Guide to Nikko World Heritage Area

I wrote the post below following a great 3 days in Nikko World Heritage Area in August 2011. I arranged a local guide for a morning exploring Nikko’s main temples and shrines – and that guide that day was going ‘solo’ for the first time.

I have kept in contact with my guide Yoshiko (albeit by occasional FaceBook messages!). Mimi’s Nikko Journey website is now up an running, as well as a Blog that has a focus on foreigners who are learning Japanese & Japanese culture.

I would recommend the Systemised Goodwill Guides (SGG) all over Japan. For your next trip to Nikko, contact Nikko SGG Club at


Travelling to Japan soon? Not sure of which highlights to take in? Check out the great downloads at the Japan National Tourism Organisationwebsite.

Be sure to take in the cultural and spiritual history of Japan at the Nikko World Heritage area about 2 hours by train north of Tokyo. Nikko is at the foot of Mt. Nyoho-san in western Tochigi and has developed as the temple town for Futara-san-jinja Shrine, Toshogu Shrine and Rin-no-ji Temple.

Get the most out of your visit to the Nikko World Heritage area is by engaging a local guide. While there are incredible visual treats to take in, there can be important elements missed, for no other reason than limited English language translations at the monuments, shrines and temples.

I was lucky enough to have Yoshiko Horie guide me around the key Nikko shrines and temples in her volunteer role with the Nikko SGG (Systematic Guide Group).

I can recommend Yoshiko’s knowledge and interest, and her willingness to share the tremendous culture of Nikko with us foreigners!


About TonyJ2

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Now it has got a bit out of control. After nine trips, 100+ posts and another 200 in rough draft, my irregular postings on Having a Ball in Japan will go on for a few years yet. Having a Ball in Japan is not just a bunch of travel photos, and picks up my interests in the history and culture of Japan, emergency services and disaster management, as well as hours travelling by railways big, small and tiny. Awareness to Action takes the emergency services and disaster management theme deeper into experience and resilience. Effectively Awareness to Action is my professional blog. My partner and I have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travel both in Australia and overseas. Escaping the Nest chronicles our times in United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and soon to be Ireland. Tony
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