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Tokyo: Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Waterfall Tour

1. Tokyo: Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Waterfall Tour

After meeting at 7:50AM, your tour leader will greet you at the ground floor of the Shinjuku Subaru Building next to the Shinjuku JR Station west exit. At 8:00AM, you will depart from Shinjuku to Tochigi prefecture, where Nikko City is located. At around 10:30AM, you will travel to the first stop on your tour, the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. This shrine is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868, known as the Edo Period. You can appreciate the beauty of this shrine complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, whilst learning the interesting stories and legends of the buildings from your guide. After visiting the Nikko Toshogo Shrine, you will pass through the Iroha Slope. It is famous for its 48 sharp turns along its route, and is portrayed in the animation ”Initial D”. The road is very popular for its autumn leaves in the fall. At 12:30PM, you will arrive at the Kegon Waterfall. This almost 100-meter-tall waterfall is the most famous of Nikko's many beautiful waterfalls. It is even ranked as one of Japan's three most beautiful falls, along with the Nachi Waterfall in the Wakayama Prefecture and the Fukuroda Waterfall in the Ibaraki Prefecture. At 2:00PM, your tour will be separated into two groups, you can choose according to your preference to either walk along Lake Chuzenji, or to experience the Nikko hot spring. Before finishing your tour, you will stop by the Onihei Edo service area, which is the most interesting service area with edo style design and traditional souvenirs. At 6:00PM, you will be dropped back at the Shinjuku Subaru Building, where your tour will end.

From Tokyo: UNESCO Shrine and Nikko Scenic Spots Bus Tour

2. From Tokyo: UNESCO Shrine and Nikko Scenic Spots Bus Tour

See the Shinto shrines of Nikko on a guided tour from Tokyo. Admire the architecture and spiritual significance of these UNESCO Heritage Sites as well as the scenic views of Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji, with a lunch also included. Start the tour from either Shinjuku or Ueno in downtown Tokyo. Relax on an air-conditioned bus and climb up the thrilling 48 turns of the Irohazaka slope. Head to your first tour destination, the breathtaking Kegon Falls, at around 100 meters high. Follow the stream to the scenic Lake Chuzenji to have about an hour for a delicious lunch at Hitachi-ya, one of the best restaurants in the area with a gorgeous view of the lake. During autumn, you can take pictures of the seasonal colors with the lake in the background.  After lunch, move on to the holy sites of the city, the UNESCO heritage Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Futara-san Shrine. Toshogu Shrine is the final resting place of General Tokugawa Ieyasu. Be amazed by the masterpiece mixture of Japanese spirits with ancient Oriental building designs.  Learn the history of Futarasan Shrine which is dedicated to the deities of Nikko's 3 most sacred mountains, Mount Nantai, Mount Nyoho, and Mount Taro. Admire the golden details of the main hall in the shrine, while being surrounded by stunning autumn colors. At the end of the tour return to Shinjuku.

Private Day Trip to Nikko from Tokyo: UNESCO and Nature

3. Private Day Trip to Nikko from Tokyo: UNESCO and Nature

Set off towards the Nikko area after being picked up at your hotel in Tokyo. Your first tour destination is the breathtaking Kegon Falls, at around 100 meters high, and are one of the top three waterfalls in Japan. Follow the stream to the scenic Lake Chuzenji. During Fall you can take in the drama of the seasonal change in colors with the lake in the background, and take some wonderful pictures. The area is home to many shrines and temples, which you'll also visit on your tour of the area.   After arriving at the designated sightseeing spot, you will have the opportunity to explore the area on your own. The flexibility of a private transfer means you have the opportunity to return to your hotel in Tokyo at any time. You also have the option to book an English-speaking guide to accompany you on your trip to Nikko who will be with you throughout the day.

Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket

4. Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket

Enter the renowned Edo Wonderland in the beautiful city of Nikko to learn about one of the most defining eras of Japan. After entering, feel like you have traveled back into the Edo period as you navigate the town constructed with traditional Edo architecture. Choose to wear a traditional kimono from a selection of various ranks and take the opportunity to become an Edo citizen for the day. Become a lord, samurai, princess, farmer or a different kind of citizen, making for great photo opportunities. Be immersed in the culture and experience the complex beauty of being dressed in kimono.  Enjoy a variety of live performances including the popular ninja performances, oiran cultural shows, water magic shows, and a variety of other traditional plays. Try authentic cultural experiences. Learn the basics of how to handle a samurai sword or traditional archery. Take a lesson on how to play the musical instrument Shamisen, how to apply traditional handmade beni lipstick, how to do ukiyo-e woodblock printing or aizome indigo dying.  Learn unique facets about Edo culture through various exhibits including the Edo firefighters exhibition and swordsmith exhibit. Discover fun unique amusements including a mechanical maze, a ninja house filled with secrets, and the mysterious ninja training house, where the laws of physics seem to not apply. Taste authentic seasonal Edo cuisine at various restaurants in the park. 

