Best Memories of Nikko


Yuki K.

4.76 / 5
(317 reviews)
10 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

I will take you to Tosho-Gu Shrine and Rinno-Ji Temple in Nikko. Tosho-Gu was built about 400 years ago to worship Ieyasu Tokugawa who started Edo Period. It has just renovated as it was in early Edo period where you can see many beautiful buildings with carvings of animals such as the three monkeys and the sleeping cat. Rinno-Ji was established in 766 and combined with Tosho-Gu until 150 years ago. We will use a express train to Nikko and a bus there.

Meeting Point

At your hotel

08:30 AM

At your hotel

Pick up at your hotel near the reception and take public transportations to Kitasenju station

09:30 AM

9:42-11:16 From Tokyo to Nikko

We will take an express train from Kitasenju station to Tobu Nikko station (about 3,000 JPY per adult)

11:30 AM

11:30-12:00 From Tobu Nikko station to Taiyu-In

We will buy a day pass and take a bus. (pass: 500 JPY per adult)

12:00 PM

12:00-12:30 Taiyu-In of Rinno-Ji Temple

Taiyu-In of Rinno-Ji Temple; The temple for Iemitsu Tokugawa, who was the third Shogun. (Admission: 550 JPY per adult)

01:00 PM

13:00-13:30 The main hall of Rinno-Ji Temple

The main hall of Rinno-Ji Temple; Rinno-Ji was the original Temple of Nikko established during 8th century with three golden statues of Buddha. (Admission: 400 JPY per adult)

01:30 PM

13:30-14:00 Lunch

Lunch; You can choose from Soba noodle, Tempura, and Yuba lunch. (about 1,500 JPY)

02:00 PM

14:00-15:00 Tosho-Gu Shrine

Tosho-Gu Shrine; The main shrine for Ieyasu Tokugawa, who started Edo Period about 400 years ago. (Admission: 1,600 JPY per adult)

03:30 PM

15:30-16:00 Shinkyo Bridge

Shinkyo Bridge; A traditional bridge built to explore Nikko in 8th century. (Admission optional: 300 JPY per adult)

04:30 PM

16:39-18:36 From Nikko to Tokyo

We will take an express train to Shinjuku. (Ticket: 2,800 JPY per adult)

07:00 PM

At your hotel

Return to your hotel by public transportations

Ending Point

At your hotel

What to Expect

1. Memorable Tour; I can show you around the most memorable places in Nikko based on my experience.

2. Easier to Go; I will choose the most efficient and comfortable transportation, so you don't have to be bothered by how to visit them efficiently within a day.

3. Flexible Plan; My tour is very flexible with time according to your interest.

4. Delicious Foods; Japanese food is a very important part of my tour, I will take you to my favorite restaurant for lunch during the tour.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

Hotel pick-up

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (about 6,500 JPY per adult for you and guide)

Lunch (about 1,500 JPY per person for you and guide)

Entrance fees (Rinno-Ji Temple: 900 JPY per adult, Tosho-Gu Shrine: 1,300 JPY per adult for you)

Important Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan has been closed to foreign travelers since March, 2020. This restriction has been eased since October 11th, 2022 and there is little restrictions now in 2023. Please ask me the availability of the tour before you book it. I was vaccinated five times with the Pfizer one.

Not available on Mondays.

This tour does not cover Kegon waterfall, and Lake Chuzen-Ji. I can offer you a two day tour to cover these places.

We use public transportations in this tour.

- The tour guide is not available on Monday.

- Please, send a direct message to the tour guide for confirming the availability before booking

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the cost other than the guiding fee?

We will use public transportations, the cost will be about 9,450 JPY as indicated in highlights of the tour.

Can we use major credit cards for payments?

You can use major credit cards in most of the places.

Can we use JR with JR pass?

No, you can't as we use Tobu train which is not covered by JR Pass.

Should we book the express train?

I will book the express train for you but please make the payment at the ticket counter on the tour day. They will take major credit cards.

