A Day at Regal Lake Chuzenji

Recommended Length: 1 Day

Spend a leisurely day boating and bathing at this picturesque lake that was the favorite summer holiday site for wealthy foreign diplomats. If you find yourself with extra time, you can visit the old ambassadors' villas around the lake.

Day 1

Nikko Station / Tobu-Nikko Station

By bus

45 minutes by buses bound for Chuzenji Onsen to the last stop

On the Water

Lakeside Temple

Tachiki Kannon, Nikkosan Chuzenji Temple

This branch temple of Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple was founded in 784 by Shodo, the first head priest of Nikko. The wooden statue for which it’s named—which represents Kannon, the thousand-armed goddess of mercy—is said to have been carved by Shodo himself. The temple is also home to several historically significant Buddha statues.

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History & Culture

On Foot

5-minute walk

Daytrip Onsen

Chuzenji Onsen

Chuzenji Onsen, located at the north end of Lake Chuzenji, is drawn from Nikko Yumoto Onsen, 12 kilometers away. Over that distance, the water—originally 78 degrees Celsius—gradually cools down to the perfect temperature for bathing. Visitors can also enjoy sightseeing spots near the resort such as Chugushi (a sub-shrine of Futarasan-jinja Shrine) and Kegon Falls, whose scenery changes dramatically as the seasons pass.

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By bus

45 minutes by buses bound for Nikko Station and Tobu-Nikko Station from Chuzenji Onsen bus stop

Nikko Station / Tobu-Nikko Station