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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: Nikko UNESCO Shrine and Nature View 1-Day Tour

2. From Tokyo: Nikko UNESCO Shrine and Nature View 1-Day Tour

Experience Tochigi Nikko, a charming town in Japan’s Tochigi prefecture with plenty of attractions where you can experience authentic Japanese culture. Visit various historical and cultural landmarks in the company of a driver/guide. Start your journey at Shinjuku or Tokyo station, depending on the option selected. Meet your driver/guide and hop into their comfortable vehicle as you head to your first location. Arrive at Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is not to be missed. This site is the memorial of Tokugawa Leyasu, who founded the Tokugawa shogunate.Peruse sculptures full of legends such as the "Three Apes", "Sleeping Cat", and the "Singing Dragon" inside the building.(ticket excluded) Continue on your journey with a visit to Shōyō-en Garden, renowned for its beautiful autumn foliage. Be amazed by the 3,200-square-meter garden within the precincts of Rinno-ji Temple, with a history spanning over 1,250-years. (From Oct.15th to Dec.10th) Stroll on the historic street of Nikko City, along the pilgrimage route where you can find restaurants and souvenir shops. Many shops here sell Nikko specialties like "Yuba" and Japanese sweets.(From Oct.15th to Dec.10th) Start from Dec.11, will go to visit Observation Deck instead of Rinno-ji Temple Shoyoen Garden.Akechidaira Ropeway Observation Deck is the most popular observatory in Nikko area, with views of both Chuzenji Lake and Huayan Falls. From the east side of the observatory, you can also look at the screen rock made up of continuous cliffs, and the rolling mountains in the distance. It takes only 3 minutes to reach the observation deck at 1373 meters above sea level by taking the aerial cable car from Mingping. Take a pleasant drive down Irohazaka Road, one of "Japan's Top 100 Roads." This mountainous road in Nikko is famous for its scenic driving route, with a total of 48 turns along the uphill and downhill lanes. It's particularly stunning during autumn, known for its vibrant fall foliage making it very popular. Don't miss Japan's highest-altitude natural lake-Lake, Chuzenji. Throughout the seasons, it offers breathtaking scenery, including rhododendrons in spring, lush greenery in summer, vibrant autumn foliage, and snowy landscapes in winter. Admire the magnificent Kegon Falls which was formed when the Daiya River was rerouted by lava flow. Kegon Falls is also an unmissable attraction, which is one of the three major waterfalls in Japan, a large waterfall formed by the river flowing from Lake Chuzenji. Be in awe of the water pouring down from a height of 97-meters, set-off by the different scenery in different seasons next to it. Finish your day of adventure with a transfer back to the original meeting point.

From Tokyo: Nikko World Heritage Private Tour by Car and Van

3. From Tokyo: Nikko World Heritage Private Tour by Car and Van

Embark on a private adventure to the mesmerizing realm of Nikko on a day trip with hotel transfers from Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, or Yokohama. Nestled amidst lush landscapes and steeped in ancient traditions, enjoy a day of exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites, captivating shrines, and natural wonders. Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of Toshogu Shrine, adorned with intricate carvings and vibrant colors, and traverse the awe-inspiring Kegon Falls, where cascading waters create a symphony of tranquility. Follow your guide on a journey of discovery, unraveling the secrets of Nikko's rich cultural tapestry. Whether strolling through vibrant markets, savoring delectable local cuisine, or indulging in a rejuvenating onsen experience, every moment is a delightful embrace of Japan's captivating heritage.

From Tokyo: Nikko Private Full-Day Sightseeing Day Trip

4. From Tokyo: Nikko Private Full-Day Sightseeing Day Trip

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your accommodation in any of Tokyo's 23 Wards and relax on the drive in a comfortable vehicle that is equipped with air-conditioning. Stay connected along the way with the on board Wi-Fi router on the way to the charming city of Nikko. Learn about local sites with stories from your guide. Have the option to suggest stops along the route. Stop at the Toshugu Shrine complex where you can purchase a ticket to uncover stunning Buddhist and Shinto shrines and a five-storied pagoda. Continue to the Shinkyo Bridge, over an emerald river and framed by a picture-perfect forest. Head to Kegone Falls at Lake Chūzenji in Nikkō National Park. Marvel at the roaring water as it falls 97 meters and splashes majestically into the crystal-clear waters of Lake Chūzenji. Soak up the tranquility of nature as you ride along the famed Romantic Road. Arrive in Nikko city where you can explore this quaint city with recommendation from your guide. Get suggestions on where to try some local food, like some delicious yuba tofu. Return to your accommodation in Tokyo with unforgettable memories at the end of your tour.

