“EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura” will hold the enchanting event “Yoru no Edo”(Nighttime in Edo)

20.September.2017 | SPOT

 “EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura” will hold the event titled, “Akari no Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura” every Saturday night between Sept. 16th to November 25th.  Accordingly, business hours will be extended until 19:00 on these days. Through this event visitors can experience the townscape of Edo at night, a magical scene no one could image by seeing this same town only in the daytime.

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Aside from viewing the fantastic townscape at night, events such as Nighttime Oiran Dochu (Courtesan parade) and Japanese-gambling can be experienced. Visitors can enjoy the graciousness of nighttime in Edo which is truly special on autumn nights.


Let’s experience “nighttime in Edo!”



Address: 470-2, Karakura, Nikkoshi, Tochigi Prefecture

Access: A free courtesy bus is available which departs from Kidogawa Onsen Station

Business hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (usual days)

September 16th (Sat.) to November 25th (Sat.) (all Saturday during this period)

9:00 to 19:00 (Last entrance 18:00)


Entrance fee: adult 4,700 yen / child 2,400 yen

After 14:00: adult 4,100 yen / child 2,100 yen

※Chidren below elementary school – free / Children older than junior high school – adult rate

※Please refer to the official WEB site RE detailed information

URL : http://edowonderland.net/


  • FUFU NIKKO: The New Hot Spring Hotel in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

    15.September.2020 | SPOT

    Kato Pleasure Group is set to open its 4th branch of FUFU NIKKO hotels in Nikko, Tochigi on October 2, 2020 following their Atami, Lake Kawaguchi, and Nara branches.


    A resort steeped in Japanese history and culture

    The site in which the hotel is located has a sacred air to it. It dates back to the Meiji Period and has continued into modern times. Upon entering the hotel, your ears are treated to the sound of classical music. Overhead you will spot high ceilings made from wood which give it a warm and welcoming atmosphere.The shadows of the outside walls, the warmth of the inviting lights, and the metallic decorations which catch the light present a calm and quiet mood.


    Classy and sophisticated cuisine

    Both the food and plates it is served on capture the essence and beauty of the Japanese way. Meals are prepared using seasonal ingredients from Tochigi as well as high quality foods like foie gras, truffles, and caviar. Each dish expresses elegance and refinement and combines both Japanese and Western flavours.


    Hot spring water sourced from Tamozawa

    All rooms at the hotel are fitted with hot springs or large baths which natural light from the outdoors shining through. In the open-air baths, guests get to experience the surrounding sights of nature coupled with the sound of the flowing stream and chirping birds.

  • Experience an Edo Hanami at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura

    24.March.2019 | SPOT

    Edo Wonderland is a cultural theme park in Nikko, Tochigi that recreates what life was like back in the Edo period. The park is currently putting efforts in to provide a new kind of food experience to guests. Since last year, with the help of Rei Fuyuki―a food researcher knowledgeable in Edo cuisine―the park has been serving authentic Edo style dishes inspired by the four seasons.

    This spring, Edo Wonderland is set to host a new event that will offer people a chance to experience an Edo hanami. They will tuck into food from the Edo period while viewing the cherry blossoms.

    Guests will be able to enjoy hanami in a variety of different ways, be it under the blue sky, on the side of a moat with a bento in hand, in the restaurant with a luxurious hanami-inspired meal and sake, and more.

    The EDO-SATOYAMA Project is an initiative that aims to restore the original scenery of Edo. As part of the project, British-born Japanese writer and environmentalist C. W. Nicol planted cherry trees with children from local nurseries last year. He is set to participate in this year’s Edo hanami too where he will fertilise and water plants with the children to help pass on the importance of taking care of the beautiful undeveloped woodlands.

    Change into traditional Japanese dress and become a person of Edo to enjoy a unique Edo flower-viewing experience.

  • Autumn Illuminations Arrive at Rinno-ji Temple’s Shoyo-en Japanese Garden in Nikko

    27.October.2018 | SPOT

    Rinno-ji Temple in Nikko is a recognised World Heritage Site that is home to the Shoyo-en, a Japanese-style garden famous for its autumn-time leaves. An all-new annual light-up event began running at the garden on October 25.


    Shoyo-en was built in the early years of the Edo period as a garden for the head priest of Rinno-ji, a temple with a history spanning over 1250 years. Construction was completed during the Kan’ei period, but it has undergone numerous renovations and as a result has become famous as a garden where you can see changes across the whole Edo Period. It houses many species of tree including various types of Japanese maple.

    An event commemorating the completion of the Tayuin, the mausoleum of Ieyasu, will also take place during the running of the illuminations.


    Use this opportunity to visit a famous spot in Japan during autumn.

  • 5 Day-Trip Sightseeing Spots Close to Tokyo

    08.May.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    For this article, we’ve compiled a Top 5 list of great places to visit in Japan within just one hour of Tokyo. The commute is short, so they’re perfect locations for day trips if you’re staying in Tokyo. We’ve also included the easiest routes to get to them.




    Nikko (Tochigi Prefecture)
    Nikko is a popular site for tourism, home to the famous Toshugu Shrine which is a registered World Heritage Site. It has great access with Asakusa, making it a perfect location for shrine visits.


    Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/tag/nikko


    ■Asakusa Station (Tobu Nikko Line) → Nikko Station

    Travel Time: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

    Price: ¥1,360



    Mount Fuji (Shizuoka Prefecture / Yamanashi Prefecture)
    Mount Fuji was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2013. Its graceful, sempiternal beauty has made it an unmistakable symbol of Japan throughout the world.


    Be careful when traveling there, as the closest station to the mountain isn’t Fujisan Station (‘Mount Fuji Station’), but Kawaguchiko Station. There is also a direct bus there to and from Shinjuku.


    Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87612


    ■Tokyo Station (JR Chuo Line / Ome Line / Itsukaichi Line) → Mitaka (JR Limited Express Kaiji) → Otsuki (via Fuji-Q)

    Travel Time: 2 Hours 33 Minutes

    Price: ¥3,560


    ■Shinjuku Bus Terminal (Express Bus) → Kawaguchiko Station

    Travel Time: 2 Hours

    Price: ¥1,750



    Kamakura (Kanagawa Prefecture)

    Kamakura is famous for its old-fashioned streetscape and shrines. It’s also close to other popular tourist spots such as Enoshima, a small island off the coast, so you can have a lot of fun there with plenty of things to do no matter how many times you visit. If you’re a travel lover, then we also recommend boarding the hugely popular Enoshima Electric Railway.

    Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/tag/kamakura


    ■Tokyo Station (JR Tokaido Main Line) → Totsuka Station (Yokosuka Line) → Kamakura

    Travel Time: 57 Minutes

    Price: ¥910


    ■Shinjuku Station (Odakyu Line) → Fujisawa Station (Enoshima Electric Railway) → Kamakura

    Travel Time: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

    Price: ¥886



    Hakone (Kanagawa Prefecture)

    Hakone—Japan’s leading onsen, or ‘hot spring’ spot. Hakone Shrine is known for the red torii archways which sit on the bank of Lake Ashi. The town is also known for being home to countless nearby ryokan with hot springs, so you can enjoy hopping from one to the other. And to get there, you can take the direct Romancecar train from Shinjuku which goes straight to Hakone Station.

    Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/tag/hakone


    ■Shinjuku Station (Limited Express Romancecar) → Hakone-Yumoto Station

    Travel Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

    Price: ¥2,080


    ■Shinjuku Station (Odakyu Line) → Odawara Station (Odakyu Line / Hakone Tozan Line)

    Travel Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

    Price: ¥1,190



    Chichibu (Saitama Prefecture)
    Chichibu is appealing for its rich natural environment. Those who love the outdoors will be enticed by this city. As will anime-lovers, since this is the place where Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is set. They even sell maps of where all the places in the series are located, as well as souvenirs of the characters.


    ■Ikebukuro (Seibu Ikebukuro Line) → Hanno Station (Seibu Chichibu Line) → Seibu-Chichibu Station

    Travel Time: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

    Price: ¥770



    Did you like this list?