Nikko: Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

5. Nikko: Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

Discover Nikko on a fully customizable private tour. Choose what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and the local partner will arrange a tour to suit you. Start your day by meeting your guide and then choose the sites you wish to visit depending on your interests. Example 6-hour Itinerary: Meet your guide at Tobu Nikko Station and get the bus to Nikko Tosho-gu shrine. Discover the impressive carvings of the shrine which showcase the techniques of Edo period craftsmen. See carvings of animals, such as the three monkeys said to be admonishing mankind, the sleeping cat, as well as ornate buildings and a five-storied pagoda. Hop on the next bus to Lake Chuzenji via Iroha Zaka. Enjoy the views throughout the journey on this famous winding road. Enjoy lunch by Lake Chuzenji with the brilliant colors of the leaves contrasting with the lake's pristine waters. Take a short walk along the shore of the lake to better experience the beautiful scenery. Continue to Kegon Falls, one of the three most famous waterfalls in Japan. See the water flowing from Lake Chuzenji as it falls from a height of 97 meters. To experience the full power of the waterfall, take the elevator to the viewing platform at the base of the falls where you can view them up close.

From Tokyo: Nikko's Shrines & Lake Chuzenji Private Day Trip

6. From Tokyo: Nikko's Shrines & Lake Chuzenji Private Day Trip

Set off towards the Nikko area after being picked up at your hotel / your home. Your first tour destination is the breathtaking Kegon Falls, at about 97 meters high, which is one of the top three waterfalls in Japan. Follow the stream to the scenic Lake Chuzenji (Circumference 25km, Water depth 163m). During Autumn, you can take some stunning pictures of the seasonal colors with the lake in the background. After arriving at a sightseeing spot in Nikko such as Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan Shrine and Nikkozan Rinnoji, you will be exploring the place on your own. ※Zhensho Yashason is put on view to the public at special venue in Nikkozan Rinnoji Sanbutsudo from 4th Feb.2022 to 3rd Feb.2023 which is held once every 9 years. -------------------- 【COVID-19 Safety Measures】 ・Safety screen installed between driver's seat and passengers' seats in vehicles. ・Vehicles regularly sanitized. ・Vehicles regularly ventilated for fresh air circulation. ・Regular temperature checks for all drivers. ・Drivers wears a face mask. ・Drivers regularly sanitize/wash hands. ・Drivers have a hand sanitiser for passengers.

From Tokyo: Private Day Trip to Nikko

7. From Tokyo: Private Day Trip to Nikko

Travel to Nikkō and enjoy the small city nestled in the foothills of gigantic, snow-capped mountains north of Tokyo. Meet your host in Tokyo and head to your destination on the Tobu Railway Limited Express.  You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Immerse yourself in centuries of Japanese culture and see two grand mausoleums and an array of Edo relics adding to Nikkō’s rich history. Visit the Buddhist temple of Rinnō-ji and Toshogu Shrine, a 17th-century treasure with a stunning five-story pagoda, that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  You can take a trip up to the mountains, which are home to Nikkō National Park. It is one of Japan’s most spectacular protected areas, where Lake Chūzenji drains through Kegon Falls, a 97-meter natural marvel. With your host by your side, lace-up and tackle some of its mesmerizing walking trails, some of which lead to hidden waterfalls and secret Shinto shrines. Once you leave the forests, before heading back to Tokyo, quiet the tummy rumblings at a local eatery, and crunch down on some yuba, or tofu skin, a local delicacy, and wash it all down with some locally-brewed sake.

