Nikkō (日光) is a small town at the entrance to Nikko National Park in Tochigi prefecture, about one hour by train to the north from Tokyo. It is famous for its numerous Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines, some of them on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Apart from the mausoleums of the Tokugawa Shoguns, often crowded with tourists, there are many hidden treasures off-the-beaten path, such as Narabi-jizo or the landscape around Lake Chusenji. One Japanese saying declares: "Don't say 'magnificent' until you've seen Nikko"

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