Nikko Edomura - a scenic wonderland, a step back in time and an amazing cultural experience not far from Tokyo.
We were spending several days in Tokyo before our snow adventures started. This allowed us to spend a day at Nikko Edomura, where we were able to experience the Edo Period. At Edo Wonderland you can step back in time to 17th century Japan. You can explore the beauty of the Tochigi Prefecture and also experience the culture and interesting characters of the Edo Era at Edo Wonderland.
We only had one day to experience this beautiful area, so we couldn't explore the national parks, mountainous landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs and hiking trails around the area. This will be a must visit on our next trip to Japan, as the area is stunning.
Nikko Edomura (Edo Wonderland) which is a theme park recreating Japanese town life during the Edo Period (1603-1868). There is much to see and experience at the park, which is really a small town built in Edo style architecture and populated by townspeople in period costume. You also can dress up in period costumes when you visit the park, participate in games and see live shows and theater.
We took the Tobu line from Asakusa to Kinugawa Onsen, choosing the express train, costing 1000 yen extra but well worth the reduced travel time. After arriving at Kinugawa Onsen Station you can take the local bus to Edo Wonderland park.
As our visit to the Nikko Edomura was in winter, there were very few people at the park. Winter is certainly not the most popular time to visit the park, but there was still plenty to see, experience and participate in. I particularly love the snow and found the scenery and surroundings beautiful.
The scenery in the village is stunning and definitely beautiful to photograph in winter.
Just inside the entrance to Nikko Edomura.
One of the paths through the village. These paths are normally occupied with Ninja and people in costume, but the day was extremely cold, as such not many people were out.
In one of the many quaint restaurants you can find in the village, this was the view we had whilst eating a delicious lunch.
Some of the citizens of the village in their traditional costumes.
The Ninja training house. A must to visit. This really tests your balance.