Surrounded by mountains and forest, Nikko had been a center of syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism since 8th century. Toshogu Shrine, Rinnoji Temple and Futarasan Shrine are situated in the sacred ground of Sannai area. Picturesque scenery in Oku Nikko attracts hikers in the cycle of seasons.
Sample Itinerary (10-hour tour)
Enjoy private walking tour in Nikko, including historical temples and shrines registered as UNESCO World Heritage as well as natural wonder that Nikko has to offer.
Your tour guide (licensed tour guide) will pick you up in the hotel lobby in Tokyo. Move to Nikko by limited express train. In Nikko, you will move by taxis, buses and on foot.
You will pass by sacred red bridge (Shinkyo). Shinkyo, part of Futarasan Shrine, stands at the entrance to Nikko's historical and architectural assets.
Visit Toshogu shrine, built by Shogun Tokugawa to enshrine him as the God to be the peace keeping guardian in Japan. Enjoy gorgeous architecture with multi-colored carvings and gold leaf under Chinese influence.
Then, move to Futarasan shrine, established with a respect for Mt. Futara (today's Mt. Nantai). People believed that there were deities in mountains for natural phenomenon such as clouds, rain, snow and thunder.
Lunch at local eatery can be recommended.
After lunch, visit Kegon Waterfall in Nikko National Park, which is known as Japan's three most beautiful falls. Enjoy a stunning view from the observation deck. The Kegon waterfall coming down from 100 meters high is absolutely dynamic.
Take a train back to Tokyo (2 hours).
Return to your hotel in Tokyo.
Strawberry picking (From December to May)
Visiting strawberry park can be an option before going to Nikko. Enjoy 30 minutes all-you-can-eat strawberry picking. Japanese strawberries are surprisingly sweet and beautifully shaped. Tochigi prefecture is one of the most famous places in Japan for strawberry cultivation. Tochigi's strawberries are now exported to overseas countries.
Strawberry picking can be enjoyed from December to June
* Subject to availability.
Kanmangafuchi Anyss has been created by lava erupted from Mt. Nantai long time ago. About 70 of Ojizo stone statues (called "Bake (Ghost) Jizo") are properly lined up in south bank of the river and their facial expressions are different one by one. This serene short hiking path (10-15 minutes), which creates even eerie atmosphere, is an interesting place for those who are looking for off-the-beaten spot in Nikko.
Tamozawa Imperial Villa memorial Park
The villa, partially used as a residence for Kishu Tokugawa family in Edo period, was relocated to Nikko in 1899, combined with local banker's villa, and served as a summer residence for Imperial family. The architecture, one of the largest one of this kind in Japan, showcases not only lifestyle and culture of Imperial family, but also the traditional architectural style of different periods.
Price for this sample itinerary
(price per group)
|2 persons||3 persons||4 persons|
(10% consumption tax included)
Including: Nationally-licensed English-speaking tour guide, admission fees, public transportations (including reserved seats in limited express between Asakusa and Nikko), service charge and consumption tax.
Not Including: Lunch
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- This itinerary assumes using trains from and to Tokyo. To travel more easily, it is possible to arrange a car throughout the tour at extra fee. Ask price of a tour with a private car. If you would like to start or end in other cities, please also contact us for the price.
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- If you can spend more than a day, we strongly recommend staying overnight in or around Nikko. We recommend staying in a nice classic hotel or hot spring ryokans in Nikko area.
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