Nikko, Japan Travel Guide

Edo Wonderland: Wonders from Nikko

Decorations Edo Style!Decorations Edo Style!

When someone first hears about Japan, maybe the first picture that comes to mind is Mt. Fuji, or those traditional streets and houses which you can find in Kyoto. After searching a little more, you are invaded with pictures and videos of huge metropolises with the tallest skyscrapers, overflowing trains, and neon signs everywhere.

However, while being one of the countries with the most advanced technology, Japan preserves its traditions, its history, and they coexist in perfect harmony with the futuristic side of the country.

Surely coming to Japan and not visiting Tokyo is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope, but there are beautiful secrets hidden outside the big city.

Nikko is a city located in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture, approximately 140km north of Tokyo, and it is a very popular destination for both Japanese and foreign travelers. .

But what we are focusing today is yet another attraction, Edo Wonderland.

This cultural theme park takes you 400 years back in time to the Edo period, back when the present Tokyo had that name. The concept of Edo Wonderland is to make you the visitor to feel like you are an Edo citizen, and you can start by renting a traditional costume, like a kimono! That said, it is very common to see visitors wearing Samurai, Oiran, or Ninja clothes!

Ryokan FunamisouIf you bring kids, there is one activity that you must let them do, which is becoming the city authority and pursuing criminals! But here is the most interesting part: you are handed a wanted poster, and the criminal might be anywhere in the city! And there is more! Being this is the reconstitution of a city, there are a lot of stores, restaurants, and private homes, so if you ask "local people" for help, they might know where the criminal is! Isn't it just awesome?

You can also enjoy Ninja displays in the Grand Ninja Theater, and even outside at the Fire Tower, with performances full of energy and interaction with the public.

An Oiran Parade, performances at the Traditional Japanese Culture Theater, the Ninja Training House, the Golden Tea Ceremony Room, the Ninja Trick Maze, a ride in the Yakata Boat, and many other attractions will also turn your visit to this theme park into a really fun experience!

Where to go next

"The only place to experience living history and culture of Edo period Japan, ” boasts the brochure. “Watch out, folks!” it continues, “It’s real live action. Ninjas sneak all around you."

Where to stay

Ryokan Funamisou, overlooking the Kinugawa River not far from Nikko in Tochigi-ken, is a relaxing onsen-hotel and a fine weekend getaway spot.

Contributor, Tokyo

Born in the Portuguese countryside in 1990, it's been more than 2 years since I have moved to Japan.

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Tokyo area is good for at least a week if you include Nikko and Yokohama.
Kobe and Osaka are very interesting too. It is better of course, if you have someone tell you where to go and what to do. Japan is full of traditions and temples, and monasteries. Get a couple of guide books and read!

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FAQ

Nick
Where to visit in Japan?

I am going to Japan for around 3 weeks and was wondering where people recommend I visit. I am locking in around 10 days in Tokyo, when my friend will be there, but am wanting advice as to how I should spend the rest of my time. I am keen to spend some time in Kyoto but there is clearly so much else to do and I'm struggling to figure out exactly what.

While I am interested in visiting some shrines and temples, I can only do that for so long. I really appreciate beautiful sceneries and cool cities. If anyone has been to Japan and were blown away by some places, or really…

Hello Nick, The must see places in Japan are Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kanazawa, Takayama, shirakawago, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Pick up a good travel guide like Lonely Planet Japan before you visit as this will help you plan your trip to see and Do in Japan

Traditional Japan

Kyoto - home to more than 2000 shrines and temples
Nara - ancient capital and the birthplace of Japanese culture
Kanazawa - with the best preserved samurai and geisha districts in Japan

Culinary Experience

Tokyo - home to more Michelin star restaurants…

kiisha69
Day trips in Japan, suggestions?

I have multiple questions.

Should I go on a trip to Hokkaido by myself or find some friends to go with?
On that same Hokkaido trip, should I extend it to include some parts of Tohoku?
If I do, what are some good things to do in Tohoku?

Other things to do:
I want to travel a bit more, and thinking perhaps day or two day trips might be a good idea.
Where are some good places to go? My home base is Osaka.
Please no suggestions for around Kansai, because I'm waiting until August when I can get a 3 day Kansai Spring Pass which will let…

I live in Hokkaido.
I think that I had better see the sights of Hokkaido for three days if you can run.
Tohoku region is the same, too.
Where is the spot that you want to see the sights of?
If movement time and distance, the time of the train want to know it, please ask me a question.
About the contents of a concrete schedule, I think that I can give you some advice.

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