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  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:  12 hours (approx.)

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Visit Nikko on a partially guided day trip from Tokyo to learn about the fascinating era when Tokugawa Ieyasu ruled Japan. Take a guided tour of a UNESCO World Heritage site to admire the gorgeous Nikko Toshogu Shrine, burial place of the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa government. From there, head to Edo Wonderland, an amusement park where ninjas, samurais and geishas roam the Edo period village and perform theatrical shows that give you a glimpse into Tokugawa-ruled Japan.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip from Tokyo to Nikko National Park, the Toshogu Shrine and Edo Wonderland
  • Learn about the venerable Toshogu Shrine from your knowledgable local guide
  • See the famous carving of the three wise monkeys depicting ‘hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil’
  • Take in the natural beauty of Nikko National Park and look for wild monkeys
  • Step into the past with a visit to Edo Wonderland, a 17th-century theme park
  • Watch performances of traditional Japanese theater as well as samurai and ninja demonstrations
  • Rent ninja, samurai or geisha costumes to wear

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What You Can Expect

Best of Edo Japan: Nikko National Park and Edo Wonderland Day Trip from Tokyo

Travel back in time to the Edo Period

After pickup from your hotel for the 9am bus to Nikko, begin your day with a guided tour of the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the mausoleum of the first Tokugawa shogun. Follow your knowledgable guide through the gorgeous complex of more than a dozen Shinto and Buddhist buildings superbly decorated by 17th-century Japanese artisans. Look for the carving of the three wise monkeys that illustrates ‘hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil’ – the saying originated here!

Other highlights include the Yomeimon Gate, the five-storied pagoda, and an ornate karomon gate (an architectural feature symbolizing authority). The entire complex is part of the Shrines and Temples of Nikko, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It lies within scenic Nikko National Park, known for its natural beauty and wild monkeys.

Bid farewell to your guide after your tour of Toshogu Shrine and continue on your own for lunch (own expense) in Nikko before taking Edo Wonderland's complimentary shuttle to the historical amusement park. Travel back in time to the Edo period (1603-1868) as you walk through Edo Wonderland’s streets, designed to resemble Tokyo in the 17th century. Pass by samurais, ninjas and geishas and join the fun by renting period costumes, or simply snap photos with the costumed actors. Six theaters feature performances of traditional Kabuki theater, ninja and samurai demonstrations, and shadow picture shows – a precursor to today’s popular Japanese anime.

After a couple of hours at Edo Wonderland, return to Tokyo by bus and train following the clear instructions provided to you.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Edo Wonderland was a great experience. The ninja shows are a must-see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Edo Wonderland really lives up to its' name. Beautiful and amazing place!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Nikko has a very gorgeous shrine extremely rich in details. Edo Wonderland is fantastic. Overall great experience. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

THIS TOUR IS EXCELLENT! THE RAIN SPOILD A BIT INSIDE THE PARK BUT OVERALL WAS FANTASTIC!. ITS A EXPERIENCE SEEING THE GEISHA and PLAYING NINJA IN THIS PARK. IF YOU HAVE KIDS OF FAMILY TRAVELING IN JAPAN, THIS TOUR IS ONE I RECOMMEND. I'LL TELL YOU, IT MAKES YOU FEEL YOUR ARE IN THIS EDO ERA. THE TOUR TIME WAS PERFECT EXCEPT THE FEW RAIN THAT DROPPED WHEN WE ARRIVE IN THE AFTERNOON BUT IT WAS OK COZ IT WAS HOT and HUMID . TRAVELLER: BENJIE FROM SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

Tremendous! The ninja tour is a hidden gem. The live shows and interaction from the performers is top notch. A true highlight of my week long Japan vacation!

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

This was our second Viator tour on this trip. Again, Shinjuku Washington hotel where we were staying was the pickup point, which was super-convenient. We were again whisked to Hamamatsucho Bus terminal and transferred to our tour bus. This was a very rushed affair as somehow we were behind schedule from the start. Our tour guide was again very good and knowledgeable. On our way to Nikko, she gave a history lesson, interjecting how many of the events are manifested in current Japanese society. Also, on the way, the air conditioning on the bus became insufficient as the bus was full to capacity. This was exacerbated by the 90 deg F temp and 70% humidity outside. Arriving at Nikko, we were rushed thru the complex at breakneck speed (45 min for the entire facility--essentially non-stop walking). From here, the tourists doing the Edo Wonderland day trip were put on a shuttle bus to Edo Wonderland. Edo Wonderland is a theme park showcasing Japanese culture in the daily lives of Japanese people, with an emphasis on Ninjas and Samurai. Some of the exhibits were a bit bloody (simulated, of course), but were very well done. Several good eating spots in the complex as well. The complex closes at 5pm. We were given bus tickets to the nearest train station, and train tickets back to Shinjuku station, at the conclusion of the Nikko tour, so we knew how we were getting back. We had some time at the train station to explore and found a wonderful onsen right outside. Travelers put their bags in a cubby, remove their shoes, and soak their feet and hands (separate soak area on top) to relax. It was a nice relief from all the walking. Afterward, we got gelato across the street and caught the monorail to Kanda, then transferred to Shinjuku. I would have given this tour 5 stars if the bus had adequate AC and the Nikko tour wasn't so rushed.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

The tour was great, a lot of old style Japan. The return to Tokyo however is not for people who need there hand held.

Andy T
Singapore

4 star rating: Recommended July 2010

World heritage was beautiful, we love it. Ninja theater was a bit disappointed as we have only short time there looking around. However, the area is definitely worth visiting.

Bertrand L
Singapore

4 star rating: Recommended July 2010

It is kind of too rush for the second half at Edo Wonderland. I only had around 2.5 hours to roam. The shows are almost overlapping. It was an experience doing so.

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2014

Bit too rushed for my liking, plus you need to make your own way to the Edo Wonderland, so a bit concerning. Also got stuck as they book you on a late train back to Tokyo so you have to wait ages to get home. Edo Wonderland was fun though, and good way to experience a bit of culture.

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