Hiking Nikko Japan – Toyama

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From the southern beginning of Nikko National Park where Shinkyo Bridge and the gate to Toshogu shrine, it takes 30 to 40 minutes to walk and hike to the peak of Toyama. Round trip takes about an hour and a half to two hours.

The name will vary depending on where you look; To Mountain, Soto Mountain, Toyama, and Sotoyama.

There is a gate at the entrance, just off the residential area and street
There is a gate at the entrance, just off the residential area and street
Very soon on the trail you continue to pass through gates
Very soon on the trail you continue to pass through gates
The trail itself is pretty straight forward; it’s a hike with a gradual incline
The trail itself is pretty straight forward; it’s a hike with a gradual incline
For a good part of the trail, you hike the ridge line
For a good part of the trail, you hike the ridge line
Just around a corner, an incredibly impressionable gate stands
Just around a corner, an incredibly impressionable gate stands
Looking back on the gate from further along and higher on the trail
Looking back on the gate from further along and higher on the trail
There was heavy fog and mist on the day of the hike and a powerful bright Sun trying to shine through
There was heavy fog and mist on the day of the hike and a powerful bright Sun trying to shine through
There are many gates along the trail and several statues and shrines on the peak. The name of the mountain is Soto, which in Japanese means “open air”
There are many gates along the trail and several statues and shrines on the peak. The name of the mountain is Soto, which in Japanese means “open air”
On a clear day, you can see the village below
On a clear day, you can see the village below
The ropeway and power line don’t seem to be in operation anymore.
The ropeway and power line don’t seem to be in operation anymore.