    You might enjoy stretching your legs and branching out to see what else Japan has to offer during your time in Tokyo.

  • View the autumn colors at Nikko World Heritage site – Rinnoji Temple’s Japanese garden, “Shoyoen”

    29.October.2017 | SPOT

    A light-up event will be held at “Shoyoen,” the Japanese garden inside the temple grounds of Rinnoji Temple which is a World Heritage site located in Nikko. This event will be held between October 25th (Wed.)~November 15th (Wed.). In addition, for the 3 days, November 3rd (Fri. & national holiday) to the 5th (Sun.), another light-up event titled “Light-Up Nikko 2017” will be held at “Taiyuin.” Various buildings and surroundings will be lit-up so visitors can enjoy the autumn colors by walking all the way from Niomon Gate to the “haiden” (praying hall).


    The Japanese garden, Shoyoen is a very popular autumn color spot in Nikko. The garden with an area of 3,200 square meters was constructed next to Rinnoji Temple over 1250 years ago. It is a representative Japanese garden built in the Edo period. It was made so that visitors can enjoy the garden by walking around the pond.


    As a special event during this season the event titled, “Shoyoen / Daiyuin × “light” × “sound” Fantasy Scroll” will be held. Various classical Japanese instruments will be played including a koto performance by prominent koto player, Fumiko Kazuhisa.


    Furthermore, shinobue and shakuhachi performances will take place inviting you to a mysterious world. In addition to the events, “Shoyoen light-up” and “Light-up Nikko 2017,” at the honden and Taiyuin a “goshuin” with a red seal confirming a night temple visit will be issued.


    Why not go to Nikko and enjoy a very special autumn evening.



    Shoyoen Light-up

    Duration: October 25th (Wed.) ~ Nov. 15th (Wed.)

    Hours: 17:00~20:00(Mid-Oct.) 16:00~20:00(Mid-Nov.) 16:00~21:00(Nov. 3rd, 4th, 5th) *entrance will be allowed until 30 minutes before closure

    Venue: Nikko Rinnoji Temple Shoyoen Garden

    Entrance fee:500 yen *Houmotsuden entrance fee is separate * Daytime entrance fee will not cover night time entrance fee *elementary and junior high students accompanied with adults and children under school age are free

    Shoyoen and Houmotsuden website: http://rinnoji.or.jp/precincts/houmotsuden

    Taiyuin Light-up

    Duration: November 3rd (Fri. & national holiday) ~ Nov. 5th (Sun.)

    Hours: 16:00~21:00 *entrance will be allowed until 30 minutes before closure

    Venue: Taiyuin, Rinnoji, Nikko

    Entrance fee:550 yen / child (elementary and jr. high) 250 yen

    Shuttle bus: Sanbutsudo ⇔ Taiyuin  free bus service

    Nov. 3rd to Nov. 5th (shuttle bus service on an as-needed basis)

    Taiyuin website:http://rinnoji.or.jp/precincts/taiyuin



    Sanbutsudo (Three Buddha Hall) night visit – issuance of a gold letter “goshuin”

    Duration: Oct. 25 ~ Oct. 31st 17:00~20:00

              Nov. 1st ~ Nov. 15th 16:00~20:00

              Nov. 3rd ~ Nov. 5th 16:00~21:00 (only during Light-up Nikko event)

              *this “goshuin” will not be issued at times other than specified above.

    Venue: Sanbutsudo, Rinnoji, Nikko

    Issuance fee: 500 yen

    Visitation fee: free (During light-up period special front entrance visit will be allowed)

    Sanbutsudo website: http://rinnoji.or.jp/precincts/sanbutsudo

    Taiyuin – Night visit – issuance of a gold letter “goshuin”

    Duration: Nov. 3rd ~ Nov. 5th 16:00~21:00 (only during Light-up Nikko event)

    *this “goshuin” will not be issued at times other than specified above.

