Nikko is famous in Japan for its natural beauty. Located at the entrance to Nikko National Park, Nikko is home to many famous onsen, or hot springs. Nikko is a world Heritage Site and is home to Toshogu Shrine, the burial place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, a hugely influential figure in Japanese history. Located in the middle of a beautiful forest, this lavish complex consists of more than a dozen buildings. Unlike the traditional, simple architecture used in shrine architecture, this shrine is decorated with a large numer of wooden carvings and gold leaf is extensively used.
The nearby Nikko National Park is considered one of the most beautiful in Japan. A favourite destination of both Japanese and overseas travellers, the park landscape is stunning, featuring a number of breath taking waterfalls, notably Kegon Falls and Ryuuzu Falls, as well as the undeveloped, heavily forested Lake Chuzenji.