Tobu Railway Launches Autumn 2022 "Nikko Foliage Midnight Train" between Asakusa, Tokyo and Nikko
Maximizes Foliage Viewing and Wellness Experiences in Nikko's Deep Nature.
By: TOBU Railway Co., Ltd
Oku-Nikko: A Place for Immersive Relaxation of Body and Mind – A Perfect Place for a Wellness Trip
The mountains with their brilliant autumn leaves, the pristine lake reflecting the sky and forests, the therapeutic hot springs, and the Zen meditation at spiritual temples and shrines, Oku-Nikko is the perfect place for a wellness trip.
Onsen (Hot Springs)
There are several hot springs in Oku-Nikko, Yumoto Onsen, located behind the Senjogahara Marshland and fed by Lake Yunoko, is a popular hot spring resort surrounded by abundant nature. It's a quiet village, founded about 1,200 year ago on the northern shore of Lake Yunoko. Often called the backwater of Nikko, it is famous for its cloudy sulfur spring water a believed treatment for neuralgia and rheumatism. It is said to have been discovered by Shodo Shonin, the founder of Nikko, about 1,200 years ago. There are footbaths available free of charge in the resort area, where visitors can casually reap the benefits of the hot spring water.
Yudaki is located on the opposite side of Lake Yunoko from Yumoto Onsen, where the Senjogahara Marshland begins. Senjogahara was a former lake that over time was transformed into a marshland, covering an area of about 1.5 square miles. This estuary is home to as many as 350 native plant species and is famous for its numerous species of wild birds. It is registered under the Ramsar Convention as a "wetland of international importance, especially as a habitat for waterfowl." There is a nature trail that encircles the area, and a hiking course that can be completed in about 2.5 hours. Hikers can experience varied and spectacular nature in the area.
Shakyo (Sutra copying)
Shakyo is the act of writing Buddhist sutras with ink and brush. It is popular not only among Japanese but also foreign tourists as a Japanese cultural experience. Shakyo, which involves carefully copying Buddhist sutras one character at a time, can only be accomplished with a high level of concentration. One of the most notable benefits of sutra copying is "mental stability." It has been found that beta endorphin, with analgesic properties, promoting a "sense of well-being,"
About Tobu Railway
TOBU Railway Co., Ltd. is a major Japanese corporation consisting of approximately 80 companies. The Tobu Railway covers the longest operating distance in Metropolitan Tokyo, leading to numerous tourist attractions including: Asakusa and TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN in Tokyo; Nikko and Kinugawa-Onsen, famous for its world heritage sites and hot springs; the Tatebayashi and Ashikaga areas, known for their blooming flower fields; and Kawagoe and Tochigi City, where the atmosphere of the old Edo era lives on. Tobu is also invested in a portfolio of hotels, including the newly opened The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko and FUFU Nikko Onsen Resort.
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