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Sculpture Wonderland in Nikko: Shinkyo Bridge, Rinnoji Temple, Toshogu Shrine, & Taiyuin

Art, Culture, & Historical
Japanese (Native), English
10 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

Nikko, which has been acknowledged as World Heritage in 1999, has temples and shrines with awesome sculptures.

We will ride a Tobu express train for approximately two hours from the east side of Tokyo area to visit there and take time to appreciate them.

You can enjoy Yuba (tofu skin), which is one of the local specialities, buckwheat noodles or curry and rice etc. as lunch.

Yoko T.
4.84 / 5
(109 reviews)

Meeting Point

At JR Nippori Station/ Asakusa Station/ Kitasenjyu Station (unless you choose the hotel meetup option)

Shinkyo Bridge ( You can cross the bridge, if you pay ¥300, Sr. High School Student ¥200, Jr. High & Elementary School Student ¥100)

Rinnoji Temple (Sanbutsudo&Daiyuin Set Ticket: Adult ¥900, Elementary School &Jr. High School Student ¥400)

Toushogu Shrine (Adult/Sr. High School Student ¥1300, Elementary&Jr. High School Student¥450)

Futarayama Shrine

Rinnoji Jougyodo

Taiyuin (Rinnoji Temple Set Ticket)

Option for early riser: Kanaya Samurai House (Adult¥550, Children under 12 years old ¥280)

Ending Point

At your hotel or the places you prefer to during the tour

What to Expect

We will visit the temples and shrines in Nikko. The sculptures are awesome.

Please take your time as you can take pictures as much as you can at the places allowed.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guiding fee, The guide's Admission fee

What‘s not included

Transportation fare (You and guide: From Asakusa to Tobu Nikko, round trip is approximately¥4320 for each adult/1760 yen for each child younger than 12 years old, if we can get there 15 minutes before our Limited Express and buy tickets at Asakusa)

meals, snacks, beverages,

Admission Fee (please check the highlights for the fee)

Important Information

It will be first booked, first served basis, but could you make inquiries before booking?

If you're interested in TOKYO, MOUNT FUJI, or NIKKO, please CHECK the TOURS before you make inquiries.

(Some transportation for Mount Fuji or Nikko might be fully booked if you do last minute booking.)

I could also guide KYOTO, HIMEJI etc. if you will cover my transportation fare round trip from Tokyo.

If you'd like a car chartered, please check the PRIVATE CARS TOUR by yourself.

It's concerned with your budget, so I'm afraid I cannot make arrangements for that, but I will be happy to guide you with the car you chartered.

It's impossible to make quotes without knowing the spots you would like to visit.

Nikko and Mount Fuji are approximately two hours on Limited Express from Shinjuku or Asakusa.

Tokyo is not a compact city, but a huge one.

If you have difficulties with stairs, please tell me in your message. Thank you.

We will walk a lot, so please wear walking shoes like sneakers.

There is no way of avoiding stairs. The accessibility of the World Heritage is very low.

Nikko is much colder than Tokyo, and we will be outdoors for quite a long time, so please prepare things to keep you warm.

The temples and shrines close at 17:00 from April 1, 16:00 from November 1.

Basically, there is only one Tobu Express for Nikko every hour, so I hope you will be punctual with the meeting time.

If you don't walk so much and you don't want to visit all the spots in the highlights, please feel free to send a message.

I will arrange the itinerary based on your requests.

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



Jonathan P.

5 / 5
Sep 30, 2023

Yoko the great

I recently had the pleasure of exploring Tokyo with Yoko as my guide, and it was an unforgettable experience. Yoko's knowledge and understanding of the city made my trip truly exceptional. From the moment we met, Yoko's warm and welcoming demeanor put me at ease. She took the time to understand my interests and tailored our tour accordingly. Her ability to listen and adapt to my preferences made the day feel like a personalized adventure. What truly sets Yoko apart is her extensive knowledge of Tokyo's history, culture, and hidden gems. As we explored the city's bustling streets and serene gardens, she shared fascinating insights and stories that brought each location to life. Yoko's passion for Tokyo is infectious, and I found myself captivated by every detail she shared. Yoko's practical tips and recommendations were invaluable. She effortlessly guided me through Tokyo's intricate public transportation system, ensuring that I never felt lost or overwhelmed. Her insider tips led me to some of the best local eateries and shops, allowing me to savor the authentic flavors of the city. Overall, my day with Yoko was not just a tour but a cultural journey. Her informative and understanding nature made me feel like I was exploring Tokyo with a friend who genuinely cared about my experience. I can wholeheartedly recommend Yoko as a guide for anyone looking to uncover the treasures of Tokyo while creating cherished memories along the way. Thank you, Yoko, for making my Tokyo adventure truly unforgettable!

