This post is continued from the previous post, Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 9, Yunokami Onsen to Nikko.
In Tobu Nikko station, it was very crowded. It was very beautiful day just after snowy day. The scenery was gorgeous and lots of tourists came over there. Tourist information center in the station was very busy.
Tobu Nikko station is the primary gateway to World Heritage Nikko. All bus services to major spots in Nikko depart from this station.
Actually I had only 2 hours there. So I just visited Nikko Toshogu shrine.
I got on the bus to Toshogu at Tobu Nikko station. The bus departs from both JR Nikko station and Tobu Nikko station. It runs very frequent. As long as you visit in daytime, you don’t need to worry about timetable.
Bus fare is 300 yen and I could use Suica.
Actually you can even walk to get there. I will talk about walking later.
Some of bus services take us up to “Omotesando” bus stop at the entrance of Toshogu. But when I was there, it was just after heavy snow. Bus could not go up there and I disembarked at Nishisando bus stop where is located at the base of the hill.
I walked up on the snow to Toshogu. Thanks for my snow boots. I could go up there easily.
Yomeimon (main gate) was under construction but I really enjoyed visiting there.
After I visited Nikko Toshogu, I tried to walk down to the station.
When I crossed the bridge, I saw Shinkyo bridge.
This bridge used to be on the way to Nikko Toshogu. Now we need to pay admission to cross this bridge.
It is going down the hill when I went to the station.
I recommend you to use the bus to go up and walk to go down. There are lots of shops and restaurants along this road. It took 25 minutes for me to go down to the station.
Some of you may visit Nikko by JR train. Especially if you use JR Pass, Tobu railway is not covered and JR Nikko line from Utsunomiya is the primary way to get there. JR Nikko station is only a few hundred meters away from Tobu Nikko station. It takes only 3 minutes by walk.
The exterior of JR Nikko station is gorgeous. But this station is not the primary gateway. It was so quiet in the station.
Most of bus services stop at JR Nikko station too. But there is no information center in this station. It was huge difference between Tobu Nikko station and JR Nikko station.
I took the bus to Matou station of Watarase Railway at JR Nikko station. I will write about bus trip to Matou station and Watarase Railway to Kiryu, Gumma pref. in next post, Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 11, Nikko to Ashio and Watarase Keikoku Railway.