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Nikko One Day Tour from Tokyo

Day Trip

Aki T.

4.78(49) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
8.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

Two hours away from Tokyo by train, Nikko mesmerizes visitors with beautiful nature and fantastic structures placed on the World Heritage list.

We will visit Nikko by public transportation and walk around the sacred area surrounded by beautiful nature.

Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.

Meeting Point

At your hotel in Tokyo

Toshogu Shrine - Fantastically decorated shrine with exquisite carvings

Futara-san Shrine – The oldest Shinto shrine in Nikko founded in the 8th century

Rinno-ji Temple – Buddhist temple having three gorgeous statues and pretty garden

Shinkyo Bridge – Beautifully red-lacquered Sacred Bridge across the Daiya river

Nikko Town – Local street lined with various shops and restaurants

Please refer to What to Expect for more details

Ending Point

At Tobu Nikko Station, or JR Nikko Station

What to Expect

We will appreciate Nikko’s natural beauty and traditional sites that have been religious center of Buddhism and Shintoism, Japan’s indigenous religion. The main highlight is Toshogu Shrine which is dedicated to the deified spirit of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of Tokugawa Shogunate. The shrine has a lot of traditional structures featuring lavish and exquisite carvings in colors. The combination of its natural and man-made beauties is Nikko’s attraction. There is an old proverb: Never say wonderful without seeing Nikko.

This tour presents an example itinerary for you. However, I can re-arrange it according to your requests. If you have any requests, please let me know in advance.

Please feel free to ask if you have any questions.

An example itinerary

8:00 am

Meet at your hotel in Tokyo and move to Tobu Asakusa Station by subway.


Departing for Nikko by express train from Tobu Asakusa Station.


Arrive at Tobu Nikko Station and get on a bus bound for the Nikko World Heritage area.

(We can have lunch at a restaurant near the station.)

11:30 am

Arrive at the Nikko World Heritage area.

We will visit major sites such as Toshogu Shrine, Futara-san Shrine, and Rinno-ji Temple.

(We can take a rest at a café in the area.)

We will see Shinkyo Bridge nearby.

03:30 pm

Walk down a street in Nikko Town leading to Tobu Nikko Station.

We can drop in at a shop, café, and restaurant on the street.

04:30 pm

At Tobu Nikko Station or JR Nikko Station, the tour ends.

I will help you get on a train to Tokyo.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up (in this case, please pay the guide's transportation fare from your hotel too)

What‘s not included

transportation fare (you and guide), admission fee (you and guide), meals

Important Information

I can guide you in Kagawa including Naoshima and the other venues of Setouchi Triennale. If you would be interested in being guided by me in those places, please contact me to confirm my availability in advance.

This tour is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes.

This tour does not cover Lake Chuzenji and around.

We may have to change the itinerary depending on the weather and traffic conditions.

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

Besides guide fee, how much does it cost for a one-day tour?

Although the cost varies according to our itinerary, a typical cost is approximately 10,600 JPY per adult person.

- transportation fare: 5,600 JPY (Tokyo to Nikko by Tobu Line, for a round trip)

- transportation fare: 500 JPY (Local bus in Nikko)

- lunch: Approx. 2,000 JPY

- admission fee of Toshogu Shrine and Rinno-ji Temple: 2,500 JPY for an adult

If I make my own way to Nikko, can you shorten the tour duration?

Yes, I can shorten the duration and reduce guide fee by 2 hours.

In this case, please contact me before booking. I'll offer you a customized tour with the duration reduced.

What is the price range of lunch in Nikko?

The typical price ranges per person are, for example,

- A Japanese style restaurant: 1,500 yen to 3,000 JPY

- A Western style restaurant: 1,500 yen to 3,000 JPY

- A Chinese style restaurant: 1,500 to 3,000 JPY

Can you arrange a private car? How much does it cost for a car?

Yes, I can arrange a private car, and van according to your request.

The cost varies, depending on the type of car, time and mileage.

For example, it costs approximately $525 USD for 8 hours and 2 passengers.

Can you escort me to my hotel?

Yes, I can. In this case, please pay Hotel escort fee.

Guide’s transportation fare to the place is also required to be paid.



Jerome G.

Mar 21, 2020

Delightlful ....

Aki was very easy to work with and accomodating to our group of 6. As requested, he put together a 3 day itinerary for us based upon our interests and desired activity level. He is quite knowledgeable about "all things Tokyo" as well as the Japanese culture and history. He is a master of the Tokyo transit system and without him we would have had a difficult time navigating around. We asked Aki to join us during our lunches to show our appreciation and to be able to converse with him on a more personal level. He was always early to arrive at our hotel for pick up. I would highly recommend him.

Aki T.

Dear Jerry, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent rating and review! That's very nice of you to say. It was my pleasure to have guided you and your friends. I enjoyed touring and had a wonderful time with you too. Thanks for coming to Tokyo and choosing me as your guide! Sincerely, Aki


Jerry M.

Oct 14, 2019


We spent three days with Aki, exploring the Setouchi Trienniale , using Takamatsu as a home base. We never could have done this without him. We had a great time. Thanks again Aki.

Aki T.

Dear Jerry, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent rating and review! I enjoyed touring around the Setouchi islands and had a wonderful time with you too. Thanks for coming to Takamatsu and having me as your guide! Sincerely, Akio


Jerome E.

Sep 7, 2019

Aki gave us a great opportunity to experience Kamakura in a tight schedule

We had only 5 hours to visit Kamakura....and gave Aki an almost impossible mission. He succeeded! We saw all of the major sites and enjoyed the wonderful explanations that Aki provided with clear and nuanced English.

Aki T.

Dear Jerome, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent rating and review! That's very nice of you to say. I hope you are all fine after the tour on a hot day. It was my pleasure to have guided you around Kamakura. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Robin M.

Jun 1, 2019

Aki provided all we had hoped

Aki was a great guide. He took us to all the places we were interested in and was flexible in his plans given our interests and needs. He clearly knew his way around the island and all the museums. Couldn't have asked for more.

Aki T.

Dear Robin, Thank you so much for taking the time to give me such an excellent review! It was my pleasure to have guided you around Naoshima. I enjoyed touring with you too. It was fun to bike around the island! I hope you enjoyed your stay on the beautiful island. Thanks for coming to Naoshima and choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

$326/ per group

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