Hiking Nikko Japan – Toyama

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From the southern beginning of Nikko National Park where Shinkyo Bridge and the gate to Toshogu shrine, it takes 30 to 40 minutes to walk and hike to the peak of Toyama. Round trip takes about an hour and a half to two hours.

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The name will vary depending on where you look; To Mountain, Soto Mountain, Toyama, and Sotoyama.

There is a gate at the entrance, just off the residential area and street

There is a gate at the entrance, just off the residential area and street

Very soon on the trail you continue to pass through gates

Very soon on the trail you continue to pass through gates

The trail itself is pretty straight forward; it’s a hike with a gradual incline

The trail itself is pretty straight forward; it’s a hike with a gradual incline

For a good part of the trail, you hike the ridge line

For a good part of the trail, you hike the ridge line

Just around a corner, an incredibly impressionable gate stands

Just around a corner, an incredibly impressionable gate stands

Looking back on the gate from further along and higher on the trail

Looking back on the gate from further along and higher on the trail

There was heavy fog and mist on the day of the hike and a powerful bright Sun trying to shine through

There was heavy fog and mist on the day of the hike and a powerful bright Sun trying to shine through

There are many gates along the trail and several statues and shrines on the peak. The name of the mountain is Soto, which in Japanese means “open air”

There are many gates along the trail and several statues and shrines on the peak. The name of the mountain is Soto, which in Japanese means “open air”

On a clear day, you can see the village below

On a clear day, you can see the village below

The ropeway and power line don’t seem to be in operation anymore.

The ropeway and power line don’t seem to be in operation anymore.

 

 

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