Historical and Artistic Exploration of Nikko Tour

Nature & Outdoor

Mari.k K.

(74) reviews
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

Let’s enjoy the Nikko World Heritage. Nikko is considered as one of the spiritual centers of Japanese traditional society. The most significant place in Nikko is Toshogu. Later, I will share with you some interesting background stories and artistic features of Japan's national treasures. Moreover, we can appreciate the unique customs of people in the ancient days. In addition of the history, we can also enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms in late April and the changing of leaf colors in November.


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Meeting Point

At your hotel or the place of your convenience


Call time at your hotel in Tokyo

After meeting, and proceed to Tobu Asakusa Station by subway.


Depart for Nikko by express train from Tobu Asakusa Station.


Arrive at Tobu Nikko Station

Get on a bus bound for the Nikko.

Shinkyo Bridge 

Legend of Priest Shodo crossing the river with God's help

Start the walking tour through Nikko mountain.

Rinnoji Temple

Sanbutsudo, New year eve bell, 500-year-old Oyama-zakura cherry tree

Toshogu Shrine

The highlight of this tour. There are many artistic significance, such as Three Wise Monkey, Yomeimon, etc.)

Futarasan Shrine

A famous match making spot for young couples.

Taiyuin (Let’s explore why Taiyuin is not gorgeous like Toshogu.)

Temple for the 3rd Shogun graveyard. A famous artist Tanyu Kano’s tiger holding screen.

Kanmongafuchi Abyss

An untouched peaceful place by tourist. Passing a row of many Jizo bodhisattvas in the quiet grove along pure cerulean streams.

Tamozawa Imperial Villa (If we have enough time)

In autumn, leaf-coloring is magnificent.


Depart for Tokyo (Asakusa)

If we have enough time we can drop in at a shop, café, and souvenir shops on the street.

I will help you get on a train to Tokyo.

Ending Point

At the place of your convenience

What to Expect

Nikko is famous for harmonizing both natural beauty and architectural splendor.

We need knowledge of history and artistic appreciation in order to enjoy or learn anything from Nikko Toshogu and other world heritage areas.

The main highlight is Toshogu Shrine which is dedicated to the deified spirit of the founder of Tokugawa Shogunate. The shrine has a lot of traditional structures featuring lavish and exquisite carvings in colors. In our tour today, I will explain:

(1) Toshogu’s artistic significance

(2) Tokugawa’s Political strategies which established 260 years of peace

(3) Shinto-Buddhism syncretism,

(4) Why Nikko was selected as the shrine for Ieyasu Tokugawa,

(6) influences of Chinese culture at Toshogu

In addition of the history, we can enjoy beautiful nature. Nature has a magical power. While just walking in the forest, you can heal mental stress through immersion and get energy. In late April, Rinnoji’s 500 years old Oyama-zakura cherry tree blooms beautifully and November, you can enjoy leaf-coloring.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick-up in Tokyo 23rd area

What‘s not included

Transportation fare (You and guide: From Tokyo to Tobu Nikko, round trip is approximately¥5400 each person, If you have JR pass, It’s free for you but please pay JR7,120 yen for guide.):::,

If you want to meet and see off at Nikko station, let’s keep the tour charge and you don’t have to pay my transportation because I can absorb into the tour charge. :::,

World Heritage Bus Pass ¥500

Admission fees (Shinkyo 500 yen, Rinnoji/Taiyuin 900 yen, Toshogu-shrine 1,300 yen)

Lunch, meals, snacks, beverages,

If you want to go Kegon waterfall, let's take a train 7:30 from Tokyo. Bus fare from Nikko station to Kegon waterfall costs 2,100 JPY/per person.

Important Information

I can arrange your tour in accordance with your preference.

I will arrange the itinerary based on your requests.

Usually, I would like us to meet at your hotel in Tokyo.

Please bear in mind my round trip free for Nikko. If you want to meet at Nikko station, I would like to ask you to bear keep in mind my transportation.

We will be walking a lot, so please wear walking shoes like sneakers.

There is no way of avoiding stairs. If you don't want to walk so much and you don't want to visit all the spots in the highlights,

please feel free to send me a message ahead of time.

Nikko is much colder than Tokyo, and we will be outdoors for quite a long time,

so please prepare a coat or a jacket to keep you warm.

The temples and shrines close at 5 PM.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time



Kate H.

Feb 11, 2020

Fabulous first day in Tokyo with Mari.

Mari was polite, very interesting, personable, and knowledgeable. She was very thoughtful in providing us all with surgical masks for protection during the corona virus pandemic. Mari was helpful in providing helpful tips for the rest of our time planned in Tokyo. I highly recommend utilising Triplelights and booking Mari whilst in Tokyo. It was a great way for us family of five to see some of the highlights of this amazing city and help us become familiar with navigating the metro. I would definitely use Triplelights again. Thank you Mari for a memorable first time in Tokyo.

Mari.k K.

Thank you very much for your great review, Kate. I’m impressed that all of your family members are friendly, polite and intelligent. I really enjoyed talking with you on various topics. I’m sure you will have more fun in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nozawa. I hope this Japan trip will be fruitful experience for your family. Thank you again and hope to see you again.


Josipa P.

Jan 13, 2020

Very Helpful Guide

Mari was a lovely lady who had a personalised note waiting for us at our hotel. She met us there and was adaptable for our first day to organise our rail and metro passes as well. She took us to an amazing lunch spot and was very patient with my tired boys. Mari would probably be better suited to a couple, as my boys were a challenge, though she was very kind and did her best. Thank you Mari for all your help introducing us to Tokyo.

Mari.k K.

Thank you for our review. I am glad you liked Maisen’s lunch. It was pity that your children were too tired from last night flight and gave up going to Mori Digital Museum in Odaiba. I am sure all of you will have a wonderful time in Hakuba, Nagano. Please enjoy skiing with Japanese-power snow.

Mary C.

Jan 13, 2020

Amazing Night Tour with Limited Time

Due to our limited time and in the evening, hiring a tour guide (Mari) was our best choice to get the most out of our short stay. Mari was friendly, professional, and well versed in the history of Narita and Japan in General. Mari assisted/guided in storing our luggage, transit and check-in at our hotel even before our tour started. Once we began, we walked through Narita and stopped by many places en route to the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. On our way back to the hotel, she made mention of popular restaurants in the area where we enjoyed delectable ramen to warm us up. Thank you Mari!

Mari.k K.

Thank you very much for your excellent review. I really appreciated that you gave me a chance to guide you in Narita at night. I really admire you that you take care of your niece with love. You have warm-heated and friendly characters which I really like. Because we had such a nice time, I almost forgot that we strolled in dark at night. Thank you very much again.


Milan B.

Nov 12, 2019

Very nice and recommended

Mari was very helpful and patient in taking us through our trip. She made the effort to pick us up from hotel. She also explained the history behind the various places we visited. We told we are vegetarian and she found a great lunch place on the tour. Highly recommended.

Mari.k K.

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was my pleasure to guide you in Tokyo. I also think that the vegetarian restaurant was delicious. We were lucky to see beautiful leaf-coloring in Rikugi-en Garden. I hope Jessica feels better now. Please enjoy the rest of your journey in Japan. Thank you again.

$292/ per group

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