Yoko T.

Wow, I cannot believe you wrote such an amaing review!! You were rather quiet so I'm quite surprised that you were impressed that much. I'm completely flattered and so glad you enjoyed the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Meiji Jingu Shrine and the Kill Bill restaurant. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip and will be looking forward to explore the city more on Thursday. Please have a lot of fun and see you soon!!


Eleonor L.

5 / 5
Sep 25, 2023

"Tokyo Up-to-You Tour with Ms. Yoko"

Our group of six is quite challenging but Yoko is amazingly showed us the most highlights must to see in Tokyo from ancient to modern. If you are first timer in Tokyo and wanted to explore more, Ms. Yoko T is all you need!! Thank you Yoko for our best experience with you.

Yoko T.

Thank you for your review, Eleanor san. Your group was amazing will all of you being nice people. It was great to see you taking a lot of pictures and appreciating each site: East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Ueno Park, Tokyo National Museum, Asakusa and the night view of Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba. I hope Mr. Lovell will enjoy the book "Samurai Castle." Have a nice flight back home!!


Madeline K.

5 / 5
Sep 22, 2023

Great Tour! Sake Was A Huge Highlight

Yoko did a great job! Our favorite part of the tour was a sake tasting. She showed us some of the best sake we have ever had. She took us to an excellent not well known shop that had exclusive sake. This is a place that would be really hard to find for tourists/ locals only. The lunch in yanaka was also a locals only place that served delicious home style meals. Yoko went above and beyond and went to a shop after the tour to see if a shop had a seasonal item in stock for me. She made recommendations for things for us to do after based on our itinerary. I highly suggest booking a sake tasting with Yoko! And checking out Yanaka with her

Yoko T.

Thank you so much for a great review. I had a blast myself seeing how you Madeline and Amy reacted vividly to each sake, giving your candid impressions and enjoyed so many different sake. I appreciate your Irish DNA that you could appreciate so much of them. It is a popular sake restaurant but because we did sake tasting from 2:30 pm to 4 pm, we could be the only customers there for nearly for an hour. Nobody has written a review for the Tripadvisor yet but you can find some at Tabelog. They have nearly 100 brands of sake with wide variety of newer fragrant type to rather traditional type. I think they serve delicious food too. Going to local restaurants without Michellin stars but good and reasonable anyway is something you can do with only the local guides. We could enjoy sitting on tatami mats and enjoy a typical Japanese soul food, Nikujaga Teishoku set. There are so much more sake I would like to recommend so please come again soon. Thank you again for making it a great day, writing a great review and your generosity. Please enjoy the rest of your day here and please say hi to Amy, too. Best wishes, Yoko


Lily L.

5 / 5
Sep 17, 2023

Delightful Day in Nikko

I had a wonderful day in Nikko with Yoko as my guide last week. Prior to booking the tour, Yoko very promptly and patiently responded to all my queries and gave me various options to consider. She went the extra mile to visit my hotel before my arrival, dropped off some information on Nikko with a Tokyo subway map. She even planned out the route for me to take to our agreed meeting point. Yoko made sure we covered all the sites I wanted to visit. She is knowledgeable and took pains to ensure I didn't miss any treasured highlights in Nikko. Thank you Yoko.

Yoko T.

Lily san, thank you so much for a wonderful review and a lovely day.  It was nice goring around Rinnoji Temple, Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan Shrine and Taiyuin Temple with you. You made the whole day interesting. We could also visit the first Western Inn, Kanaya Samurai House and enjoyed the tranquilty and Kanmangafuchi Gorge with the many jizou statues. You previewed a lot before the visit and I really enjoyed talking with you with a lot of topics. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay. Thank you again for the lovely day, Lily san!!

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