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Day 1 of Winter Travel in Nikko ~ SL “TAIJU,” Kegon Falls, and Lake Chuzenji

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Exploring Nikko Highway

Nikko Highway is one of the five highways established during Japan’s Edo period. It stretches from the Nihonbashi of Edo period (presently Nihonbashi in Chuo-ku of Tokyo) to Nikko Bochu (presently Yamauchi in Nikko City of Tochigi Prefecture). The portion of the road in Nikko is lined with cafés, traditional crafts shops, and more.

Photographing shops

Café and gallery “Niemon”
Café and gallery “Niemon”
Nikko-bori and Mashiko ware store “Saikoubou”
Nikko-bori and Mashiko ware store “Saikoubou”
Beer restaurant in a retro building “Enya”
Beer restaurant in a retro building “Enya”
Nikko Fire Station
Nikko Fire Station

Nikkoshikyodo Center

Nikkoshikyodo Center offers visitors a variety of sightseeing pamphlets, as well as areas dedicated to introducing traditional crafts and special products.
When I visited, there were a lot of exhibits related to Japan’s traditional festival “Hina Matsuri” since it was close to the festival’s dates.

Hina Dolls
Hina Dolls
OPEN

Nikkoshikyodo Center

Address
591 Gokomachi, Nikko City, Tochigi[MAP]
Business Hours
9:00am-5:00pm
Closed
Open every day

“Nikko-don” for Lunch at Kamaya Café du Reverbere

I decided to have lunch at “Kamaya Café du Reverbere,” near Tobu Nikko Sation.
Here you can enjoy a delicious meal made with local ingredients.

Menu board
Menu board
A chic atmosphere
A chic atmosphere

I ordered their signature dish, “Nikko-don.”

Salad and soup
Salad and soup

Their Nikko-don includes roast beef made with Tochigi Prefecture’s “Zen-Nikko Wagyu,” onsen tamago, and Nikko’s famous agemaki yuba.
“Yuba” is the skin that floats to the top when soy milk is boiled. The yuba in Nikko is thicker than that you’d find in Kyoto.

Nikko-don (Medium, 1,820 yen)
Nikko-don (Medium, 1,820 yen)
OPEN

Basic information on Kamaya Café du Reverbere

Address
12-6 Matsubaramachi, Nikko City, Tochigi[MAP]
Tel
0288-54-0685
Business Hours
11:00am-5:00pm (L.O. 4:00pm)
Closed
No scheduled holidays

Heading to Shimo-Imaichi Station

Next I moved on to Shimo-Imaichi Station to see the SL “TAIJU.”

Tobu Nikko Station’s ticket gate
Tobu Nikko Station’s ticket gate

A “Nikko Mode SPACIA” was stopped at the station.
“Nikko Mode SPACIA” is a special-painted version of the SPACIA trains, colored to represent the World Heritage Site Nisha Ichiji, which includes Nikko Toshogu Shrine. The train’s body was primarily painted a majestic gold, with accents of stoic black and glossy vermillion. Apparently this train only makes one round-trip voyage per day, so I was lucky to see it.

“Nikko Mode SPACIA”
“Nikko Mode SPACIA”

I traveled 2 stops by standard train, arriving at Shimo-Imaichi Station.

Shimo-Imaichi Station
Shimo-Imaichi Station

When I arrived, a new 500-series express train called “Revaty” was stopped and out of service.

Revaty
Revaty
Revaty
Revaty
Limited Express “SPACIA” going to Kinugawa-Onsen Station
Limited Express “SPACIA” going to Kinugawa-Onsen Station
The “Nikko Mode SPACIA” I saw earlier also pulled into the station
The “Nikko Mode SPACIA” I saw earlier also pulled into the station
“Nikko Mode SPACIA”
“Nikko Mode SPACIA”
Shimo-Imaichi Station’s ticket gate
Shimo-Imaichi Station’s ticket gate

Shimo-Imaichi was renovated into a retro-style wooden building in April of 2017, aligned with the operational start of SL “TAIJU.”

Shimo-Imaichi Station
Shimo-Imaichi Station