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Irohazaka Route

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Irohazaka Route

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Chugushi, Nikko 321-1661 Tochigi Prefecture
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Highlights of Nikko Day Trip by Public Transportation
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Highlights of Nikko Day Trip by Public Transportation

You can enjoy both historic structures and beautiful nature scenery in Nikko Day Trip.<br><br>You would be able to enjoy the beautiful nature scenery in each season, for example, cherry blossoms in spring, fresh green leaves in summer, turned red and yellow leaves in autumn and white snow in winter.<br><br>See inclusions and excursions for what is included in the price of this tour.
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Peter S wrote a review Nov 19
Brookfield, Connecticut19 contributions
As a car enthusiast on this trip to Japan I convinced my wife (pretty easily) to travel up to Nikko for Irohazaka first and everything else second. We had rented an EK9 Civic Type R for a small road trip and we ended up staying at a ryokan at the top of the mountain next to Lake Chuzenji. I did this purposely to maximize the number of times we'd need to drive up and down the mountain. What an amazing road - it's an absolute work of art. Even going rather slowly you are still bound to run into traffic on the way down unless you go during off-peak hours when nothing around is open anyway. The uphill side is 2 lanes, so that was easier to travel up and almost as fun as the downhill. There are quite a few spots you can pull off safely and take pictures/take in the view. The uphill side also has a cable car to bring you up higher for views of Kegon falls, Irohazaka, and the valley below. It takes maybe 15-20 minutes to go up or down but you can do a continuous loop pretty easily! There are also some nice hiking trails, water falls, and small businesses to enjoy at the top of the mountain before heading back down for some more fun and views. Just watch out for the monkeys! We saw one at the top (awesome), then coming back up later in the day there were maybe 8-12 right at the bottom of the uphill. It made for some great extra character to the area but definitely keep an eye out for them!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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SteveS1970 wrote a review Mar 2020
Coventry, United Kingdom6,917 contributions440 helpful votes
This road is famous for the amount of hairpin bends it has. Each band is numbered, probably to let the driver know when it will be over, and there are amazing views. Part of the tour when seeing the lake and the falls.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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jk-liu wrote a review Nov 2019
Taichung, Taiwan1,986 contributions91 helpful votes
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There is lots of Z shape of the route in the mountains. What exciting route. If you have a sports car then you can drive fast and race with nature. We rode the city bus between Nikko and Lake Chuzenji several times. In the beginning, my family doubts the city bus could drive on the Z shape route to get the mountain? It was, the driver let the bus fast and safe to arrive at tourists’ destinations many times every day. That looks very exciting. But don't forget to buy a Nikko pass ticket before visiting Nikko. Because of all the areas of Nikko, bus and train fares are expensive.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Dhanushka Wijerathna wrote a review Jun 2019
Kandy, Sri Lanka83 contributions6 helpful votes
This is one of highlights of our tour. Had an exiting ride on the way up and down with 48 sharp bends. It was great that we drove ourselves where we got the opportunity to capture picturesque view of surrounding mountains by stopping at certain places. View is really breathtaking under canopy. Do not miss this route if you are visiting Nikko. But take care of selecting the route on google map to return back since you may trap with narrow route lay on forests which is really horrible in the evening.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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EarlyRetirementAbroa wrote a review May 2019
Princeton, New Jersey2,903 contributions329 helpful votes
We had an entertaining ride on the Irohazaka Route. Our tour guide explained the story behind the name and bends associated with the 48 letters of the Japanese alphabet. Some part of the road produced an interesting sound. Hope your guide explains you where it is so you can enjoy a little entertainment on a way up and down. Great views!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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