Would have stayed longer than the 2 days I'v been.
Went bec.of Autumn Nikko Festival, was far from disappointed. Then, discovered the park, some local art shops, and the nice local people, with musical accent. Very pleasant and helpful.
To travel here is time-consuming, complicated transportation. Once you get there, if you enjoy nature and genuine people, it is worthwhile to stay at least 2 days. I could stay 4 days, because of very pleasant walks in very well maintained pedestrian roads by lake side or forest. At least two splendid waterfalls. Excellent hiking possible. The region is quite an extensive territory in the mountain, with numerous small villages higher than the main Nikko village, higher up in the mountain. My hotel was 45 minutes higher than Nikko, by car. My guide and I really enjoyed the walks. To take some breaks, we repeatedly stopped at onsen hostels (hotsprings hotels) that are numerous along the roads. We raved on the fabulous shops each of them had, each with different products. Some local original products, not found elsewhere in Japan. My guide herself bought gifts for her people in Tokyo, bec. what she was finding here was unique.
Take a look at the pictures on this site of Trip Advisor.
As a Canadian, if told of the natural bounty of Nikko, before I visited it, I still would've thought: ''yes, but you are used to all this, as a Canadian''.
It turned out that I thouroughly enjoyed it, and would have stayed longer. Brought a sense of peace, harmony.
The musical accent of the locals: I hope I will never forget. And they were very nice.
Enjoyed my stay at Okunikko onsen (see my profile).
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