Morning Hike and Birdwatching Around Nikko Toshogu Shrine

A great walking experience around the World Heritage area which introduces you to Nikko, a city that has developed through mountain asceticism, together with the animistic world of giant trees where Gods are believed to be dwelling.

Let’s enjoy bird watching in the World Heritage area surrounded by giant cedar trees in a solemn atmosphere.

Besides wild birds, with any luck, you can even see flying squirrels. Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a famous World Heritage site as well as a power spot
which is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun, who laid the foundations of peace and culture during the 260 years of the Edo period and made a great contribution to the development of modern Japan.

* Duration: 2 hours
* Starts: Nikko, Japan
* Trip Category: Outdoor Activities >> Nature & Wildlife




A great walking experience around the World Heritage area which introduces you to Nikko, a city that has developed through mountain asceticism, together with the animistic world of giant trees where Gods are believed to be dwelling.

Let’s enjoy bird watching in the World Heritage area surrounded by giant cedar trees in a solemn atmosphere.

Besides wild birds, with any luck, you can even see flying squirrels. Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a famous World Heritage site as well as a power spot
which is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun, who laid the foundations of peace and culture during the 260 years of the Edo period and made a great contribution to the development of modern Japan.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Nikko Tosho-gu, 2301 Sannai, Nikko 321-1431 Tochigi Prefecture

Itinerary :
9:00 Meet at Nikko Toshogu Shrine Five-story Pagoda
Hiking Route
Nikko Toshogu Five-story Pagoda → Takino Inari Jinja Shrine → Futarasan-Jinja Shrine → Nikko Toshogu Five-story Pagoda
11:30 Dismiss at Nikko Toshogu Shrine Five-story Pagoda
*Hiking may take approximately 1.5 to 2 times longer than usual depends on weather conditions, congestion, and probabilities of birds’ occurrence
About Nikko Toshogu
Most buildings of the shrine where Tokugawa Ieyasu is dedicated to, were rebuilt during the “Great Reconstruction of Kanei/Kan’ei no Taizukuri” by the 3rd Shogun Iemitsu in Kan’ei 13 (1636). 55 buildings lining the precincts of it, including eight national treasures and 34 important cultural properties. The buildings are decorated with lacquer and brilliant colors by master craftsmen from all over Japan. Numerous sculptures are displayed on the pillars.
Mar.~ Apr.: Black kite・Japanese pygmy woodpecker・Brown-eared bulbul・Brown dipper・Eurasian wren

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Takino Shrine, 531 Imaichi, Nikko 321-1261 Tochigi Prefecture

Tagorihime-no-Mikoto, concubine of Ōnamuchi-no- Mikoto (the main enshrined deity of Futarasan Shrine), has been enshrined in the associated shrine. This shrine is popular since it brings benefits. Especially the “Luck-testing torii gate”, which is said to bring good luck if you can throw stones into a small hole in the torii gate for 3 times and at least 1 passes through the hole. And the “Offspring stone”, which is said to be blessed with good children and easy delivery. Also the “Marriage bamboo”, which is said to make you a good matchmaking if you pray to a bamboo grass.

May~ Aug.: Blue-and-white flycatcher・Narcissus flycatcher・Eastern crowned-warbler・Ashy minivet・Asian brown flycatcher・Japanese thrush, etc.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Nikko Futarasan Shrine, 2307 Sannai, Nikko 321-1431 Tochigi Prefecture

One of the three sub-shrines that form Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine, Chugushi is situated on the shore of Lake Chuzenji, between the main and upper shrines. Chugushi was established in the 8th century and is dedicated to Mt. Nantai. The shrine is a popular place for those seeking a romantic match!

Duration: 15 minutes