Will take train from Shinjuku JR railway station in the morning and stay in Nikko for four hours and come back to Shinjuku JR railway station in the evening.
Even though Shinjuku is the most commonly used station because of the convenient train schedules to and from Nikko, any other JR or Metro stations instead of Shinjuku station can be chosen with an additonal hour or two.
At your hotel in Tokyo
At your hotel in Tokyo
guide fee for 8 hours, hotel pick-up in Shinjuku area
transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, tea , entrance fee for Toshogu Shrine (1,300 yen per person. guide is free), $10 hotel pick-up fee if your hotel is not located in Shinjuku area. overtime guide fee $40 per hour, if applicable
Born and raised in Niigata prefecture, visit my mother and sister who live in Niigata city every month from Tokyo. Niigata has lots of attractions for tourists, including Yahiko Shrine/suspension cable car ride to the top of Mt. Yahiko, Northern Culture Museum where you can see the richest farmer's residence and garden, sake breweries with free sake tasting, castle towns like Shibata city or Murakami city, winter ski resorts with four meters of snow, delicious local sea food from Sea of Japan or from Sado Island/ fruits and brown edamame. It takes only two hours by Shinkansen train to reach Niigata from Tokyo.
Niigata prefecture and Niigata city each has a population of 2.3 Million and 0.8 Million, good sizes but much smaller than Tokyo, the biggest city area in the world. By experiencing both Tokyo on the Pacific Ocean side and Niigata on the Sea of Japan side, you can taste both modern gigantic city life/culture and traditional city/rural life/culture in Japan.
In addition to Greater Tokyo Area where I live, I will be happy to be your guide in any cities/areas on the Sea of Japan side as well.
My tour destinations outside Greater Tokyo area include Niigata-city, Nagaoka -city, Itoigawa-city, Sado island, Nagano city, Snow Resorts in Niigata and Nagano mountain areas, Yamagata city, Tsuruoka city, Sakata city, Kanazawa city, Oono city, Echizen city, Tsuruga city, Fukui city, Gokayama and Shirakawago which are World Heritage sites famous for Gassho-zukuri and Kyoto/Nara.
The Nikko Toshogu Shrine was designed to accommodate large numbers of worshippers while at the same time exulting and commemorating the deity, and stressing timelessness. A unified style pervades all the architecture utilizing many buildings and decorative techniques, including lacquering, brightly colored painting, and decorative metal fittings. Even though some minor works are still on-going, major portion of recent renovation project which begun in 2007 was finished recently. Now is the best time to see the restored lacquer, paint, and decorative metal fittings in their original vibrant colors.
Roud trip train ticket costs around 8,000 yen per person from Shinjuku. Even though we can walk, if we use bus between Nikko railway station and the Shrine, additional 500 yen per person.
Nikko is 634 meters above sea level and temperature is cooler than in Tokyo.
The tour involves walking on slopes and stairs. Highly recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes.
It is best to visit Nikko on weekdays, especially during autumn color season.
Roud trip ticket costs around 8,000 yen per person. Even though we can walk, if we use bus between Nikko railway station and the Shrine, additional 500 yen per person.
We really enjoyed our time with Yoshiro-San in both Tokyo and Hakone. He customized the tours based on our interests and was very knowledgeable about sites and locations. He helped find restaurants and translated menu items due to specific food allergies and dietary restrictions. Also, Yoshiro-San helped us make train arrangements and made it easy for us to navigate public transit. Thank you, Yoshiro-San, for helping make our trip to Japan special and memorable.
You seem to have safely returned home in Seattle. I also enjoyed walking, travelling and eating with Russell san and Andy san in Tokyo and Hakone under a week-long fine weather which you had brought with you to autumn in Japan. It was a big surprise for me to find that good vegetarian dishes that we managed to find at various restaurants and shops are not just healthy but also very delicious and filling. Thank you for your review and please visit Japan again in the near future.
We had a wonderful time with Takano. He was informative, punctual, kind, and very attentive to any needs and/or questions we might have. Takano took the time to make sure we were comfortable operating public transportation so that we would be prepared for the rest of our trip as well. Highly recommend!
Not many American visitors to Japan like to even try to eat Uni or sea urchin nor Japanese eels but you and your wife are very fond of those Japanese delicacies. Thank to your taste, we were able to visit small Sushi restaurant tacked away in a narrow alley at Tukiji outer fish market. You also enjoyed eating street food including glaze-grilled eel. Please come back to Japan again to try more fresh authentic Japanese delicacies with your beautiful/intelligent wife.
Yoshi san was great showing us around on our long layover in Tokyo. The history and knowledge of the area is immense. The sushi restaurant we went to was so authentic and we had an amazing time!
It is good to hear from you, Yatin san. You must have returned to your residence in CA with your lovely wife. I hope both of you have enjoyed all three Asian countries' food including Japanese Sushi. Please visit Japan again and stay a little bit longer.
Our Hakone tour with Mr Takano was an active adventure. Thanks to his suggestions and guidance, we were able to enjoy the loveliest attractions of Hakone. He took our interests in consideration when planning our tour, such as visiting the art museums in Hakone, which deepened our appreciation for art and even Japanese culture. We wouldn’t have had discovered this amazing Soba restaurant in Hakone and even been able to know what to order without Mr Takano’s help. We also appreciated the flexibility when we had a minor setback in our plans, as we were unable to obtain a car. He adjusted our itinerary to fit our situation. My family and I are ever so grateful for Mr Takano’s planning and support.
Thank you for choosing Japan as a venue to celebrate your family reunion after long COVID international travel ban. We especially appreciate your effort to obtain the necessary tourist VISA by visiting Japanese Embassies in Malaysia and in New Zealand. Since you have brought a very good weather with you to Hakone, we were also able to see the entire view of Mt. Fuji without a single cloud. That is considered to be very auspicious in Japan. I am sure Marybeth san and her family have brough home good memories of and good luck from Japan. I will send you the selected family photos that I took in Hakone later.