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WATARASE RAVINE RAILWAYS
EXCURSIONS TO NIKKO

A leisurely trip along the Watarase River on the classic Watarase Ravine Railways is a great way to spend a day off. The two courses below lay out a plan for eithering visiting the World Heritage site, Nikko Toshogu Shrine, or going to Chusenji Hot Springs for a day in the country. Either course provides ample opportunities for learning about Japan, its history, culture and environment.

Living here in Kiryu we are fortunate to be only a short distance from one of the world's most beautiful shrines. Visiting there any time of the year is great, but the autumn is particularly beautiful. Driving by car can be very frustrating during the fall foliage season... why not leave the driving to the train and bus conductors and relax!


WORLD HERITAGE SITE COURSE
Departs Kiryu at 9:04. Arrives Aioi Station at 9:13. Arrives Mato Station at 10:24. Departs Mato Bus Station at 11:22. Arrives JR Nikko Station at 11:58. From there the Tobu Bus departs at 11:11 and arrives at Nishi Sando at 11:18. Here passengers get off and visit the Tabozawa Goyotei (a former residence for past emperors, including some 106 rooms), Toshogu Shrine, Rinnoji Temple, Kosugi Hoan Commemorative Nikko Museum of Art, etc. The bus departs Nishi Sando Station at 15:42 and arrives at Kiyotaki at 15:49. It departs Kiyotaki at 16:00, arriving in Ashio at 16:35. From there, passengers proceed to the Watarase Ravine Railways Train Station and board the train at 17:28. It arrives at Aioi Station at 18:33 and Kiryu Station at 18:44.

NATURE COURSE
Departs Kiryu at 9:04. Arrives Aioi Station at 9:13. Arrives Mato Station at 10:24. Departs Mato Bus Station at 10:36. Arrives Kiyotaki at 10:50. From there the Tobu Bus departs at 11:09 and proceeds to Chusenji Hot Springs, arriving at 11:44. In Chusenji, passengers can visit Kegon Falls, the Nikko Museum of Natural History, Futara Shinto Shrine, cruising on Lake Chusenji, and riding on the Lake chusenji Ropeway for a panoramic view of the Nikko area. The Tobu Bus departs Chusenji Hot Springs at 15:25, arriving in Kiyotaki at 15:45. It departs Kiyotaki at 16:00, arriving in Ashio at 16:35. From there, passengers proceed to the Watarase Ravine Railways Train Station and board the train at 17:28. It arrives at Aioi Station at 18:33 and Kiryu Station at 18:44.


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