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I can't quite remember but I think you are supposed to do all the main mission again on a harder difficulty to unlock the "abyss dungeon"(basically a never ending dungeon with thousands of floors). Here just found this:

You have to beat Queens Eye in Way of the Samurai (first playthrough) by doing this will unlock DLC.

Also beating Queens Eye (first playthrough) will unlock Way of the Strong (which is NG+)

You can change between Samurai(normal) and Strong(hard) regions as you wish

So seems like Queens Eye mission is the key. 

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I kinda dislike super grindy games like this, which is why this game never even came close to comparing to Bloodborne for me.

As I recall, I was able to play an entirely new chapter/area with the first DLC.
If it unlocked anything in the older areas, I wouldn't know as I'm not too far into the first DLC yet. But if it did, I don't see why you'd have to start over? You could just do it now. You have access to every stage at any time, right?

If you want to get to the DLC without beating Way of the STRONG, go back to the World Map, hit Square to bring up the area select screen, hit square again to change the difficultly to "Way of the SAMURAI", select the "Tohoku Region" to start the Dragon of the North DLC.

How To Unlock Way of the DEMON(super hard) in Nioh

Beat The Game Twice
Yes, you read that right. Before you even think about punishing William further, you will need to complete two playthroughs of the game.

Way of the Demon essentially acts as Nioh's NG++. After beating the game for the first time, you will unlock Way of the Strong. Once you return to the game overview screen, you can choose any available mission on this difficulty. If you've got the DLC, complete all main missions on Way of the Strong and then return to the overview screen. Now you can get started on Way of the Demon!