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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.
After booking our trip online, we were sent an email on when the car would pick us up at our condo. We booked a private car and it was worth every penny. Our driver Chizihu (Luann) was a very polite, a good driver and would let us know at each stop how long we had and where she would be waiting for us. She even stopped in Nikko so we could get a coffee for the trip back. It was so nice not to be herded with a large group of people especially going up to Nikko during the Fall.
We have to said thank you very much to Vicky for her help before the tour started, to communicate with us to be able to meet with her infront of the Toshogu Shrine to start the tour and also she was to inform all the way the rest of the tour
The purchasing process was easy. Shortly after, I got an e-mail from the travel agency. I ended up making some adjustments, which was easy enough and the travel agent was very friendly and helpful.
The ticket bought via get online is cheaper than buy at entrance. Good to buy online advance :) Need to check the shuttle bus/local bus schedule if you don’t drive. Only one or two buses per hour.