Travel April 2019

Naturally Nikko

Exclusive special trip from Tobu Railway

Nestled in the mountains just two hours by train north of Tokyo, Nikko is famous for its beautiful scenery. The area’s splendid nature—including Nikko National Park, Lake Chuzenji, Mount Nantai and famous waterfalls—is dotted with shrines and villas, making it the perfect spot for a much-needed escape from the city.

Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. plans to launch a new tour from Tokyo to Nikko, and in preparation the firm is offering ACUMEN readers an exclusive opportunity to experience two of the area’s most intriguing destinations. On the luxurious two-day, one-night trip—on 15–16 June—you will stay at the lavish Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel and enjoy an exclusive breakfast and dinner. Also included is a return train ticket from Tokyo to Nikko.

Lakeside dining

Another special experience Tobu has arranged is a private dinner at the beautiful Chuzenji Lake Boat House. Originally built in the 1940s as a waterfront resort facility, the building has been restored and offers stunning views of the expansive lake and its beautiful shores.

Lake Chuzenji’s high elevation—1,269m above sea level—makes the heat of the Japanese summer more tolerable. In the past, this appealed to many embassies and enticed them to build summer villas alongside the lake.

The Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel

UK history

On this trip, you’ll visit the impressive British Embassy Villa Park for a delicious private breakfast. The former holiday home of Ernest Mason Satow, GCMG, PC, an influential British diplomat during the Meiji period (1868–1912), it later became the Embassy villa before being restored and opened to the public. From the black wooden building, you can see superb sights of the lake and surrounding natural beauty, as well as explore exhibitions on Satow’s life in Japan and British culture.

Given the verdant environment, the villa is surrounded by many delightful and relaxing ways to spend the day. Enjoy a boat cruise or ride a kayak on Lake Chuzenji, or hike the trails of beautiful Oku-Nikko, the mountainous area west of the city.

That’s just a taste of what awaits you on this rare advance look at one of Tobu Railway’s tours. Don’t miss the chance to see famous natural sights that are surprisingly close to the bustle of Tokyo, yet feel a world away.

To find out more or accept this invite, please contact Simon Farrell:

Seats are limited. Book now and don’t miss out on this exciting tour!

Tranquil views over Lake Chuzenji