Senjogahara, Nikko

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  • Address: Japan, 〒321-1661 Tochigi-ken, Nikkō-shi, Chūgūshi, 栃木県日光市中宮祠, Nikko
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +81-288542496
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Nature
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About Senjogahara, Nikko

Legend has it that this is where the mythical battle for the gods of Lake Chuzenji was fought between the Gods of Mt. Nantai and Mt. Akagi.

Thus, this region rights derives its name from the aforementioned legend. Senjogahara literally translates to battlefield. Mt. Nantai emerged as the ultimate victor. The plateau is a great place to stroll around and hike, expanding at about 6 kilometers.

Also popular as Oku-Nikko, meaning “inner nikko”, Senjogahara lies at an altitude of 1400 meters. Offering beautiful visats of the marshland, just sit back, and bask in the surrounding beauty.

During the winter months, the area is usually covered in thick snow, never the less, the beauty of the plateau is worth a catch! To enhance a winter experience here, rent one of the rest houses around.

How To reach Senjogahara by Public Transport

  • Buses from Tobu Nikko Station to Yumoto Onsen.

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  • This place is ridiculously calm. And if you want to visit this place, remember not to go alone, especially in the winter. The walkway becomes icy and slippery, you may fall off into the grassland(it looks like swamp). And beware of the bears. Edit: last time I visit was in September 2016, I visited again in December 2017, surprisingly the weather was better. Note: This maybe trivia, but don’t walk on the icy-snow, they are extremely slippery. Take extreme care while crossing the wood bridge during snow season, I once almost fell off. They will have construction of removing old wooden walking route, a huge portion of the route will be removed. The construction starts from December and ends in end of January.

  • Beautiful scenery and less tourists... Good for hiking and inner peace after a long walk

  • Awesome trails for a very satisfying, serene and scenic hike that is easily do-able for anyone. Think of it as more of a long walk than a hike! Lots of viewpoints along the way as well. Well maintained wood walkway paths with very little change in elevation. No special footwear required. Highly recommend trying this hike (approx 3 hrs): Ryuzu Falls --> Senjogahara --> Yudaki Falls --> Yunoko Lake --> Yumoto Onsen

  • Even in cold and cloudy day on mid November, there were plenty of bird species observed.

  • This is a pretty special place. During Toyo (the autumn leaves period) the yellowish grass of the marshland turns into a rich light brown which goes very well with the yellow, amber and fiery hues of the tree leaves. You can enjoy this from a well groomed boardwalk but be careful as it is sometimes narrow and there's no rail.

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