of it’s our first lunch in Japan!
Beef Bowl set meal
Rooster Cutlet set meal
Menu: Mikui Dokoro Aki Restaurant


Jec and I ordered the Beef Bowl and Pork Cutlet with Egg on Rice, whereas Sel and Gel had Rooster Cutlet and Beef Bowl. All are priced at 1,200JPY / 458PHP every. Contemplating the quantity and high quality you get, that was such a steal! In our residence nation, twice the worth and also you’ll get simply the identical quantity with inauthentic style.

With somewhat little bit of analysis, I discovered them on Google! Right here’s their web site Mikui Dokoro Aki, and simply go discover them on Google Maps (Aki).

Whereas penning this, I’m craving for his or her Beef Bowl. It’s simply me complaining invalidly, why do they should be too removed from me?!


Kegon Falls

The subsequent cease is Kegon Falls. From Nikko Station, we took a bus and alighted at Tobu Bus Station (Chuzenji). Journey time was about 45 minutes.

It was our first time to see and expertise snowfall! We had been nonetheless on the bus station however we had been already taking photographs and filming continuous. For somewhat time, the child inside us quickly forgot our itinerary and we had been like so very extraordinarily pleased that we might now return residence if we have to!

Our wandering ft then took us to the surface grounds of Nikko Science Museum which is simply alongside the best way to Kegon Falls. In fact, the youngsters (us) performed within the snow, ran, and wandered round. Kegon Falls is only a quick 5-minute stroll from the bus station, however for us, it took nearly half an hour of strolling and taking part in!


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Jec and I, dancing within the rain snow!
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Groufie grabbed from our pal’s cellphone
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Getting close to the Kegon Waterfall
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Lastly arrived on the viewing deck
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Kegon Waterfall, sporting all-white!
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View from one other angle


I used to be truly anticipating an enormous icicle. However because the winter simply obtained began, it was nonetheless a “water” fall. The views surrounding the waterfall had been one thing we don’t see in our residence nation. All coated in white, it was such a memorable sight to behold! We additionally loved taking photographs whereas admiring the wondrous views.

The waterfall is sort of 100 meters tall and the water is from the Daiya River which comes from Chuzenji Lake. I’m actually loving this place. Waterfall, river, and lake multi function place! That is among the many the explanation why Nikko is a superb day journey from Tokyo!


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Fast couple’s picture earlier than we depart for our subsequent cease


Daiya River

Earlier than going to Chuzenji Lake, let’s first admire the great thing about the Daiya River as seen from the bridge!

From Kegon Falls, we walked for about 5 minutes to achieve the bridge over Daiya River.


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On the bridge over the Daiya River
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Daiya River throughout winter, as seen from the bridge


From the bridge, you will notice each Daiya River and Chuzenji Lake if there’s no fog and snowfall.

I didn’t know withered bushes lining up alongside the riverside might be this stunning. Then add the snow falling from the sky, wondrous certainly!


Chuzenji Lake

From the bridge over Daiya River, we walked for an additional 5 minutes going to Chuzenji Lake.

It could look a bit gloomy and unwelcoming, however for us, this was our purpose. It’s one thing new to us as we don’t see this type of surroundings in our residence nation. We’re so used to vibrant sunny days and moist seasons, however we by no means skilled chilly snowy occasions.

The lake was foggy, and the sky was coated with clouds.


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A viewing level of Chuzenji Lake
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Obligatory picture with the Chuzenji Lake and snow-covered mountain and forest within the background
Photograph ops on the Nikko signage


We didn’t spend a lot time within the lake space since water actions are suspended throughout winter. To not point out it was getting actually actually chilly! We walked again to the Bus Station and gladly, there’s a chosen indoor ready space with a heater. We waited for the subsequent bus which arrived after about quarter-hour.


Again to Tokyo

The bus journey from Chuzenji going again to Nikko Station took about 45 minutes. Then from Nikko Station, we took the JR prepare going to Utsunomiya Station and from there, we rode the bullet prepare sure for Tokyo Station.

All our prepare transports are coated in our JR Tokyo Extensive Move, besides the limitless bus journey inside Nikko.


Dinner at Hidakaya Ningyocho

Now that our Nikko day journey from Tokyo has simply ended, time to cap off the day with a hearty meal.

From Tokyo Station, we walked to Hidakaya Ningyocho to have our dinner. We might take a prepare to Ningyocho Station however we opted to stroll.


Our luxurious dinner after a tiring day


Jec and I ordered 1 Set of Vegetable Ramen + 6 pcs Gyoza (830 JPY / 314 PHP) and Angus Beef Minced Meat Cutlet (270 JPY / 102 PHP). For a complete of somewhat over 400 PHP, we obtained all of those plus facet dishes and soup! It’s identical to (and even cheaper than) consuming in a Japanese restaurant within the Philippines, however that is genuine!

Hidakaya Ningyocho can also be just some minutes stroll from our lodge in Tokyo which is Lodge Horidome Villa.

Lodge Horidome Villa

It’s a snug price range lodge on the coronary heart of Tokyo. We scored this for round 2,700 Php per evening for a double room (good for two individuals).

You’ll be able to guide the identical lodge right here: Lodge Horidome Villa



Journey Information: Nikko Day Journey from Tokyo

If you have already got a JR Tokyo Extensive Move, you possibly can proceed to the commuting instructions (finish half). However in the event you don’t have a JR Tokyo Extensive Move but, it’s gonna be actually costly so higher safe your go first.


The place to purchase a JR Tokyo Extensive Move?

Listed here are hyperlinks the place you should buy your JR Tokyo Extensive Move.

