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.
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
At Tobu Nikko Station, or JR Nikko Station
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
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.)
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.
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.
At Tobu Nikko Station or JR Nikko Station, the tour ends.
I will help you get on a train to Tokyo.
guide fee, hotel pick-up (in this case, please pay the guide's transportation fare from your hotel too)
transportation fare (you and guide), admission fee (you and guide), meals
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Yes, I can. In this case, please pay Hotel escort fee.
Guide’s transportation fare to the place is also required to be paid.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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
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.
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