    Venue: Taiyuin, Rinnoji, Nikko

    Issuance fee: 500 yen

    Visitation fee: adults – 500yen / Child (elementary and jr. high) 250 yen

    Shoyoen / Daiyuin × “light” × “sound” Fantasy Scroll

    Oct. 28th (Sat.) 29th (Sun.)  17:30 (light-up)

    Nov. 3rd (Fri. & national holiday) Nov. 4th (Sat.) 14:00 (daytime) 17:00 (light-up)

    Nov. 5th (Sun.) 14:00 (daytime)

    Venue: Shoyoen Garden, Rinnoji, Nikko

    Entrance fee: free *entrance fee to the garden is necessary

         Daytime – adult 300 yen / child (elementary and jr. high) 100 yen (includes fee to Homotsuden)

    Light-up – Adult 500 yen / Child (under jr. high) free

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    Time: Nov. 3rd (Fri. national holiday), 4th (Sat.) 5th (Sun.) 18:30 (light-up)

    Venue: Taiyuin, Rinnoji, Nikko

    Entrance fee: free  *entrance fee to Taiyuin is necessary

                  Adult – 550 yen Child – 250 yen


    Koto – Miwako Waku

    Koto – Tomoyo Maekawa

    Shinobue & Nokan – Yoshihiro Karino

    Shakuhachi – Chikuzan Fukuda

    *Depending on weather conditions the time and the content of the concert may be changed without notice

  • Purin specialist shop “Nikko Purin Tei” releases new Nikko-standard souvenir – the gold leaf purin

    16.September.2017 | FOOD

    “Nikko Purin Tei,” a shop located in Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture specialising in Japanese ‘purin’ or ‘pudding,’ are now selling soft cream topped with gold leaf to commemorate 4 years since the gorgeous “Yomeimon” of Nikkō Tōshō-gū, a Shinto shrine in Nikko, underwent renovation and opened to the general public.


    Renovation of “Yomeimon,” the main gate of Nikkō Tōshō-gū started 4 years ago as part of the Heisei Renovations. It reopened this year in March.

    The ‘kinpaku’ or ‘gold leaf’ purin is designed around the spectacular Yomeimon. The traditional full-bodied purin is made using milk and eggs from Nikko and is on top of which sits a refreshing yet rich soft cream topped with gold leaf. The gold leaf turns it into a luxury soft cream purin. Priced at an affordable ¥500, only 10 will be sold each day.


    As well as the purin, they are also selling sweets and smoothies using strawberries picked in Tochigi Prefecture and more. They are stocked with plenty of delectable perfect as a souvenir from Nikko. The shop itself was renovated from an old Japanese residence and now also has a café space. If you’re sightseeing around Nikko then it’s a great place to stop by and relax to let the fatigue of travel melt away.


    If you’re heading to Nikko, then make sure to arrive at the shop early to get one of the 10-a-day gold leaf purin soft creams.



    Kinpaku Purin

    Price: ¥500 (tax incl.)

    Note: Limited to 10 per day

    Shop: “Nikko Purin Tei” (日光ぷりん亭 ) (Address: 1017 Kamihatsuishimachi, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture)

    Hours: 10am-5pm

    TEL: (0288)25-6186

    Website: http://nikko-pudding.jp/

  • World heritage site finally opens sacred doors to the public for limited period – The Nikko Rinnoji Taiyuin’s Kakuredo is now open!

    14.August.2017 | SPOT

    World heritage site Nikko Rinnoji Taiyuin Temple has opened its “Kakuredo” for a five-day period from Friday 11th August (national holiday) to Tuesday 15th August. The “Kakuredo” is dedicated to the image of Gautama Buddha and his two attendants. During this period, a cool, evening market called the “Yuusuzumi Marché in Nikkozan Rinnoji” will also be open on the grounds of Sanbutsudo Temple.


    Up until now, the Kakuredo has never opened its doors to the public. However, as its appearance is completely different to any other temple, the decision was finally made to allow the public to view this hidden treasure for a limited period.


    The mausoleum (a grand building holding tombs) of the third Shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty (Tokugawa Iemitsu), is located on the same grounds as the Taiyuin. Here, a total of 22 national treasures and cultural assets have been built. To pay respects to the back of the main shrine of the special “Kakuredo” during this limited period event is a very unique experience.


