The UNESCO World Heritage site of Nikko, with its beautiful seasonal changes, is only two hours away from Tokyo. This is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Japan, as well as one of the best places to see the changing colors of the autumn leaves.
Located in the outskirts of the Tokyo Metropolitan region, this historic city is perched at an altitude of 1400 meters. It offers panoramic views, unique hotels and high quality restaurants.
Autumn trips in Japan
Straight Out of a Painting: Akechidaira Ropeway and Kegon Falls
Sitting at the top of Nikko’s iconic Irohazaka Winding Road is the Akechidaira Ropeway. Visitors glide through the air on the aerial tramway surrounded by a seemingly endless bounty of natural glory and fall colors. The Akechidaira Ropeway Observation Deck is popular because it offers panoramic views of the Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzenji and Mt. Nantaisan.
Decorated with golden, amber and scarlet leaves in autumn, Akechidaira is the perfect destination for experiencing nature in Japan and for soaking in the brilliance of the changing seasons of Japan.
Japanese Seasonal Specialties with Local Ingredients
The top tourist regions of Japan are often known to have local specialties, and autumn is one of the best seasons to sample the food in Nikko. Local restaurants serve traditional Japanese specialty food and organic dishes created with the finest natural ingredients.
For example, Gyoshintei restaurant offers traditional vegetarian Shojin cuisine which reflects on the history of Nikko.
Shizensaryo Meguri on the other hand, is a popular café that was originally constructed as a traditional home in Japan’s Taisho era. Featuring an array of seasonal, vegetable and fruit dishes, Shizensaryo Meguri is a great option for those with dietary requirements.
ABOUT THE CHUZENJI KANAYA HOTEL
The Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel is one of the most famous hotels in the area. It carries over 140 years of tradition and from its rooms you can enjoy the fall colors.
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