The next time you visit Japan, plan to spend time north of Tokyo in the Tochigi Prefecture, where you will enjoy national forests, waterfalls, important World Heritage sites and natural hot springs.
There, you will find Nikko, a beautiful, historic and peaceful place, away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Visitors have flocked to Nikko since the opening of the railway in the late 19th century—westerners, in particular, were attracted to the area, particularly its Lake Chuzenji, where they would spend their holidays, as the landscape is reminiscent of the British Lake District and the European Alps.
Nikko also has an incredible history as it is the location of important Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Anyone planning to attend the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics should be sure to arrive early or stay longer to spend time in Nikko.
The easiest way to get to Nikko, which is 150 kilometers north of Tokyo, is by Tobu Railway. A private train service, the Tobu Nikko Line starts at the Tobu Asakusa Tokyo Skytree station in Tokyo (easily accessible from Haneda Airport via a 35-minute ride on the KEIKYU and Toei Subway Asakusa Line).Tobu Railway offers a scenic and comfortable ride, complete with reclining seats, that takes less than two hours to get to the Tobu-Nikko station, the final stop on the line.