We will visit a World Heritage site Nikko in one day from Tokyo. On our way to and from Nikko, you will enjoy a beautiful scenary of country side of Japan which is totally different from a big city like Tokyo. After visiting temples and shrines in the devine town of Nikko, we will further climb to the highland to see a magnificent waterfall of Kegon-no-taki waterfall to enjoy a great natre.
Check out what we are going to do.
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At your hotel in Tokyo, or at the station either in Tokyo or Nikko
Toshogu Shrine; 17th century shinto shrine, a landmark monument and a graveyard of Tokugawa Ieyasu, first Shogun who opened the government in Edo
Rin-noh-ji Temple; 9th century buddhist temple to mark the origin of devine sanctuaries of Nikko famous for Three Guilded wooden Statues of Kwannon Buddhas
Futara-san shrine; 9th century shinto shrine, originally co-existed together with Rinnohji, but separated by the separation policy of Shintoism and Buddhism by the Meiji government
Taiyu-in Mausoleum; 17th century shinto shrine, enshrined is the 3rd Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, less decorative by wish but stunningly beautiful
Shinkyo bridge; devine bridge that segrigates outer(human) world and inner(devine) world
Tamozawa Imperial villa memorial park ; former Imperial resort house, typical Japanese style houses and garden, some of which were 18th century ex-daimyo residence moved from Tokyo and restored in Nikko
Kegon-no-taki Waterfall; landmark waterfall of Japan, famous for its beauty including the nature of surrounding areas
Lake Chuzenji; volcanic 1600m highland volcanic lake made by the eruption of Mt.Nantai
At your hotel in Tokyo, or at the station either in Tokyo or Nikko
After having seen dynamic and historic city of Tokyo, you will now experience another side of the face of Japan in the country and mountenous area in the north of Tokyo. The atmosphere is totally different in this devine town of Nikko and further north to the highland, you will see also a great nature of Japan. This is such a great journey but you can leave your hotel in Tokyo in the morning and come back the same day. Also, you will taste a very local and traditional food, Yuba, a typical monks vegetarian plate who were prohibited to kill animals and eat.
In addition, if you are keen to learn more about the difference of Buddhism and Shintoism, the philosophy that lead to build this devine town, why the graveyard of Shogun is so important and respected, why Boudhist temple and Shinto shrine co-existed and were separated later, the stories and secrets of all these, I am delighted to tell you and answer all the questions that you may come up with. You will find yourself to be an expert of the Japansese spirituality at the end of the tour.
Also, if you are a fan of Japanese traditiona architecture, by visiting Tamozawa Imperial vila, I can explain all differences of three different types of traditional Japanese architecture, though they may all look alike, but great in differenc, and knowing this will vitaly help you to understand what you are about to see or read about Japan and its history.
guide fee, hotel pick-up/drop off (in Tokyo)
transportation expense from Tokyo to Nikko (you and guide) around 5k yen (JR pass holders can be cheaper), local transportation expense in Nikko (you and guide) (bus) around 2k yen, admission fee (you and guide )around 3k yen, lunch (you and guide) 1.5-2k yen
For those who meet up in Nikko, transportation and total tour hours may differ.
Town is located in the highland of 600m and further to the north climb up to 1200m. So warm clothing is recommended.
The areas because of its nature as a place of worship and disciprine, are not necessarily barrier free. So please wear an easy footwear.
Even if you are not confident about your strength, don't be afraid. There are always way to avoid difficulty and enjoy this devine sanctuary with me.
Yoshihisa put together a tailor made itinerary which worked perfectly incorporating the highlights of Tokyo. We communicated well, exchanging ideas and information all in a very prompt and timely manner given the time difference. Yoshihisa is well travelled, charming and informative, l wouldn't hesitate to book him again or recommend.
Thank you Linda for your generous words. It was really an exciting moment that I traveled with you in Tokyo. Your enthusiasm of knowing about this city and country encouraged me a lot and made me feel rewarded when we finished our tour. Though we have covered a good part of the city, there are a lot more to dig into, so I trully look forward to seeing you again and share this great moment again with you. Yoshihisa
The weather is cold and its raining, but this guy never stops showing us the views of Narita. It was almost 7pm when the tour was over, we’re about to leave Japan at the departure lobby when i found out that my bag is missing and realized i forgot the bag in the restaurant where we eat ramen. Yoshihisa is the first person entered into my mind to ask for help. He answered quickly without hesitation, he took the train, went back to the restaurant and brought my missing bag within 30min. I dont know how i will thank this guy that time. It’s our first time in Japan with a good guide, very professional, he got knowledge, speaks very calm and friendly, Its unforgettable. I highly recommend Yoshihisa for those who wanted to visit Japan, you can’t go wrong. Thank you so much Mister Yoshihisa, I hope we will see each other again my guide, and my friend. Ronel
Thank you Ronel for having stopt over to Narita despite your tight Schedule and also for your generous words. The weather was wet and cold, but was warm in my heart. From the moment that we met at the gate, I didn't feel like we met for the first time. I was glad that you enjoyed every feature of the temple, the gate, the insence burner, the tower, the front market etc. Yes, the incident at the end was a bit surprise, but even pleasant. It even added a good memory of our friendship. Now I can't believe that it was such a short period of time that we were together. You stay always in my heart with a good memory of an evening in Narita, and I am looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you . Yoshihisa
I had Yoshihisa meet my family of 9 at the airport and get us to our accomodation in Shinagawa. He helped us get our train tickets, suica card and even hire a mobile phone. Fantastic commmunication. Highly recommend.
Thank you Serena for your generous comment. It was really a fun for me too to be with a family like yours. I hope you all had great time in Japan. Though it was unfortunate that we missed an Opportunity to spend a full day traveling in Tokyo because of the volcanic eruption in the Philippines, I am hoping that we have another Opportunity to meet and spend great time together like we did this time. Wishing all the best to you and your family, Yoshihisa
Thanks Yoshihisa for all your help!
Thank you Quennie. I hope your layover in Tokyo went smooth and all your family were happy. I look forward to the next Opportunity to meet and travel in Tokyo together. Wishinf all the happiness for you and your family, Yoshihisa