4 kid-friendly experiences in Nikko

13 Jun 2018 in With Kids

Planning a family holiday in Japan? Here’s why Nikko is a great choice with children.

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It’s the entrance to one of Japan’s most spectacular national parks and home to the famed Toshogu Shrine. But Nikko also offers plenty for children.

Here are our top 4 tips for kids:

Edo Wonderland

History is hands-on and plenty of fun at this Edo-period theme park.

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Dress up as a ninja, a samurai, a princess or a feudal lord – and then step back in time to enter this perfectly-reconstructed Edo-era town.

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Kid-friendly activities include archery workshops, face painting and ninja shows.


Tobu World Square

Take a trip around the world with scale replicas of 102 world-famous buildings.

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From Himeji Castle to the Eiffel Tower, each site is immaculately reproduced on a 1:25 scale.

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Highlights from Japan include Kyoto’s temples and the iconic Tokyo Skytree.


Kid’s Square (Chibikko Hiroba)

Here’s an adventure playground within easy access of the city – and with picnic opportunities aplenty.

Located in Nikko Athletic Park, Kid’s Square comes with an extra-long roller slide, a net climbing wall, and a tunnel shaped like a dragon egg.

Kids will love it!


Kinugawa River Cruise

Descend the Kinugawa river in a traditional wooden boat!

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A few big rocks and splashes add to the fun, but the ride is also about the scenery.

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In autumn, the colors are at their photogenic best!

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Where to stay?

Hoshino Resorts KAI Nikko, where all the family will be won over by the lakeside setting and open-air hot spring baths.

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Photo credits:

arcreyes [-ratamahatta-] / CC BY-NC-SA

chamzy90 / CC BY-ND

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