Nikko is a beautiful town in Nikko National Park, mostly known for Japan's most extravagantly decorated shrine, Toshogu. and the tomb of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Largely a Shinto and Buddhist centred mountain worship town, Nikko displays perfect scenic landscapes, with beautiful waterfalls, lakes, hot springs, hiking trails, and even some mischievous monkeys!
Sotto Voce is a small cafe about a 6-7 minute walk from Tobu Nikko station. Open from 9am til sunset they serve up lovely dishes full of delicious vegetables. Lunch ranges from about 1000-2000 yen per person. Servings are quite reasonable too.
They also have a huge variety of herbal tea here too, so don't forget to order a cuppa after your meal!
262 Matsubaramachi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken
Located just a 5 minute walk from Tobu Nikko station, Maruhide Shokudo, offers diners a wide range of western and Japanese style dishes. There's something for everyone. Open from lunch to dinner it's a good spot to grab something later in the day. Prices range from 1000-2000 yen per person.
Whether you feel like Japanese style noodle soup or a western style burger with all the trimmings Maruhide does a pretty good job of getting the flavours right!
1F Hotel Viva Nikko, 255 Matsubara-cho, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken
Kamaya Cafe du Reverbere
Probably the most popular restaurant in town with visitors, the french-style cooking at Kamaya is superb. Just a short 2 min walk from Tobu Nikko station and you'll find plenty of options for cafe style meals. There's pasta, pizza, hamburg, and my favourite, roast beef! Prices are around 1000-3000 yen.
Pasta is sure to fill that empty stomach after a long day hiking and temple touring!
12-6 Matsubara-cho, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken
Cafe la Saison - Kanaya Hotel Bakery
Located inside Kanaya Hotel is Cafe la Saison Bakery. Just a mere 100 metres from Tobu Nikko station. They have a wide selection of breads and pastries as well as some solid options too. Prices range around the 1000 yen mark. Try the sandwich or the past, and why not get it to go and enjoy the outdoors!
The ham-katsu burger does the trick too if your after something quick and easy!
1-2F 1-7, Matsubara-cho, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken
The meals at Mako are more of a hearty affair with their special bold beef stews and western style dishes. If you're hungry and tired this is a great place to unwind and re-energise! Located a few minutes walk from Tobu Nikko station. Prices are very reasonable with the average around 1500 yen.
Don't forget about dessert either, the pancakes here look bomb!
3-321-2 Inarimachi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken