Nikko, or sunlight in Japanese, is home to unspoiled forests enveloping ancient temples and a spirit rooted in local traditions. With just two days to explore the area, one can discover its history, cuisine and natural beauty.
SALUTE THE SUN
Start the day with yoga (it’s sometimes hosted on the resort terrace) followed by breakfast at The Japanese Restaurant.
THE SPIRIT OF MUSIC
Head to the Futarasan shrine to watch a ritual dance expressing Japanese religious and spiritual traditions. The resort concierge can assist with making the advance reservation.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Nikko’s traditional woodwork has been around for 350 years and features detailed, flowing designs and a lacquered finish. Arrange for a private class where you’ll create your own piece to take home.
FARM TO TABLE
Back at the resort, sit down for dinner at The Japanese Restaurant. The connection between the chefs and area purveyors shines through in the Japanese dishes featuring local ingredients. Items are presented on traditional Mashiko wares.
STEAMED TO PERFECTION
Japan’s natural hot springs are known for their relaxing and healing properties. The resort is the only of The Ritz-Carlton to have its very own. It’s the perfect way to wind down the day.
SIP & SAVOR
After a full day out, settle into The Ritz-Carlton Bar for relaxing music paired with a cocktail showcasing local ingredients or a fine Japanese whiskey served over hand-chipped ice.