Two hours from Tokyo

Alex Meehan swaps the urban hustle and bustle of Japan’s capital for its much quieter mountainous cousin Nikko, a favoured bolthole of comfort for well-heeled types.

20th March, 2015
Lake Chuzenji at Nokki: an area of unusual natural beauty that lies 140 kilometres to the north-west of Tokyo

Located in the mountains of Tochigi prefecture, Nikko is in many ways the opposite of Japan’s capital Tokyo. Where Tokyo is an exciting, frenetic and exhausting urban sprawl, Nikko is an exhaled breath.

Around a two-hour journey by train, or 140 kilometres to the north west of Japan’s capital city, Nikko is a traditional bolthole for well-heeled Tokyo-ites looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The area is best known...

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