Leisure Activities in Nikko

All year round, leisure activities in Nikko provide a wide range of options for every age group. Nikko is loaded with lavish shopping areas, resorts, restaurants, and spas that ensure that your trip to Nikko is hassle-free. From a convincing landscape and outdoor to some world-class stay options and facilities, Nikko packs an incredible amount of diversity in the luxury activities it offers. So be it a family vacation, a friends reunion or a solo trip to feed your wanderlust, these activities in Nikko are a must try for a leisurely vacation!

Let's explore our list of recreational & leisure places in Nikko:

  1. Lake Chuzenji

    4.3 (181 Votes)
    Lake Chuzenji

    Water Body, Lake, Boating

    A creation that dates back to 20,000 years ago, the Lake Chuzenji is one of the most striking features of the Nikko National Park. A result of Mount Nantai erupted lava that further blocked the river. Sprawling across a whopping 11.62-kilometer square with a circumference of 25 kilometers, this enormous lake is a must-see in Nikko for several reasons. The lake is like a painting in the fall mon...Read more
  2. Kanmangafuchi Abyss

    Walking Area, Statue

    Another attraction which is an outcome Mount Nantai’s upsurge, makes it to Nikko’s must-see attractions. A gorgeous gorge nested amidst central Nikko, captivates you as you leisurely take in Nikko’s orientation. 70 stone statues of red-bibbed Jizo lace the pathways of this attraction. Interestingly, the Jizo is a Bodhisattva overhauling the deceased! Also referred to as "Bake ...Read more
  3. Akechidaira Plateau

    4.5 (19 Votes)
    Akechidaira Plateau

    Observation Deck, Ropeways

    Set near the Irohazaka, the Akechidaira Plateau is one place that promises panoramas of the popularly breath-taking autumn scenery. Bask in the besieging beauty from the observatory deck or take a ropeway up, to enjoy a bird’s eye view of this attraction. From here you can even view Nikko’s other popular attractions - Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls from a rather far distance, neverth...Read more
  4. Odashirogahara Field

    Outdoors, Walking Area, Leisure, Picnic Spot

    Nikko and its enthralling sights do not cease to charm anybody. The Odashirogahara Field is just another picturesque open space of Nikko. Great to take a pit stop en route and enjoy a picnic perhaps. Autumn gets the best out of this particular attraction. This is a breath of relief from most of the crowded, overwhelming Nikko attractions, especially in the peak season of Autumn! Perfect for lei...Read more
  5. Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain

    Outdoors, Observation Deck

    With so much to do, you can literally spend an entire day at the Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain. The flora and fauna of this attraction is something! Myriad forms and hues stretching into infinity blooming throughout the year. Additionally, there are facilities to rest here, some exhibition areas, and an information Centre enlightening visitors on the natural aspects of this attraction. Observ...Read more
  6. Ozasa Ranch

    Restaurant, Market, Shopping Center

    Buzzing with tourists en route to Kirifuri Highlands, you will spot the Ozasa Ranch. Essentially, you could call this a pit stop with several recreation activities including restaurants, shopping markets and most importantly feeding pastures for cows and sheep! The shopping Centre here is a delightful one where you can get your hands on some authentic local produce of dairy as well as agricultu...Read more
  7. Urami Waterfall

    Walking Area

    One of Nikko’s best kept secrets, this waterfall, is apparently, a one that only the Japanese locals know about! As if playing peek-a-boo from behind a gorge, these waterfalls cascade into several tiny streams amidst the lush green foliage of the area. You can hear the falls’ pleasant roar as you encroach closer from the about 3-kilometer walk from the bus stop. In earlier times, yo...Read more
  8. Michi No Eki Nikko Kaido Nikoniko Honjin


    More than anything else this attraction offers some amazing opportunities to indulge in exquisite food! In essence, a multi-purpose mall, the Michi no Eki Nikko Kaido Nikoniko Honjin is a delight! From soba noodles, black noodles, scrumptious rice crackers to lovely confectionaries, the food scenes here are indeed one of its kind here. The bakeries and liquor shops are unique too, promising som...Read more
  9. Kinugawa Onsen Fureai Bridge

    Bridge, Walking Area

    A little bit of Rome in Japan the Kinugawa Onsen Fureai Bridge is a pedestrian-only bridge. It was constructed in the period of Taisho, ranging dating from 1912-1926. The Kinugawa Springs are a major draw for tourists in this region, and the bridge was especially designed to aid commute from across the either sides of the bridge. Stand atop the bridge and bask in the beautiful views of the rive...Read more
  10. Hangetsuyama

    4.5 (13 Votes)

    View Point, Rock Climbing, Observation Deck

    If you are wondering how to fit in the entire beauty of Nikko, all at once in your sight, the Hangetsyama Observation Deck is the place to head. Admire the views of Nikko’s highest mountain - the Mt Nantai, the Lake Chuzenji, and other adjoining areas of Oku-Nikko. You can drive up to the observation deck that lies at a height of 300 meters. The entire panorama is breathtaking, and will s...Read more
  11. Yumoto Enchi Ashiyu Anyonoyu

    Hot Spring, Leisure, Adults

    Lay back and dip your feet in the mineral rich, hot springs of Yumoto, as you bask in the essence of the region. A free facility especially for tourists, this is great stop as you continue to explore the attractions of Nikko. Milky white waters with a sulphurish odor rejuvenates you from within. Your feet will be soaked, so be sure to carry a towel with you or buy one at the counter right here.
  12. Saino Lake

    Lake, Cruise, Ferry

    A picturesque lake, the Lake Saino, it won’t be wrong to state that thsis is no less than therapeutic lake. With its access restricted to only foot and hybrid buses, there are hardly any traces of pollution. Apparently, the lake is a division of Niko’s most popular attraction – Lake Chuzenji. Sit back or stroll way as you let nature take over you. You can view the Mt Nantai to...Read more
  13. Nikkodaiyagawa Park

    4 (18 Votes)
    Nikkodaiyagawa Park

    Park, Camp, Leisure, Resort

    A popular place for relaxation and leisure activities the Nikkodaiyagawa Park is where Nikko locals resort to. Offering a wide array of activities, this attraction hosts several events and activities throughout the year. You have a gorgeous lake, amidst colourful flowers, green pastures and clear blue skies that make for the picture-perfect scenery. The flora and fauna at the park is especially...Read more
  14. Kinugawa Onsen Ropeway

    3.5 (4 Votes)
    Kinugawa Onsen Ropeway


    Perched at an altitude of 300 meters, the Kingawa Onsen Ropeway offers a unique experience. As you escalate to the summit, you will sight several playful monkeys, beautiful flowers and of course Nikko’s signature foliage. The best part, this place is hardly ever crowded, so in case you want to elevate to an altitude and just be, this is a good leisure option. You can choose to hike up or ...Read more
  15. Nikko Hanaichimonme

    3.6 (5 Votes)
    Nikko Hanaichimonme

    Botanical Garden

    Nikko doesn’t cease to bloom, irrespective of the time of the year! The Nikko Hanaichimonme is a one-of-its-kind botanical garden, where begonia blooms in the huge Clematis garden. You can even go strawberry-picking at this attraction. The huge collection of flowers includes, orchids, Bulgaria begonias. The flowers allure is hard to resist and understanding this park even offers to sell t...Read more