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Best Memories of Nikko


Yuki K.

4.72(271) 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

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

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

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

02:00 PM

14:00-15:00 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

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 gradually since June 10th, 2022 but you still need to get a tourist visa and full escort of the guide. Please ask me the availability of the tour before you book it. I was vaccinated four 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.


Masato N.

Dec 29, 2021

Excellent guide

Yuki is an excellent Zoom online guide. He is knowledgeable about Kamakura and very keen to guide me. I strongly recommend him to you.

Yuki K.

Dear Masato, Thank you for taking time to write such a good review of my tour. I hope my tour would be useful for making your own online tour. Best regards, Yuki

Bradley K.

Jul 24, 2021

Beautiful tour of Kamakura

Thankyou for your splendid tour Yuki. It was an enjoyable expierence and you are well versed in escapism.

Yuki K.

Dear Bradley, Thank you for giving me the remark with many stars. I hope this virtual tour will help you when you come to Japan in the future. Best regards, Yuki


Debbie L.

Feb 4, 2020

Two great days in Tokyo

We are so grateful for two amazing days in Tokyo. We saw SO MUCH that we could not have managed by ourselves especially with the complicated subways! Yuki took us to so amazing spots that we could not have known about or seen so quickly in two days.

Yuki K.

Dear Debbie, Thank you for taking my tour. I am very happy if you enjoyed it. Please give my best regards to Dave, too. Yuki


Andrew H.

Jan 25, 2020

Kyoto be Tokyo

An awesome day in Kyoto followed by some Tokyo highlights .. Yuki was an awesome guide - very knowledgeable, knew the best restaurants, public transport system, Japanese history and culture .. we enjoyed an awesome 2 days with him :) Thanks !

Yuki K.

Dear Andrew, Thank you for taking my tours. I was very much upset when I found that we were waiting at different places. But we met just before the departure of the Shinkansen and saw Mt. Fuji from the window of the train. We delayed for the tea ceremony in Kyoto, but you made it through and arrived Kinkaku-Ji temple before the sun set. It was a memorable tour for me, too. Please give my best regards to your family. Yuki

$276/ per group

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