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This is the best way to see the best of Nikko when you don't have much time and I still wanted to experience Edo Wonderland. Nikko was such an experience that I almost missed the bus to Edo wonderland. Yasui, our tour leader ran back down to the bus driver and held him there till I caught up. Never had a tour leader do that for me. thank you Yasui
We loved loved loved Edo Wonderland!
Great day trip from Tokyo. The temple visit in Nikko felt a little rushed there was plenty of time to enjoy Edo Wonderland.
This tour is good. Edo Wonderland is a much if you want to see Geishas and Maikos in their kimonos and Samurai. It's a traditional Japanese theme park where they have shows to enjoy including comedy show in JAPANESE that we didn't understand any word haha! You also get to do Japanese traditional activities.
Good trip, very nice guide and good comfortable bus. It was a long trip, that was the only downside, but we have seen some Amazing views here. Edo wonderland is also fun, especially for my 8 year old son!
Edo Wonderland was a great experience. The ninja shows are a must-see.
Edo Wonderland really lives up to its' name. Beautiful and amazing place!
Massahide Namba Brazil
Nikko has a very gorgeous shrine extremely rich in details. Edo Wonderland is fantastic. Overall great experience. Highly recommended.
This trip is highly recommended. The Nikko National Park is stunning when we went but i can imagine how much more kiri beautiful it could get when autumn is in full bloom with all the foliage. Everything was great our tour guide Take was very knowledgeable. The Edo Wonderland is also a must visit the Ninja shows were great and the whole setup makes you feel like you were in the olden Edo days. We were also able to try activities like archery, ninja stars throwing, blow darts, etc. The only suggestion I would give is to make this trip earlier as we had super limited time for the Toshogu shrine due to traffic congestion and we had to hurry up to catch the Edo Wonderland bus. Maybe meeting directly in the terminal earlier is a better setup and leave at 8AM would suffice. Its just too beautiful and enjoyable that the additional 2-3 hours would have made it perfect!
We had a really nice day and enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide was Amy and she was wonderful. Very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Her attitude and attention to detail really ensured that our day was all that we hoped it would be. Nikko National Park was beautiful and the tour commentary interesting. It was raining when we arrived at Edo Wonderland so some of the shows were cancelled but this didn't really spoil the experience and there were still some shows to go to. We did leave the park before it closed because of the rain and because we were hungry. We were told that time frames on the tour were tight at the start of the day so buy food to eat on the way to the park which we did, so it was no fault of the tour that we were hungry, but seeing that we were hungry we decided to go to the train station a bit early to eat before our train trip back to Tokyo. As we were ready to head back to Tokyo before the designated trip time we asked if we could take an earlier train back and were told one change was allowed which really worked for us as we got back to Tokyo by 7.30pm.
the tour itself was ok.. Nikko National Park was amazing but since we had to hurry to get to Edo Wonderland, it took away from Nikko. Really wanted 2 hours at Nikko before heading to Edo Wonderland. I loved Edo Wonderland - nothing but positive things to say here. Def want to go back.
just fyi.. for future travelers, you only have a tour guide at Nikko National Park. once you leave Nikko you are on your own with other travelers.
Very good tour, but I would have wanted more time in Nikko. I understand that Edo Wonderland closes at 5pm, so we had to hurry, but then the tour should leave earlier, like 8am instead of 9am. Many of us didn't have time to buy a souvenir or visit all we wanted to see. I barely had time to go to the bathroom.
Except for the lack of time, Nikko is one of the most gorgeous places I have seen in Japan and it's worth a visit! Edo Wonderland is also very fun, but I feel like you had to know a fair amount of Japanese to be able to enjoy it. Many of the signs are not in English. But there are a lot of things to do that do not require Japanese knowledge and the atmosphere of the Edo period in itself is worth a trip there. I had lots of fun.
Pacheco Ohana USA
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.
Bertrand L Singapore
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.
it was a beautiful area and a great and fun guide, only issues we had was having to split from the main tour group and go by public transport to Edo Wonderland
was a wonderful guide and beautiful place we visited but i wish we didnt have to spit from the main group half way through the day to catch public transport to Edo Wonderland
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.
The first part with the shrines was amazing. I do not recommend Edo Wonderland however. No English guides and solo traveller it was not nice to be the only one who went there, either.
Needs more time at EDO wonderland 2 1/2 hours is not enough to be able to see the shows even if your planning is perfect. Also guests should have an option of having earphone that can translate when you he or she doesn't speak the language
There was not enough time to tour around, especially when we still have to catch the free shuttle bus to Edo Wonderland. And the irony of it all was that there was no shuttle bus available to bring us there! Nobody told us until one of the employees in the shop where the bus was suppose to be stationed informed us that there was no bus. We ended taking a taxi to Edo Wonderland which cost us around 7000yen but we already arrived a bit late and we only stayed for a while coz we have to take a train back to Tokyo. I would suggest to change this tour and instead stick to one place at a time, although it was very beautiful.
This tour needed more attention from the tour guide, Sunny. She wasn't effective and she kept walking ahead and leaving some of the tour members. What I also didn't like was that 2 different tours were combined here. Since Nikko takes at least 2 ½ hour trip from Tokyo, by the time we reached there, it was such a rush to go around Nikko National Park and to look into the shrine. This place is worth exploring, however, to combine it with Edo Wonderland Day Trip was too much in one day. I didn't like the idea that we were left to travel on our own just after 1 ½ hour stay in Nikko park, to Edo Wonderland. EDO is good if you have children with you, since they will surely enjoy the samurai, geisha and the medieval japanese atmosphere. Since Edo closes at 5pm, we stayed only around 2 ½ hours since we had to rush to the train station to get the express limited train back to Tokyo. All of these, we did it on our own. Because of this, I think the price was quite pricy since we didn't have to luxury of having a tour guide with us in the afternoon. Having a tour guide is basically the main reason why tourists choose to join tours. They want somebody to guide them.
Excellent guide and we enjoyed the first part of the tour to Nikko Toshugu shrine. However, Edo Wonderland did not live up to our expectations. Not many people about and did not see the geisha parade although we waited longer than stated. Had a bad fall in the ninja house which was like a funfair crazy house. Left early and caught the shuttle bus back to the railway station but had to wait almost 2 1/2 hours before we could catch a train as our tickets were for a specified departure time. I would recommend that anyone contemplating this tour would do better by visiting the museum department's recreation of the Edo period houses, etc.
Very disappointing. Nowhere was viator indicating that for most part of the tour we were to travel on our own without guidance. We were with 2 other couples from Malaysia and Puerto Rico who also said they were not aware of this 'on your own' arrangement. The Express train that was to take us back to Tokyo at 6.30pm was canceled by the train authority after being on it for an hour motionless. We were transferred to regular train and sat on it for another hour also to be canceled. We were then transfered to a bus and me and my daughter had to stand for over an hour on a fully crammed bus to get to the next unflooded train station. All that at the mercy of the train authority-not viator or the tour operator-and at the mercy of a Japanese couple who speak English and kind enough to guide us through the chaos at the Onsen train station. We didn't get to Asakusa Station until 12 midnight. The shrine part was ok if you had a good guide. Ours, named Hiro, said too much useless information. Skip Edo Wonderland, just not worth your precious day in rich Tokyo.
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