Nikko is a city located 150km north of Tokyo and it takes 2 hours by car or Tobu express train from Asakusa takes you there for only 1 hour and 48 mins. This area is famous as a national park and many people visit there through all seasons.
Some of the famous sightseeing spots are Kegon Falls, Chuzen-ji Lake, Senzyo-gahara and Tosho-gu.
1. Kegon Falls
The falls were formed when the Daiya River was rerouted by lava flows. The main falls had a height of approximately 97 meters (318 ft) and about twelve smaller waterfalls are situated behind and to the sides of Kegon Falls, leaking through the many cracks between the mountain and the lava flows.
The lake was created when the lava from Nantai-san mountain blocked a river. In spring, cherry blossoms are blooming. In summer, people can escape the heat and enjoy bird watching and hiking. In fall of course, there are the famous beautiful autumn leaves and in winter there is the Snow and Ice Festival, plus winter sports like skiing and skating.
Senjōgahara (戦場ヶ原) is a 4 square kilometers area near the Chuzen-ji lake. It is 1,400 meters above sea-level. Senjōgahara can be translated as 'battlefield' but refers to a mythical battle, and not to any historical one. The moor was made by the accumulation of water plants and became peat surface.
The shrine enshrined Tokugaa Ieyasu who controlled all over Japan in 1603 and established Edo government in Tokyo. He died in his own hometown, Shizuoka, but his dying wish was to rest among Nikko's towering ceders. So the tomb and the shrine was built to enshrine Tokugawa Ieyasu. His ground son, Iemitsu, commenced work on the colossal shrine that can be seen today, using 15,000 artisans from across Japan , who took 1 year and 5 month to complete the project.