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Nikko 1-Day Tour from Tokyo (9 hr) with Wi-Fi

Chiaki K.

4.50(2) reviews
Nikko
English, Japanese (Native)
9 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

Nikko is a World Heritage area with many historical sites, and is popular among Japanese, too. You will reach Nikko by 2-hour express train from Tokyo, and then visit Toshogu Shrine dedicated to the 1st Shogun of Edo Period. After "yuba" lunch, you will visit (1) Chuzenjiko Lake or (2) other World Heritage shrines. You can enjoy magnificent beauty of the temples/shrines, history, architectures.

Meeting Point

At your hotel in Tokyo or Asakusa station

Toshogu Shrine - a World Heritage site

(1) Chuzenjiko Lake and Kegon Falls - or - (2) other World Heritage sites, such as Futarasan Shrine and Rinno-ji Temple; depending on your choice

Yuba Lunch (tour price included)

Express train from Asakusa (2-way journey; tour price included)

Ending Point

At Asakusa station, or your hotel in Tokyo, or on the way there.

What to Expect

You can enjoy magnificent beauty of the Toshogu and nearby temples/shrines, history, architectures, and/or can relax at Chuzenjiko Lake.

The typical itinerary would be following:

8:00-8:30 a.m. Meet up at the lobby of your hotel.

9:00 Get on an express train to Nikko (2 hrs)

11:00 Arrive at Nikko

11:30 Visit Toshogu Shrine

12:30 Yuba lunch at a local restaurant

Option (1) - 13:30 Move to Chuzenjiko Lake area by local bus (30 min), enjoy a great view of Kegon Falls and relax at and walk along the lake

Option (2) - 13:30 Visit other World Heritage sites such as Rinnoji Temple and Futarasan Shrine

15:00 Go back to Nikko station area

15:30-16:00 Take an express train to Asakusa (Tokyo; 2 hrs)

18:00 Arrive in central Tokyo area.

Note: the visiting order and the itinerary items might be changed depending on the traffic etc in Nikko area.


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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guiding fee,

Hotel pick-up in central Tokyo area (including Asakusa area), and

Wi-Fi connection to the guide's mobile router (upon you request; up to 5 devices)


What‘s not included

Beverage and any other personal expenses that are not specified in 'Highlights' and 'What to expect',

One-way public transportation from your hotel to Asakusa (for hotels in central Tokyo only),

Public transportation (return journey using TOBU express train from Asakusa to Nikko; local bus fare inside Nikko area; totally equivalent to 5500-7500 JPY per adult depending on the sites to visit in Nikko area),

Lunch of Nikko's specialty "Yuba" (1500-2000 JPY per adult),

Admission to Nikko Toshogu Shrine and other sites to visit written in 'Highlights' and 'What to expect' (equivalent to 1850 JPY per adult for option (1) or 2400 JPY per adult for option (2) ),

Transportation and expenses necessary for the guide (express train; local bus; lunch etc), and

Taxi fare whenever necessary and you agreed


Important Information

I was born and brought up in Izumo, Shimane. If you pay for the transportation from Tokyo, I can guide you there (Izumo, Matsue and neighboring cities). No need for my accommodation, because I can stay at my parents' home.

* I will try to use public transportation whenever available/reasonable. Please come wearing comfortable shoes.

* In the very high season (e.g. autumn leaves season), you might not be able to choose Option(1) Chuzenjiko Lake Visit because of traffic jam and availability of the return local bus.

* If you need an Internet connection (Wi-Fi) in the tour, please let me know in advance. Upon your request, I will bring a 4G mobile router (free of charge). Devices connected are maximum 5.

* If you have any restrictions on meal, such as allergies, religious restrictions, likes/dislikes, please let me know as soon as possible after booking your tour.

* In the very high season, it might not be possible to book the express train seats of the expected timing. In that case, I will propose another way to go to NIkko (e.g. by Shinkansen). Please decide after looking at the options.

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

Reviews

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Paddy C.

Apr 8, 2018

Excellent host and wonderful hospitality

I got in touch with Chiaki about 3 months prior to visit. She was extremely responsive, patient and very clear in her articulation. She helped me plan the visit including advice on which area in Tokyo to stay, JR Pass v/s daily tickets, suggestions on places to visit specific to my area of interest, veg food options, wifi routers for rentals and so many other topics, wifi router for rentals. In fact her initial help on these areas even gave me the confidence to travel to Japan- Much as I wanted to visit Japan, I was confounded initially and the prospect of travelling to Japan solo seemed daunting but gradually it seemed more and more manageable thanks to Chiaki. I must mention that Chiaki's approach was not commercially oriented and I believe she spent a lot of time doing research on several subjects such as those described above. I deeply appreciate her efforts especially given that these were above and beyond what the engagement strictly required. From the time we met, she came prepared with a list of things to do, do's and dont's based on my needs or preferences, important info about cherry blossom dates and the status of blooms in the various gardens (cherry blossoms was my main area of interest), and recommended gardens where cherry blossoms were still in full blooms stage such that we avoided or spent less time where the petals had begun to fall. Her suggestions were excellent and I got to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo where the blooms were at their best at that time. I spent just about two days with her, and in this short time she helped me get acquainted with everything essential for me to travel independently rest of the days in Japan- about navigating the public transport system, helping me get and later charge further the suica (prepaid) card, coin lockers, wifi router etc. Chiaki is extremely professional, punctual, kind, patient, cheerful, trustworthy and and her English language communication skills are excellent with little to no trace of accent. She is very easy to talk to, accessible throughout and in fact offered advice and help even after I left Tokyo and while I was in Kyoto and in planning my train trip from Tokyo to Kyoto and back. I consider myself fortunate to have met Chiaki through Triple Lights- I carry back very pleasant memories of my time in beautiful Japan and much credit for this goes to Chiaki.

Chiaki K.

Thank you very much for joining my tour and I am really happy to know that you enjoyed the time with me! I also really enjoyed being with you. Actually, thanks to you, I had a great opportunity to see so many beautiful cherry blossom and have lunch under the full-bloom cherry trees, which I believe is far more than average Tokyo residents could do this year. Thank you very much for taking your time in this warm message! Whenever you come to Tokyo, please feel free to contact me.

Yick wei N.

Dec 29, 2017

Local food & shopping at Nakano Sun Mall

We booked a 3-hour short tour with Chiaki as we wanted to try out some local "street food" after our visit to Ghibli museum. At first we suggested Shimbashi based on some online reviews, but Chiaki took the initiative to visit the site and gave us a couple of alternative suggestions, since Shimbashi is more for the working class and less suitable for family with kids. Eventually we decided on Nakano Sun Mall - turned out that my daughter was keen to check out the gigantic soft serve at Daily Chiko, which was located near Nakano Broadway. We had a good time shopping for snacks in the area! Chiaki was friendly and gave us some really helpful insights!

Chiaki K.

Hello. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the time with me. Though it was a short tour, I also enjoyed escorting a knowledgeable nice couple with lovely girls in addition to location hunting for the tour! Please contact me whenever you come to Tokyo. I will introduce some more tasty foodie places for you! Thank you!

$316/ per group