Here are the top best hiking trails here in in Nikko Japan.

Planning some hiking ideas with guests.

Grade I: One to two hours of actual hiking time –

  1. Toyama / Sotoyama / To Mountain / Soto Mountain 4.3km 2hr Class 1 *
  2. Lake Yu (Yunoko) 3.0km 1hr Class 1 *
  1. Onsen Temple 1km 1hr Class 1 *
  2. Takino Path / Shiraito Waterfall Class 1

Grade II: Less than half a day of actual hiking time –

  1. Sasamekura Class 2 [see the restaurant at the base of the trail, Seryuin Yamagoya Cafe]
  2. Suginamiki Park (walking, not hiking) Class 1

Grade III: Half a day of actual hiking time –

  1. Senjogahara (sometimes spelled Senjougahara) 6.3km 2:30 – 5 hr Class 1 *
  2. Odashirogahara : See Senjogahara 7.2km 2:30hr Class 1 *
  3. Lake Sai (sainoko) / via Senjugamana or Odashirogahara 7.0km add 3:00hr Class 2 *
  4. Akechidaira Plateau 4hr (Lake Chuzenji Trailhead via Chanokidaira Plateau) Class 2 *
  5. Mt. Hangetsu 5hr (Lake Chuzenji Trailhead via Chanokidaira Plateau) Class 2 *
  6. Takayama Class 2 *
  7. Daiya River Park Class 1

Grade IV: Full day of actual hiking time –

  1. Nantai Mountain 5km 6:30hr (Southern Trail Head at Futarasan Shrine on Lake Chuzenji) Class 3 *
  2. Lake Kirikomi / Lake Karikomi 9.7km 4:20hr Class 2 *
  3. Lake Chuzenji – section 1 (circumnavigate) : Shobugahama to Senjugahama 4:00hr Class 3
  4. Lake Chuzenji – section 2 (circumnavigate) Senjugahama to Mujinakubo (Hangetsu Mountain trailhead) 12.6km 5:00hr Class 2 *
  5. Shirane Mountain 8:30hr Class 3 *
  6. Taro Mountain Class 2 *

Grade V: Two day (both can be full day hikes if you have a 4WD vehicle to navigate this portion)

  1. Nantai Mountain 10:00hr (northern trail from Kotoku (Sleep at free cabin : Shizu Hut) Class 3
  2. Nyoho Mountain 10:00hr (sleep at free cabin : Shizu Hut) Class 3

a (*) means that the hiking trail is in Nikko National Park

Lake Chuzenji hiking – Section 2/3 Senjudo Temple  (Senjugahama to Mujinakubo)

Lake Chuzenji hiking – Section 2/3 Senjudo Temple (Senjugahama to Mujinakubo)

a great hike with cliffs and creeks and a magnificent temple
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Hiking Shirane

Hiking Shirane

Shirane Mountain hiking  - Nikko National Park

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Ryuokyo Ravine & Gorge

Ryuokyo Ravine & Gorge

Unlike the stone at Ryuzu (Dragon's head) waterfall in another part of Nikko, there isn't a stone that looks like a dragon.  This area is named after the "home" of the dragon, after all.

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Senjogahara Hiking

Senjogahara Hiking Nikko Senjougahara

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Chuzenji Lake hiking – Section 1/3 – Kumakubo (Bear Cove)

The hike to Bear Cove can also be part of the Takayama hike as you can read here >. Bear Cove is one of my top spots. love. it.

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Lake Sai (sainoko) (West Lake)

Tucked away from the attention of the most travelers and even locals exists a barron lake west of Lake Chuzenji.

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Hiking Lake Yu (Yunoko) Yumoto Onsen

Most travelers get to Lake Yu by hiking up from Senjogahara or by the bus....

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Hiking Hangetsu Mountain (half-moon mountain)

The trailhead is walking distance from either the Kegon...

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Hiking Nantai Mountain

Hiking Nantai Mountain

To get to the Nantai southern trailhead / torii / gate at...

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Hiking Nyoho Mountain 女峰山 (woman’s body)

Hiking Nyoho Mountain Nikko Japan is simply beautiful. It's location is...

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Hiking Takayama (hawk mountain)

The trailhead for hiking Takayama in Nikko Japan is near the parking area...

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Hiking Toyama (open-air mountain)

From the southern beginning of Nikko National Park where...

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Nyoho Mountain from Futarasan

Starting the hike in the Nikko Unesco World Heritage area near...

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Kotoku Marsh, Nikko Japan

Kotoku Marsh, Nikko Japan at an altitude of ~1,300m above sea level...

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Snow Hiking in Senjogahara

Along most of the main trail on the hiking paths of Senjogahara is...

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