From Tokyo:Nikko Full Day Tour w/Hotel Pickup by Private Car

5. From Tokyo:Nikko Full Day Tour w/Hotel Pickup by Private Car

Nikko is famous not only for its Hot Springs, but also for its beautiful nature, as well as the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, bearing the title of UNESCO World Heritage. This shrine has been dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun of Edo Period. The history of the area, and beauty of its nature will be shown in this one-day tour. This is an experience that should not be missed out on. Itinerary Akechidaira Observation Area Shinkyo Bridge Chuzen-ji Temple Edo Wonderland Kegon Falls Nikko Tosho-gu

Full-Day Private Tour in Nikko Japan English Speaking Driver

6. Full-Day Private Tour in Nikko Japan English Speaking Driver

Nikko’s most historic shrines and temples are designated World Heritage sites and National Treasures of Japan. Learn more about Japanese culture and history at Toshogu Shrine, Rinnoji temple, be impressed by the high Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzenji, beautiful Shinkyo bride above Daiya River and admire Japan’s highest lake, Lake Chuzenji. This tour is for travelers interested in history nature and culture.Toshogu, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu.Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries.Nikko and the Okunikko area around Lake Chuzenji, in particular, are well known for their beautiful autumn colors (koyo). In the average year the colors start descending from the higher elevations of Yumoto Onsen in early October, are best around Lake Chuzenji and the Irohazaka road in mid to late October and reach the town of Nikko in the first half of November.

From Tokyo: Guided Day Trip to Nikko World Heritage Sites

7. From Tokyo: Guided Day Trip to Nikko World Heritage Sites

The tour will start after meeting at Shinjuku LOVE stature near Shinjuku Station. Upon arrival in Nikko, we will have lunch first. Lunch is Chestnut Okowa Aoi Gozen (Only for those choose option with lunch). *menu is subject to change without notice. After the lunch, we will first visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a gorgeous structure registered as a Unseco World Heritage site. Then, we will head to Kegon Falls. This is a spectacular waterfall that drops all the way down a 97-meter-high cliff from the Lake Chuzenji, which we will visit afterwards. Finally, we will go to Lake Chuzenji. Enjoy the scenery of Lake Chuzenji, which is beautiful in each of the four seasons! The tour will take about 3 hours to Tokyo, arriving at 18:30~19:00.

1Day Private Nikko World Heritage Tour English Driver

8. 1Day Private Nikko World Heritage Tour English Driver

Head to Nikko with a private driver to discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toshogu Shrine, savor an authentic yuba gozen lunch, and see the Kegon Falls. Perfect if you’re looking for an easy day trip, this option is customizable to you. Chat with your driver as you travel, and put together an itinerary that’s focused on the Nikko sights you want to see. Ages 0-99 Duration: 10–12 hours Start time: Check availability Mobile ticket Live guide: Japanese, English Meet & Greet Petrol/Gas Highway Tolls English Speaking Driver Aircon Modern & Clean Vehicle WiFi Hotspot Router (In Vehicle, when available) Fuel surcharge Landing and facility fees What's not included Gratuities Food and drinks

From Tokyo: Private Cultural Day Trip to Nikko UNESCO Sites

9. From Tokyo: Private Cultural Day Trip to Nikko UNESCO Sites

Experience the wonders of Nikko on a trip from Tokyo with a private driver. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this enchanting destination, from Kegon Falls to Lake Chuzenji. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites and discover the city's perfect blend of nature, tradition, and modern comforts. Depart from Tokyo and head to Nikko. When you arrive, visit the Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its ornate architecture and intricate carvings. Follow with a short ride to Kegon Falls, one of the three famous waterfalls in Nikko.  Marvel at a 97-meter-tall waterfall and take a unique elevator ride down to its base. Afterward, enjoy time for lunch in the nearby Lake Chuzenji area, where you can taste local cuisine while taking in the stunning views of the lake (costs not included).  After lunch, spend more time exploring the natural surroundings of Lake Chuzenji, such as the Chuzenji Temple and the winding road of Irohazaka. Before heading back to Tokyo for drop-off, visit the Kanmangafuchi Abyss, a scenic gorge lined with hundreds of Jizo statues.

Nikko Private Full-Day Sightseeing Day Tour

10. Nikko Private Full-Day Sightseeing Day Tour

One day private tour to Nikko is a great choice. Nikko is a picturesque town located in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and rich cultural heritage. During your tour, you can visit the famous Toshogu Shrine, which is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The shrine is known for its intricate wood carvings and beautiful architecture. You can also explore the surrounding area, including the Shinkyo Bridge, Rinno-ji Temple, and the Tamozawa Imperial Villa.

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4.2 / 5

based on 130 reviews

We enjoyed our day trip. The meeting place was difficult to locate, so, if the host was there 30 minutes prior to departure, it would help. Our host was humorous and we enjoyed that. We were impressed with his knowledge and it's made us want to go and learn more. The stop offs were planned well but too short... as foreigners it was interesting going there!! Especially the tradional one. We had hoped to go into the Onsen but being unable to wear a swimming costume out is off... we understand this is a cultural custom, but we would never do such thing where we are from so had to miss out, sadly. Lastly, we would like to thank both the driver and the host who made the trip special.

This was an amazing last minute travel experience that my boyfriend and I booked and we were so glad we did! Despite some hiccups with the booking platform, our driver, Waheed, was very communicative and took us to all the great parts of Nikko. It was pretty crowded and the destinations were far apart, so having Waheed there to take us around, drop us off when there was a long line of cars and limited parking, and pick us up when we were done was soooo worth it. He was also very flexible with moving things around according to what we wanted to do and our timing. I don’t know how we could’ve had such a smooth trip without him! Thank you!!

This was my second time in Japan and this was my favorite tour . Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly . The tour didn’t feel rushed . Highly recommend this tour. Thank you for an amazing experience.

The guide was also very kind and it was a wonderful trip. thank you very much. I was very satisfied.

Had the perfect weather for the best view, very cool and highly recommended!! :)