Summertime in Japan lends itself to outdoor activities, spending time in nature, watching fireworks, and enjoying festivals. There are endless ways to enjoy summer in and around Nikko, from wandering its green parks and hiking its magnificent mountains, to water sports, festivals, and gazing up at the clear, star-filled sky on summer evenings. Watch our Summer Video to see what awaits in Nikko during this vibrant season, and read on to discover Nikko’s summer highlights.
Enjoy Nikko’s natural beauty
Stroll a section of Nikko Suginamiki Kaido (Nikko Cedar Avenue), lined with towering cedar trees, for the ultimate immersion in Nikko’s nature. The avenue extends 35 kilometers to the World Heritage Shrines and Temples of Nikko. Nikko Suginamiki Koen Park surrounds and protects Nikko Suginamiki Kaido, and features an old-fashioned water mill once used in the production of cedar incense sticks. Enjoy seasonal flowers, including Japanese primrose at Senjugahama Beach on Lake Chuzenji (June), and the bright yellow Nikko kisuge, a type of daylily, at Kirifuri Highland (late June–early July). Rafting and canyoning on the Kinugawa River provide hours of fun and an adventurous way to escape the heat. For an even greater physical challenge, hike up Mt. Nikko-Shirane (2,578 m) for panoramic views of Lake Chuzenji and Mt. Nantai, while enjoying the cooler air at high altitudes.