Hiking Nikko Japan – Toyama
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.
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 >
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 >
For a good part of the trail, you hike the ridge line >
Just around a corner, an incredibly impressionable gate stands >
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 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 >
The ropeway and power line don’t seem to be in operation anymore. I will have to return here soon to update the photographs with the view >