Early Risers' Nikko Up-to-You Tour by JR-Tobu Express

Day Trip

Yoko T.

4.79(82) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
11 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

Nikko, which has been acknowledged as World Heritage in 1999, has temples and shrines with awesome sculptures.We will ride a JR-Tobu express train for approximately two hours from the west side of Tokyo area/Saitama to visit there and take time to appreciate them.You can enjoy Yuba (tofu skin), which is one of the local specialities, buckwheat noodles or curry and rice etc. as lunch.

Meeting Point

At JR Shinjuku Station/ Ikebukuro Station/Urawa Station (unless you choose the hotel meetup option)

Kegon Falls (Elevators: Adult ¥550, Elementary School Student ¥330) In November, I recommend Kirifuri Falls (Bus fare ¥600)

Shinkyo Bridge ( You can cross the bridge, if you pay ¥300, Sr. High School Student ¥200, Jr. High & Elementary School Student ¥100)

Rinnoji Temple (Sanbutsudo&Daiyuin Set Ticket: Adult ¥900, Elementary School &Jr. High School Student ¥400)

Toushogu Shrine (Adult/Sr. High School Student ¥1300, Elementary&Jr. High School Student¥450)

Futarayama Shrine

Rinnoji Jougyodo

Taiyuin (Rinnoji Temple Set Ticket)

Option: Kanaya Samurai House:1st Cottage for Westerners (Adult ¥550, Children under 12 years old ¥200)

Option: Kanmangafuchi Abyss

Ending Point

At your hotel or the places you prefer to during the tour

What to Expect

We will visit the temples and shrines in Nikko. The sculptures are awesome.

If you would like to visit Kegon Fall, we will visit except the Autumn Foliage Season (October and November).

Please take your time as you can take pictures as much as you can at the places allowed.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guiding fee, The guide's Admission fee

What‘s not included

Transportation fare

You and guide: From Tokyo to Tobu Nikko, round trip from Shinjuku/Ikebukuro is¥6680 each person/If you have JR passes it will cost 4000 yen for the Tobu part)

Using Shinkansen+Local Nikko Line Option is possible, but please cover my transportation fare 10300 yen in addition to the bus fare.

World Heritage Bus Pass ¥500 or if you'd like to include the Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzenji Bus Pass ¥2100

meals, snacks, beverages,

Admission Fee (please check the highlights for the fee)

Important Information

It will be first booked, first served basis, but could you make inquiries before booking?

If you're interested in TOKYO, MOUNT FUJI, or NIKKO, please check the tours before you make inquiries. (Some transportation for Mount Fuji or Nikko might be fully booked if you do last minute booking.)

I could also guide KYOTO, HIMEJI etc. if you will cover my transportation fare round trip from Tokyo.

If you'd like a car chartered, please check the PRIVATE CARS TOUR by yourself.

It's concerned with your budget, so I'm afraid I cannot make arrangements for that, but I will be happy to guide you with the car you chartered.

It's impossible to make quotes without knowing the spots you would like to visit.

Nikko and Mount Fuji are approximately two hours on Limited Express from Shinjuku or Asakusa.

Tokyo is not a compact city, but a huge one.

If you have difficulties with stairs, please tell me in your message. Thank you.

From mid March, 7:30 Limited Express will be abolished, so we will use Tobu Limited Express instead.

Till mid March, if we miss the 7:30 Shinjuku 7:36 Ikebukuro Express, the next one is in three hours and we have to pay commission to have the reserved tickets paid back, so please be punctual.

Please choose the places of your interest looking at the pictures.

Sometimes it is difficult to get seats on the bus to Lake Chuzenji (Kegon Falls), so smaller group is preferable.

We will walk a lot, so please wear walking shoes like sneakers. You will need to take off your shoes several times.

There is no way of avoiding stairs. The Accessibility of the World Heritage is extremely low.

Nikko is coldler than Tokyo.

The temples and shrines close at 16:00 from November 1.

If you don't walk so much and you don't want to visit all the spots in the highlights, please feel free to send a message.

I will arrange the itinerary based on your requests.

During November, there is a terrible traffic jam, which might take hours sometimes, even on weekdays.

Switch your other tours to weekends and try to make the Nikko tour on WEEKDAYS by all means.

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 will the total cost of the tour be?

Please look at the highlights and add them up yourself to get a ball-park figure, because it varies on the places you'd choose to visit and the number of people.

I'm just a tour guide, not a travel agent.


Doug J.

Jan 20, 2023

Delightful day in Nikko with throughly prepared Yoko

Had a wonderful day with Yoko. Prior to meeting she made it perfectly clear what we could expect during the day, especially in terms of physical demands. She went out of the way to make sure my wife’s seafood allergy was accommodated. Yoko promptly responded to any and all questions and worked with us to arrange train transportation. Having spent her early childhood in the US she was particularly easy for us to understand as we can sometimes struggle with accents. And she came prepared with materials to help explain topics we discussed. With that level of preparation we would definitely book another tour with her.

Yoko T.

I really appreciate you writing a great review so promptly after that stair trainings.:-) It was such a great delight for me to enjoy my favorite Nikko with the two of you. It was the first time to know that Commodore Perry was taught in American High School history classes. Both of you were so lovely and sweet that I really enjoyed traveling with you. Thank you for asking your daughter about her visit to Nikko during the Yayoi Festival. Her description was detailed that now I could keep that in mind. I hope you could see Mount Fuji from TMG building and enjoy the rest of your stay. Thank you again for everything!!

Rhoda O.

Jan 12, 2023

Yoko is Amazing!

We're so grateful to Yoko and her expertise around the Mt Fuji area. She took so many wonderful photos for us so that we could remember the moments forever. We had the absolute best time touring Mt Fuji and are very glad we decided to have Yoko be our tour guide. She speaks English fluently as it is practically her first language and of course she speaks fleunt Japanese too. She was so funny and warm and welcoming to us. Thank you, Yoko!

Yoko T.

Rhoda and Dean, I appreciate you choosing me as your guide and writing a great review. It was such a lovely day that I could have the privilige of meeting both of you who are intelligent, polite and sweet. I was amazed how Dean taught me a lot of things which I never notice before. Rhoda, you're so beautiful inside and out so it was a great pleasure for me to spend a day with you. Thank you again for everything. Oshiawase-ni!!お幸せに!!


Benny B.

Jan 9, 2023

See Tokyo with Yoko

We had a great experience touring Tokyo with Yoko.She recommended in advance the important places to see and it was very successful.She shared her historical and cultural insights.She was able to show us the beauty of Tokyo. I highly recommend this experience.

Yoko T.

Thank you so much for writing a review so soon. You were so lucky to make the tour day on Coming of Age Day so we could see many 20 year old ladies in beautiful kimonos. It was also nice a mother of one of them enjoyed talking with you, too. I was happy that both of you could walk a lot and take a lot of pictures we visited. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay and Thailand, too. Thank you again!!

Karma G.

Dec 22, 2022

Very helpful!

Yoko did a lot of work to figure out where we should go both before, during and after our tour. She provided us suggestions for where to visit even in Kyoto - very attentive. thanks much!

Yoko T.

Thank you for booking my tour and taking the time to write a review. It was nice to meet your great family. I hope you can watch the Ghibli movie that Micaela loves so much and come again to visit the Spirited Away onsen next time. Please enjoy the rest of your trip. Please say hi to everyone!! Thank you again. Best wishes, Yoko

$280/ per group

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