So far as I can tell, everything will be open. However, I do not know how crowded it will be. Many shrine and temples have large crowds on the new year holidays. I know that there is a major celebration the night before, and other celebrations during the first three days of the new year.
If you can make train reservations, and if you don't mind the crowds and the cold, I think that it will be worthwhile. There is one direct train each way from Shinjuku Station (with a stop at Ikebukuro). https:/…nikko_kinugawa.html You can make reservations for this on-line, beginning a month before departure: …eki-net.com/PC/…Guide.aspx
There are also trains from Asakusa (Tobu line), either direct or with one very easy transfer, but I do not know if there is an English-language on-liner reservation system for them.
Thanks roger...we will be in tokyo from dec 31 and leaving jan 4, so i guess in those days, most shrines will be crowded. We were thinking of getting the all nikko pass which includes the round trip ticket from asakusa. Not sure if we can buy them online.
We have been looking for places to visit on the days we are there, but looks like either the place is closed or it will be super crowded (shrines and temples)...hoping for suggestions on where else we can go. Thank you!
Nikko is foremost a temple/shrine complex. The main attractions is the Toshogu Shrine, which will be crowded but naturally so at the New Year.
The other delight could be Kinugawa Onsen town.
Nikko Edomura, Tobu World Square are minor additional attractions which might be closed.
The Tobu passes can be reserved on-line, but they have to be picked up at an office that's closed from Dec. 30 to Jan 3: www.tobu.co.jp/foreign/pass/all_pass.html Also, they don't include seat reservations.
The direct train from Shinjuku is not cheap, 3900 yen each way, but it's the only one I can find that has advance on-line reservations.
In Tokyo, you could certainly try visiting a shrine or temple just to experience the crowds. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2276.html (Don't bother with trying to see the Emperor. Crowds and not very exciting for non-Japanese visitors). Gardens are nice any time of year. Kiyosumi Teien seems to reopen on Jan 2: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3034_006.html
I have no idea whether this would be fun or not, but many people visit Takaosan, http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3029.html a small mountain with temple, shrine, and cable car, on New Years Eve, or to see the sun rise on New Years Day. There are trains all night from Shinjuku on the Keio Line, and a wide paved path to the top. Here's a blog I found: …blogspot.com/2008/01/new-years-on-takaosan.… My recollection is that you would see the sun rise from partway to the top. At the top, if you wander beyond the restaurants, you might get a good view of Mt. Fuji.
thanks again, roger. i wonder how the crowds will be like if we just decide to try our luck with the asakusa train. how early should we start? and is there a good chance to get a ticket?
hoping for a reply...thanks!
If I had to guess, I'd say that you would not be able to get a reserved ticket, and that the regular trains will be packed.
Hi, I am planning to visit Nikko from 2nd -4th Jan too :) the Tobu Nikko Pass can still be picked up at Skytree Tobu Group Tourist Plaza as the plaza is open everyday even on 1st of Jan. You can reserve online and pick it up there.
I am seriously worried about the crowd though.
can you share the link on how to make the online reservation for the pass that you got? i searched online but i get the site where the ticket booth is closed on the dates i am in tokyo and can only pick up the tickets.
yeah, we are worried about the crowd too, but well, should be part of the fun (hopefully!) :)
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