    “The grave of Tokugawa Iemitsu’s grandfather Tokugawa Ieyasu, (the Nikko Tosho-gu) must not be surpassed” were the instructions given. Therefore, it is decorated with basic tones of gold and black for a calm appearance.


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    The front shrine, intermediate room and main shrine, which were appointed as national treasures, face the Nikko Tosho-gu. Through this, the respect of Tokugawa Iemitsu towards Tokugawa Ieyasu can be felt. During the limited period Kakuredo event, 1000 limited edition shrine stamps containing the Shogun’s special seal in gold letters will be available – something a collector of shrine stamps cannot resist!


    Don’t forget – the Yuusuzumi Marché takes place on the premises of Sanbutsudo during this same period! Enjoy Yakisoba, Nikko’s beef, the Japanese natural shaved ice dessert “Kakigori”, Tochigi beer and many other local gourmet foods and drinks to your heart’s content.


    Please come visit Taiyuin for this fantastic opportunity!



    Taiyuin Kakuredou special opening

    Limited period:Friday 11th (national holiday ) ~ Tuesday 15th August 2017

    Opening hours:17:00~18:30 (19:00 closing time)

    Location:Nikkozan Rinnoji Taiyuin

    Fee:Taiyuin entry ticket: Adults: ¥550/Elementary/middle school children: ¥250


    Yuusuzumi Marché in Nikkozan Rinnoji

    Limited period:Friday 11th (national holiday ) ~ Tuesday 15th August 2017

    Time:12:00 ~ 19:00

    Location:Nikkozan Rinnoji Sanbutsudo

    ※ There is a free shuttle bus service running from Yuusuzumi Marché, Sanbutsudo to the Taiyuin.

    (Scheduled shuttle bus service period: 16:30~19:30 from 11th August ~ 15th August)

    Official site:http://rinnoji.or.jp/precincts/taiyuin


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  • The perfect souvenir from Nikkou! Pudding specialist shop Nikkoupurintei makes puddings with local ingredients!

    24.July.2017 | FOOD / SPOT

    On Friday 21st July 2017, pudding specialist shop Nikkoupurintei opened near Nikkou Toushou-gu’s sacred “Shinkyo” bridge. This shop uses ingredients sourced from Nikko.


    Lush with nature and rich with historical cultural heritage, Nikkou is blessed with numerous tourist attractions. Now, the pudding specialist Nikkoupurintei has opened near Nikkou Toushou-gu, Shinkyo.

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    The interior was once an old Japanese-style house. It has now been renovated, overflowing with a Taisho Roman theme. This cute, retro shop uses ingredients sourced from Nikko to make homemade puddings, original pudding soft cream, strawberry smoothies and much more. The shop also sells sweet treats made from strawberries sourced from Tochigi prefecture.


    Nikkoupurintei uses milk from Nikkou Kirifuri Kogen Ozasa Bokujo and eggs sourced from Nikko to make melt-in-the-mouth pudding. The milk used comes from Brown Swiss cows, which is still rare in Japan. The rich and strong taste of this milk has a hint of sweetness, which is what makes the pudding taste so special.


    With Nikkou Pudding as a base, the shop also sells a Japanese-style traditional dessert called “Mitarashi Pudding”, served up with a special sauce that was made using fresh spring water from Nikkou. Other desserts include the “Otome Pudding”, which is a strawberry jelly pudding made from tochiotome strawberries and strawberries sourced from Tochigi prefecture.

    The shop also includes a café space, so check out this place as a tourist spot too!


    Address : 1017 Banchi, Kamihatsuishimachi, Nikkou, Tochigi prefecture

    Opening hours: 10:00 〜 16:00
    TEL   : (0288)25-6186
    URL   : http://nikko-pudding.jp/

    Product name:Nikkou Pudding (Using milk sourced from Nikkou & eggs)
    Price  :¥380

    Product name:Otome Pudding (Pudding made with Tochigi stawberries)
    Price  :¥420

    Product name:Mitarashi Pudding (Using a special Nikkou sauce)
    Price :¥380



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