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From Tokyo: UNESCO Shrine and Nikko Scenic Spots Bus Tour

1. 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.

From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

2. From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

Experience the most famous sightseeing spots around Mount Fuji. Learn about Japanese history and culture while soaking in the dramatic views around Mount Fuji. Depart from Tokyo by bus and arrive at Kawaguchiko Oishi Park where you can capture beautiful photos with lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji in the background. Head to Oshino Hakkai, one of the most famous spots in the Fujisan area, and see the 8 different lakes located there. Taste the water from Mount Fuji. Continue to Arakura Sengen Park, located halfway up Mount Arakura in Fujiyoshida in the Yamanashi Prefecture. Take in the panoramic views of the city with Mount Fuji in the background and admire the cherry blossoms. Then, explore Gotemba Premium Outlets or Gotemba Heiwa Koen (Peace Park). Enjoy time to shop or visit the Peace Park in Gotemba City with beautiful views of Mt. Fuji. See the chalky stupa which contains some of the Buddha's ashes. Visit the Buddhist Monastery of Nihonzan Myohoji Temple where 33 Kannon, goddess of mercy, images are housed. Stroll around this authentic Japanese garden before being be dropped back at the Shinjuku Subaru.

Tokyo: Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Waterfall Tour

3. 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.

Private Day Trip to Nikko from Tokyo: UNESCO and Nature

4. 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.

From Tokyo: Private Day Trip to Nikko

5. 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: 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.

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What people are saying about Tokyo

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 1,070 reviews

... great trip ... Beautiful weather and very nice locations. The lake was nice but windy, shame it was just 1/2 hour. The location of the hill with te pagode was on my list for a long time ... very nice view of Fuju in every way. Just get good shoes and good condition. The ponds where also nice and beautiful location again ... rather had 2 hours to visit all 8, just mised one due to time. The Peace Park was ok, liked the valley of the Kannon statues and the garden ... had luck to see and hear the Monks pray. Only downpoint was traffic to Fuji and back. But the day made it ok.

Great fun tour that is well taken care of. Cheerful supervisor who tells a lot and gives you enough freedom. At the end you choose either shopping or going to the park. Great definitely recommended

Very nice trip. Central entry point in Shinjuku and on a beautiful day you will get beautiful views of Mt. Fuji! Definitely worth it and a must do if you want a side trip!

My Fuji was spine tingling amazing to see - the bus journey and the guide and the stops at various observation locations was all wonderful- thankyou for the great day :)

Great tour! Fortunately, the weather was sunny and I took nice pics