Nikko Highlight - One Day Excursion from Tokyo

Day Trip

Tomoko H.

4.92(103) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
11.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

One day fun excursion to Nikko from Tokyo. Nikko is the perfect destination for those who want to escape busy Tokyo and enjoy great nature as well as historical beauty. Nikko is designated as Japan’s National Park as well as UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. 2 hours north-east of Tokyo by train. Toshogu, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine is what you cannot miss. Your tour can be customized depending on your interests. Let’s enjoy the beauties of Nikko together!


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Meeting Point

At your hotel

07:00 AM - Your Hotel (in Tokyo metropolitan area) - meet at the lobby

07:30 AM - Terminal Station in Tokyo - Fun express train ride to Nikko area (*reservation needed) enjoying the window views and sharing info about Nikko

09:30 AM - Nikko area - Ride area bus passing Shinkyo bridge

10:30 AM - Kegon Fall - Enjoy grand view of the gigantic fall & beatiful Lake Chuzenji ( Ryuzu Fall - optional) *not recommended during mid-October due to traffic jam along Iroha-zaka slope road

12:00 PM - Local lunch - Soba noodle, Yuba (Tofu skin), etc.

13:00 PM - Toshogu - the highlight of Nikko World Heritage Sites, lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a dozen buildings set in a beautiful forest. It is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868.

【Highlights of Toshogu】90 minutes <architectural pieces> five story pagoda, storehouses, Yomeimon gate, Main shrine hall, Mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Three Monkeys, Imagined Elephants, Nimurineko (sleeping cat), etc.

***** depending on your interests, weather & traffic condition, we can focus on the World Heritage Sites and its neaby area instead of visiting upper lake area ******

option ① Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park - Enjoy beautiful Japanese architecturral pieces, crafts, and its garden

option ② Taiyu-in - part of Rinnoji temple, mausoleum of the 3rd Tokugawa Shogun (National Treasure)

option ③ Futarasan shrine - one of the World Heritage Sites where mountain deities of Nikko are enshrined

option ④ Rinnoji temple - Nikko's most important temple originally dates back to the 8th century A)Sanbutsu-do - hall housing three gold lacquered, wooden statues of Amida, Senju-Kannon, and Bato-Kannon B) Shoyoen - a small Japanese garden, especially beutiful with autumn foliage typically in the first half of November

15:00 PM - Shinkyo, the sacred bridge - beautiful small vermilion colored legendary bridge over Daiya river

15:30 PM - walk back along the street lined up with traditional souvenir/craft shops or return by local bus

16:30 PM - Nikko station - train ride back to Tokyo

18:30 PM - Terminal station in Tokyo - the end of the tour

Ending Point

At any place of your convenience in Tokyo

What to Expect

- Nikko is designated as Japan’s National Park as well as UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. So, it is the perfect destination for those who want to escape busy Tokyo and immerse yourself in beautiful nature with history.

- Nikko is located north-east of Tokyo, 2 hours by train. On the train to Nikko, your guide will share the basic info and history of the area so that you can fully appreciate the area when you arrive. We can enjoy the views of rural areas from the train window.

- World Heritage Sites of Nikko consist of two Shinto shrines (Toshogu & Futarasan shrine) and one Buddhist temple (Rinnoji).

- If you are history/culture lovers, visiting all these sites would be fun.

- If you love nature, extending the excursion to Lake Chuzenji area would be exciting.

- Tamozawa Imperial Villa Park might be in your choice if you are interested in authentic Japanese architecture and garden.

- Do not miss tasting local food:)

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

◆ guide fee

◆ hotel pick-up (inside the metropolitan Tokyo area)

What‘s not included

◆ transportation fee (you and the guide)

‐ Basically, we are to use puclic transportation. So, if you prefer hiring a private car, please contact in as much advance as possible for its availability and expences.*Kindly be reminded that, in Japan, guides are not allowed to drive their cars while guiding.

- Depending on where you stay in Tokyo, what kind of transportation pass you hold, the train we use will be different. Find the following list for your reference.

[Recommended Train services between Tokyo area & Nikko area]

◆from Tokyo◆ 11,360 yen / roundtrip / person *Your train fare is covered by 'JR Pass,' if you have it.

