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

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