BONUS: JR Move for the Complete of Japan – In case you intend to go to a number of areas of Japan for a minimum of 7 days


JR TOKYO Wide Pass Coverage
Protection of JR Tokyo Extensive Move

Every JR Tokyo Extensive Move prices 15,000 JPY / 5,700 PHP

You’ll be able to take pleasure in limitless rides in all JR-East Traces and Shinkansen legitimate for 3 days.

TIP: Decide a minimum of 2 locations by way of Shinkansen to higher make the most of your go. For instance, we used the JR Tokyo Extensive Move for our JR-East line and Shinkansen journeys to Nikko, Karuizawa, and Mt. Fuji. All in all, we rode a shinkansen a minimum of 4 occasions, and the JR-East line a minimum of 4 occasions as nicely.

Day 1:
Shinkansen from Tokyo to Utsunomiya
JR-East Line from Utsunomiya to Nikko
JR-East Line from Nikko to Utsunomiya
Shinkansen from Utsunomiya to Tokyo

Day 2:
Shinkansen from Tokyo to Karuizawa
Shinkansen from Karuizawa to Tokyo

Day 3:
JR-East Line from Tokyo to Otsuki
JR-East Restricted Categorical from Kawaguchiko to Tokyo

Day 4-5: Limitless Tokyo Subway for metropolis tour (separate from JR Tokyo Extensive Move)

That is simply to indicate an instance of a totally utilized go.

Nonetheless, take be aware that even in the event you choose just one Shinkansen vacation spot plus one common JR-East vacation spot, it’s nonetheless value it. It is determined by your itinerary and it’s as much as you which of them locations will match inside 3 days of the go validity.


Claiming your JR Tokyo Extensive Move

  1. Search for the Ticket Merchandising Machine inside any JR-East station
    Tip: Higher if in case you have a printed copy of the QR code despatched to you by way of e-mail in order that it is going to be simpler to ask for assist in case you possibly can’t discover the ticket merchandising machine.
  2. Scan the QR code despatched to you by way of e-mail and your passport’s data web page
    Tip: Put together these two first earlier than utilizing the ticket-vending machine.
    There’s an English language choice so don’t be too anxious. Simply observe the directions on the display.
  3. You’ll get your JR Tokyo Extensive Move inside seconds!


  • In case you bought a number of passes in a single transaction, you’ll solely must scan the passport data web page of the lead passenger together with the QR code. No must scan all of the passports of all passengers.
    For instance, I booked 4 passes in a single transaction. I scanned the QR code and my passport, and I obtained all 4 passes for our group.
  • The three-day validity of the go will begin on the claiming date.
JR Tokyo Extensive Move
JR Tokyo Extensive Move Monitoring Ticket

One other factor, you can be issued one other ticket along with the precise JR Tokyo Extensive Move. Hold it too, because it can be used for monitoring. In our expertise, our pal unintentionally left her JR Tokyo Extensive Move on the computerized ticket gate. Good factor, she stored this ticket and he or she was capable of retrieve again her JR Tokyo Extensive Move.


Reserving seats

  1. Go to any JR-East Ticket Workplace
    Each JR Station has a Ticket Workplace the place you possibly can reserve your prepare seats. You’ll normally discover them beside the ticket gates earlier than you enter the prepare platform.
  2. Current your JR Tokyo Extensive Move and passports
    This time, you have to to current the passports of every passenger.
    1 JR Move : 1 passport
  3. Give your most well-liked vacation spot and departure time
    The employees offers you the precise time of the subsequent prepare departure. Assess in the event you can come on time. If in case it’s too early, you possibly can choose one other schedule. The employees will present the succeeding prepare schedules out there.
  4. Decide your seats
    The employees will present on the display the out there seats in your specified prepare schedule.
  5. Take your Reserved Seat Ticket
    Hold it collectively along with your JR Tokyo Extensive Move. The main points of your reservation are indicated right here (e.g. automotive quantity, seat quantity, departure date & time, vacation spot, and many others.)
  6. Board the prepare
    Go to your designated prepare automotive as proven in your ticket. Search for your seat, then sit again and loosen up.
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Reserved Seat Tickets

In our expertise, nobody requested for our Reserved Seat Tickets. It’s simply to your personal reference, and it’ll even be helpful if in case another person (normally passengers with non-reserved seats) is sitting in your reserved seat. To be able to politely present them your Reserved Seat Ticket and so they can switch to different unoccupied seats.

You may as well board the prepare with out seat reservations as there are designated vehicles for non-reserved seats. If it will get full, you possibly can take seats from the reserved vehicles however you have to to switch to an unoccupied seat each time the reserved passenger arrives.

It’s nonetheless advisable to order your seats except you’re in a rush. This additionally occurs to us each time we journey again to our place of birth. Good factor, the prepare was not all the time full.


Commuting Instructions: Nikko Day Journey from Tokyo

Now that you have already got both a JR Tokyo Extensive Move or a JR Move, now you can go to your most well-liked locations.

Listed here are the commuting directions for touring from Tokyo to Nikko (day journey).

  1. Take a Bullet Prepare (Shinkansen) from both Tokyo Station or Ueno Station.
    Observe: In case you are close to Tokyo Station or Ueno Station, you possibly can stroll and straight take a Shinkansen.
    If not inside strolling distance, you have to to journey a daily JR prepare or subway prepare going to Tokyo Station or Ueno Station, then take a Shinkansen journey.
  2. Alight at Utsunomiya Station.
  3. Switch to a daily JR-East prepare sure for Nikko.
  4. Alight at Nikko Station.

From Nikko Station, you should buy limitless bus journey tickets. The buses trip between Nikko Station and Chuzenji.

You can begin your tour immediately at Shinkyo Bridge which is simply an 8-minute bus journey or 25-min stroll from Nikko Station.



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