Can you take us to Kegon waterfall and Lake Chuzenji?

We don't have enough time to cover these places in a day tour. I can offer you a two day tour to cover these places, on the second day.


Ian E.

5 / 5
Jun 1, 2023

So much to see - so little time

Yuki provides a great service and helped us narrow down our interests. We saw Meiji Jingu, the Imperial Palace, and Asakusa. Yuki took time to explain little things along the way and was able to answer all our questions. There were a few times he pulled out his iPad and showed us pictures, charts, slides, and even a video to explain an answer. We had Yuki for two tours and I would definitely use him again for any tour needs in the future. He is a great guide and a great ambassador for Japanese culture.

Ian E.

5 / 5
May 31, 2023

Amazing trip

Yuki put together a great trip for our family to do a day trip down to Kyoto. He took time to answer questions and explain the many things we were seeing. Allowance is made in the timeline set for shopping and exploring, but Yuki did a great job of keeping us moving so we could see all the great sites on the itinerary. The Kyoto trip makes for a long day, but it is worth the time and Yuki makes it great.

Yuki K.

Dear Ian, Thank you for writing the review of my tour. You are generous to accept my tour not do many days after my recovery from COVID-19. I wore a mask as much as possible and kept distance while lunch, I hope this worked. It was a good experience for me. Thank again for taking my tours. Yuki


Kimberly F.

5 / 5
May 27, 2023

Two Wonderful Days!

We scheduled Yuki to transition us from Tokyo Disneyland to our condo in Ueno area and for a day trip to Hakone. He was delightful and knowledgeable. He helped us learn to navigate the rail system. Gave us an overview of the area. We asked to find the closest post office and JR rail station office and he was happy and willing to support our needs. We were a group of four and I have two children. On our trip to Hakone Yuki was able to find our family a wonderful hot springs to enjoy a private outdoor bath! He obviously spent time planing our time together. We were able to see historic temples, shrines, and pieces of art and with a guide that made the transit system not scary. After we completed the time in our hot springs bath my daughter got overheated and Yuki was patient with us and very supportive. His communication before the tour and during the days we spent was clear. My family was able to achieve all of our goals for the time we spent together. I would recommend Yuki for any family. The only thing I would caution ~ Yuki is a very healthy Japanese person. He set a solid pace (up and down stairs and inclines) if you need to take it slower make sure you tell him in advance. If we come back to this country - I would gladly schedule time with Yuki again. My daughters said Yuki knew lots of fun facts (and everything about trains, the volcano, and shrines we visited)and “he shared the history of the places we went to and made them come alive”. Thank you Yuki!

Yuki K.

Dear Kimberly, Thank you for taking time to text such a detailed review of my tours. It was unfortunate that we couldn't see Mt. Fuji from Hakone but I tried to rearrange our plan enjoyable even in a rainy day. I think it worked and it is a very good experience for me, too. Please give my best regards to your family. Yuki


Elias D.

5 / 5
May 22, 2023

Unique and Special Mt. Fuji Viewing Tour

Kobayashi San (Yuki) is a fantastic tour guide! He made our trip to view Mt Fuji very unique and special. From an off the beaten path kimono museum to a nice bowl of local hoto noodles in a warm miso broth, the experience was carefully crafted. I would absolutely recommend his hospitality on any tour he provides. 小林さんは素晴らしいツアーガイドです!彼は富士山を眺める私たちの旅をとてもユニークで特別なものにしてくれました。人里離れた着物博物館から、温かい味噌汁に入った地元のほうとうのおいしい一杯まで、丁寧に作られた体験が用意されています。彼が提供するツアーでは、彼のおもてなしを絶対にお勧めします。

Yuki K.

Dear Elias, Thank you for writing the review of my tour. I was relieved when Mt.Fuji finally appeared at the Pagoda place. Thank you for taking my tour to Lake Kawaguchi. Yuki

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