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  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:  11 hours (approx.)

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Explore the scenic shrines and breathtaking countryside of Nikko National Park on a relaxing day trip from Tokyo. Famous for its stunning beauty amid natural surroundings, Nikko has been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for centuries. With an informative guide, visit the ornate complex of Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site decorated with wood carvings and gold leaf. Upgrade for a Japanese lunch, and then take in more sights at Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls. Enjoy round-trip coach transport, including hotel pickup.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Nikko National Park from Tokyo
  • See the impressive wood carvings and ornate structures of Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Wander the Tamozawa Imperial Villa with an informative guide
  • See the mystical Kirifuri Waterfall from an observation deck
  • Enjoy a Japanese lunch (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup included (selected hotels only), with drop-off at Shinjuku or Ginza stations

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Learn the origins of the proverb 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' on this day trip with stunning scenery and eye-catching shrines.

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What You Can Expect

Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo

Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo

Board a comfortable coach at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal after morning pickup from your selected Tokyo hotel. Then enjoy the drive to Nikko, a small city at the entrance to Nikko National Park — a place of stunning scenic beauty.

The highlight here is the world-famous Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO-listed mausoleum of the first Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan until 1868. This gorgeous complex contains more than a dozen colorful structures featuring the superb craftsmanship of Japan's 17th-century artisans, set amid a tranquil forest.

Spend approx. 1.5 hours exploring the Toshogu Shrine your guide, admiring the lavish gold-leaf decorations and ornate details, including five buildings categorized as National Treasures of Japan. Be sure to look out for the famous carving of monkeys depicting the ‘hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil’ proverb.

Take a break for a Japanese lunch (provided, if upgrade selected) and then spend an some time at Lake Chuzenji.

Next, travel to Kegon Waterfall, considered one of the three most beautiful waterfalls in Nikko. You have 30 minutes to capture the perfect picture from the observation deck, located directly in front of the 264-foot (80-meter) cascade, which takes its name from the mist created by the water hitting the rocks below and producing an enchanting fog-like (kirifuri) quality.

Finish your tour at Shinjuku or Ginza stations — Tokyo's most popular shopping and entertainment districts. Browse the stores or relax with dinner and a drink at one of the many restaurants (own expense), before making your own way back to your hotel.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The bus picked us up at the hotel and then took us to the bus station where we changed over for the Nikko tour - it was pretty straightforward and even though there were lots of tours leaving from the same location, the tour group was very well organized.
It took a couple of hours drive but we finally arrived at the Nikko Toshogu Shrine UNESCO site of the Tokugawa shogun. Gorgeous place out in the middle of the mountains. Lots of fantastic architecture and carvings. We got to see the origin of the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil monkey carvings. I left the tour for a little while to go to one of the gardens, Shoyoen Gardens near the Rinnoji Temple while everyone else was touring the Toshogu temple. I finally caught up with the rest of the tour. After that, we went to a restaurant for a Japanese lunch, lots of dishes that I didnt recognize but they were mostly excellent.
After that, we drove to the Lake Chuzenji but there was so much rain and fog that we couldnt see very much. Lots of switchbacks so it was clear that we were very high up but fog, yeah. Then, we went to the Kegon Falls which was also in the fog. It did part a few seconds so we could see the waterfall but after that, we just drove back to Shinjuku station and the hotel.
I thought the tour was excellent really, lots of info, lots of beautiful scenery even in the rain and I'd recommend it to anyone thinking of taking it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A definate must if you're in tokyo. Not only do get to drive on the iroha slopes, but also get to the amazing blue lake at the top of the mountain.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing tour , amazing tour guide as well , too informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a great day, other than the change of venue! Everything was great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour and guide excellent and very well organized.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I really liked this tour. Atsuko-san was so sweet and accommodating. The lunch was also delicious, and Nikko is breathtaking. It would have been nice to have more time in/around Mt. Nantai, but for a day trip this was nearly perfect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour guide Shima was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable. The sites visited were great. Lunch was very enjoyable. No toilet on the bus, however, the bus stops at pullouts where there are toilets and food. Nikko was great, very pretty. The waterfall had frozen sections which were striking. Long day but worthwhile. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Overall, an excellent trip. It would have been nice to have a little longer at the waterfall, to be able to take the gondola down to gain a better view of the falls.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Fascinating and interesting place ץ beautiful landscapes and charming guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The tour guide was very professional and caring. The tour itself was good

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