(From Tokyo) 0740 Tokyo >> (Shinkansen, bullet train to Utsunomiya and change to a local train, reservation recommended) >> 0923 JR Nikko

(To Tokyo) 1628 JR Nikko >> (local train to Utsunimiya, and change to Shinkansen) >> 1816 Tokyo

◆from Shinjuku◆ 8,160 yen / roundtrip / person *Your train fare is covered by 'Tokyo Wide Pass if you have it

(From Tokyo) 0731 Shinjuku >> (direct express train, reservation needed) >> 0928 Tobu Nikko

(To Tokyo) 1639 Tobu Nikko >> (direct express train) >> 1835 Shinjuku

◆from Asakusa◆ 5,610 yen / roundtrip / person

(From Tokyo) (1) 0730 Asakusa >> (direct express train, reservation recommended) >> 0920 Tobu Nikko

(2) 0800 Asakusa >> (change at Imaichi) >> 0950 Tobu Nikko

(To Tokyo) (1) 1623 Tobu Nikko >> (direct express train) >> 1815 Asakusa

(2) 1723 Tobu Nikko >> 1915 Asakusa ** only in summer as in other seasons it gets dark earlier in Nikko area

[Local Transportation in Nikko area]

(A) Bus Pass for World Heritage area : 500 yen / person

(B) Bus Pass valid to Kegon Fall area : 2,100 yen / person

(C) Bus Pass valid to Ryuzu Fall area : 2,650 yen / person

(D) Taxi : it varys depending on the distance

◆ lunch

◆ entrance fee (per adult/child)

Toshogu - 1,300/450 yen, Rinnoji (package) - 900/400 yen, Taiyu-in - 550/250 yen, Tamozawa Imperial Villa Park - 550/270 yen, Kegon Fall Elevator - 570/340 yen

Important Information

★ Travel insurance is not included in our tours. I would recommend you take out your own travel insurance just in case of any unexpected accident, loss, or damaging others' property. You can find the counter of a few insurance companies at the airport when you arrive. ★ Free pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards. For other places, the extra charge will be added depending on the distance and the time necessary. ★ For the evening tour, some extra charge(25%) might be added depending on the time. ☆I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer. For details, please contact me before booking. ☆Kamakura Hiking trails are partially unavailable due to the damaged pathways caused by the typhoons hitting the area in September & October, 2019. ※The pictures of my previous guests on my web-page are posted only after securing their consent.

Week days are recommended

‐ Basically, we are to use puclic transportation. So, if you prefer hiring a private car, please contact in as much advance as possible for its availability and expences.*Kindly be reminded that, in Japan, guides are not allowed to drive their cars while guiding.

- Depending on where you stay in Tokyo, what kind of transportation pass you hold, the train we use will be different. Find the info about transportation described separately.

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



Shiori T.

Feb 15, 2020

We had a great time!

Tomoko is vey good guide. We really had a great time.

Tomoko H.

Thank you for your great review just after the tour, Shiori-san. I'm glad to hear you all enjoyed the day in Enoshima & Kamakura. I felt blessed sharing great time with your group and working with you. Anytime you plan business trip, feel free to contact me. Looking forward to working with you again:)


Janice K.

Feb 5, 2020

Tokyo by Tomoko

We had a delightful time exploring Tokyo with Tomoko. She is very knowledgeable and fun! Great for history buffs! Highly recommend her tour!

Tomoko H.

Thank you for your great review, Janice. Glad to hear you enjoyed the walking tour. Yes, we walked a lot visiting lots of beautiful historical spots and experienced seasonal fun and culture. I really enjoyed talking with you and Judy on various topics. I’m sure you’ve had more experiences in Kyoto and will in Nagano? Thank you again and hope to see you again.


Paul O.

Jan 25, 2020

Walking Tour

We had a large group of people but Tomoko very skillfully managed to keep us all togther as we made our way around to the various sites using the train system. Tomoko was a mountain of knowledge and we all enjoyed our day with Tomoko very much.

Tomoko H.

Hi Paul! Thank you so much for the great review and for all your cooperation and positive views(even running for the museum together) while touring around the busy market and downtowns. I really enjoyed the beautiful day with you all ? Please tell my gratitude to your brother, Mark, about giving me the opportunities to share our culture and history by his asking a lot of spontaneous questions on the way. Best wishes to you, your family, and your friends.


Ian L.

Jan 16, 2020

Highlights of Tokyo

I could tell just by listening to Tomoko's video that she was the person for us. She had a lovely personality and after only being with her for an hour or so, you felt that you had known her for a long time. She took us to some amazing places that no one on their first visit to Tokyo would ever know about. The metro system is very confusing and her knowledge of that was brilliant. I had asked for her to take us for a suchi lunch and she did take us to a really lovely restaurant. We also had some street food with her at the end of the day. She also took a lot of photos of us which she sent to us when she returned home. I fully recommend Tomoko as a guide, she was wonderful.

Tomoko H.

Thank you for your great review and for finding me out as your Tokyo guide at the first stage of your MYSTERY tour to Asia. Oh, thank you also for assisting me to collect stamps there, hahaha. Although the weather was not much favorable, we laughed a lot and enjoyed many places, such as the traditional garden, Imperial Palace, Ginza, Asakusa, Shinjuku as well as the sushi place and the narrow Yakitori street. I’m sure you will be blessed with lots of happiness this year, 2020! Hope to see you again, Ian & Anne?

$406/ per group

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