From Tokyo: Day Trip to Nikko with English Speaking Driver

8. From Tokyo: Day Trip to Nikko with English Speaking Driver

There are many reasons why Nikko is a must-see stop during your stay in Japan. Your private driver will help you efficiently escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo on a full-day tour of this historic, beautiful town. Your driver will pick you up at your hotel, the nearest station, or your preferred location around Tokyo. Passing by Irohazaka Route, made up of 48 hairpin turns throughout the different upslope and downslope roads, it is known as the best place to view the autumn leaves. Stop at Kegon Falls, the most famous of Nikko’s 48 waterfalls. Water from Lake Chuzenji falls 97 meters straight down to the rocks below creating a dynamic and artistic work of nature. A special lift takes visitors to the basin where the force and roar of the water can be witnessed close up. Visit the waterfall when surrounded by the fresh green leaves in May, house martins in June or the “12 falls” - small streams of the frozen waterfall clad in blue ice - during January and February. Visit Lake Chuzenji to enjoy the seasonal charms of the lake, particularly when the cherry blossoms or azaleas are in bloom. Walking trails surround the water’s edge and there is an excursion boat available on the lake. Go to Senjogahara, the battlefield, that refers to a mythical battlefield where legends say that the gods of Mount Nantai and Mount Akagi fought once to claim the neighboring lakes as their own. The battlefield has now changed to a battle of charms as various plants and fauna reside in the vast field. Take a hike along the trail for a personal experience with the plants and birds that visit the place. Or head over to the observation deck for a stunning panoramic view of the marshlands. Either way, be ready for a breath-taking sight that you will not regret. Stop at Nikko Toshogu Shrine. Understand why “Don’t say ‘magnificent’ until you’ve seen Nikko” visiting the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, and nearby shrines and temple. The shrine contains 55 buildings including 8 national treasures and 34 listed buildings. The highlights are sumptuous carvings lacquered and richly colored brilliantly, which you will gaze at craftsmanship assembled from all over the country. Do not miss the symbol of peace “Sleeping Cat”, and the “Three Monkeys” with the “see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil” poses.

Osaka: Japan Pocket WiFi Router Kansai Airport Pickup

9. Osaka: Japan Pocket WiFi Router Kansai Airport Pickup

Access 4G LTE WiFi across Japan with this pocket router that connects to the Softbank Network. Never get lost in Japan again, with Unlimited WiFi data, which enables you to use Map Apps, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, watch Youtube videos and even Netflix. Pick-up the WiFi router at the Kansai International Airport, located in Osaka. Just visit the Kansai International Airport arrival lobby 1F between 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM to pick up your device and start using the internet. The devices can be returned at most major airports in Japan, or via delivery from any hotel, Family Mart, or Lawson convenience stores.

Shinjuku Pickup: Japan Pocket WiFi Router 4G LTE Unlimited

10. Shinjuku Pickup: Japan Pocket WiFi Router 4G LTE Unlimited

Access 4G LTE WiFi across Japan with this pocket router that connects to the Softbank Network. Never get lost in Japan again, with Unlimited WiFi data, which enables you to use Map Apps, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, watch Youtube videos and even Netflix. Pick-up the WiFi router at the Shinjuku Counter, which is located a 2 min walk away from the Higashi Shinjuku station. Same day pick-up available. The business hours at 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM, on weekdays only. When you are finished, the devices can be returned at most major airports in Japan, or via delivery from any hotel, Family Mart, or Lawson convenience stores.

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What people are saying about Nikko

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 102 reviews

On the night before, I came up with the idea, "Let's go to Nikko!" I like traveling by myself. I would recommend this tour for foreigners to the same type of Japanese for the following reasons. [Keep time fair] Everyone is desperate not to get lost in a foreign country. Nobody doesn't follow the meeting time everywhere they go. [I don't smell like alcohol] Japanese ojisans (even though they are themselves) will start drinking sake and canned beer right in their cars, right? For those who don't drink in the daytime, traveling on a savory bus is just painful. That point was really helpful. [It is difficult to talk in the car] If you are caught by another passenger who likes talking on a bus tour, it is the last time. (Only the memories of that person remain from the memories of the trip.) In addition, in the case of a bus tour for Japanese, the guide will talk about everything and let the passengers get tired, but the guide of this tour will talk briefly about t

In this short tour I was able to visit the shrine, see the water fall, the beautiful lake, mountain and enjoyed a local onsen. The two rest stops were worth visiting as well because there were clean toilets (one had ikebana and origami display), nice restaurants and shops :) Every activity was well paced out I think. The tour guide was very patient and helpful. She came prepared with the map drawn by her and English explanation. She gave tips on where we had better spent more time at the shrine. The onsen experience was not really amazing. It's a very small local and indoors onsen. Overall, considering the price that I paid for and places that I have experienced within a day, all's good.

Excellent driver, calm, punctual and efficient. Beautiful, comfortable, clean car. Have a good trip, interesting tour. Recommendation for an excellent restaurant. At home at the moment. It doesn't get any better.

Perfect way to stay connected. Very easy and conveniant. If the could deliver to the hotel it would be perfect!

Recommended, you can have Internet to guide you where you want to go.