Nikko Kaido is part of the Edo 5 routes.  

The road is quite a unique road to ride and drive on.  Most of it is rather wide with bike paths & sidewalks with trees often between them and the road itself.  There are also many water towers, stations, shrines, statues and historical points.

The cherry blossoms were in full bloom during this trip, along with other types of flowers. 

This cycling trip started in central Nikko near Takino Shrine near Imaichi-shuku (今市宿).  It was a short trip that only included 2 stations Ōzawa-shuku (大沢宿) and Tokujirō-shuku (徳次郎宿) before turning around near Utsunomiya-shuku (宇都宮宿).

It was about 65km over 5.5 hours, including an hour lunch in Utsunomiya Central Park.  Thanks to Nicole and Kitty for their company.  Great fun on your 3 month cycling journey Nicole.

Nikko Kaido is also part of the Guinness World Record holder for the “Longest Avenue of Trees”.

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leaving Takino Shrine, entering Nikko Kaido
leaving Takino Shrine, entering Nikko Kaido
original section of Nikko Kaido
original section of Nikko Kaido
along a modern section on Nikko Kaido
along a modern section on Nikko Kaido
biking path along Nikko Kaido
biking path along Nikko Kaido
bike path Nikko Kaido
bike path Nikko Kaido
scenic ride on Nikko Kaido
scenic ride on Nikko Kaido
touring on Nikko Kaido
touring on Nikko Kaido
bamboo forest Nikko Kaido
bamboo forest Nikko Kaido
orchard on Nikko Kaido
orchard on Nikko Kaido
stations & shrines on Nikko Kaido
stations & shrines on Nikko Kaido
cherry trees on Nikko Kaido
cherry trees on Nikko Kaido
full cherry blossoms Nikko Kaido
full cherry blossoms Nikko Kaido
historical tree Nikko Kaido
historical tree Nikko Kaido
water pump station Nikko Kaido
water pump station Nikko Kaido
cycling canopies of Cherry Blossoms Nikko Kaido
cycling canopies of Cherry Blossoms Nikko Kaido
spring flowers Nikko Kaido
spring flowers Nikko Kaido
white sakura blossoms Nikko Kaido
white sakura blossoms Nikko Kaido
Nikko Kaido Cherry Blossoms
Nikko Kaido Cherry Blossoms
sakura Nikko Kaido
sakura Nikko Kaido