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Nikko National Park Tours

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Known for its impressive botanical garden, intricate Iemitsu mausoleum, and ornate Toshogu Shrine (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Nikko National Park is an area of incredible natural beauty with plenty to see and do. In addition to shrines and temples, the park is home to numerous lakes, elaborate bridges, excellent hiking trails, and two stunning waterfalls—all set against a backdrop of dramatic mountain scenery.

The Basics
Particularly popular among hikers, nature lovers, and those who appreciate Japanese architecture, Nikko National Park is easily accessible from Tokyo on a day trip, with most travelers visiting as part of an organized tour so as to reap the benefits of a local tour guide and the convenience of roundtrip transportation from the city. For a fully immersive journey into the history of Japanese culture, a trip to the national park can be combined with a visit to Edo Wonderland, a colorful theme park of ancient villages featuring geishas, samurais, and ninjas.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Nikko is a must-visit for nature lovers and adventure travelers.
  • Choose a standard entrance ticket or a World Heritage Pass that includes entrance to the park's shrines and temples.
  • Day trips from Tokyo often include hotel pickup and drop-off and can last upwards of 12 hours.
  • Remember to wear comfortable hiking shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Bring a jacket; it's cooler in Nikko than in Tokyo.

How to Get There
While a guided tour is the most stress-free way to visit the park, independent travelers have several options for getting there on their own. The Spacia bus, the fastest way to reach the park, departs regularly from Tobu's Asakusa Station and takes just under two hours one way. Those who prefer the train can take the Tobu rapid train from Asakusa (two hours and 10 minutes) or the JR train from Shinjuku (about two hours). Be sure to board the correct car, as the trains split up along the way.

When to Get There
In autumn, the foliage of the surrounding mountains—particularly around Lake Chuzenji—turns spectacular shades of red and yellow, making it an ideal time to visit. Other times of year are less crowded. Expect cold temperatures and snow in winter and mild, wet weather in summer.

The Temples and Shrines of Nikko National Park
While many come to the national park for the nature, its cultural attractions are also worth exploring. The eighth-century Rinnoji Temple houses three 28-foot (8.4-meter) gold-leaf wooden Buddha statues, as well as a lovely landscaped Edo-era garden. More than 2.4 million sheets of gold-leaf were used in the construction of the Toshogu Shrine, the most famous structure in the Nikko area. The Futarasan Shrine, the oldest structure in the area, dates back to 1617.
Address: Nikko National Park, Nikko, Japan
Hours: Open Daily
Admission: Free
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Nikko 1-Day Bus Tour :World Heritage of Nikko Toshogu,Lake Chuzenji,Kegon FallsDay Trips

Nikko 1-Day Bus Tour :World Heritage of Nikko Toshogu,Lake Chuzenji,Kegon Falls

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Enhance your experience of Nikko National Park on an enriching full-day excursion from Tokyo. Feast your eyes upon breathtaking countryside, sacred shrines, and stunning temples as you explore the region with an accomplished guide. Visit Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site dedicated to Shinto worship, and hear about the structure’s fascinating history. Opt for the upgrade to pleasure your palate with a traditional Japanese lunch, and then absorb the natural splendor of Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls. Plus, enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Tokyo on this comprehensive tour.
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Nikko Private Tour by public transportationFull-day Tours

Nikko Private Tour by public transportation

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You can enjoy a guided sightseeing tour only with your family and friends. This tour is a tour using public transportation. Guides and you go to the destination by the Tobu limited train or Shinkansen bullet train. You can choose transportation after booking. It is also good to use JR Pass or Nikko Pass. This tour includes Shinkyo Bridge,Nikko Toshogu shrine,Chuzenji Lake and Kegon Waterfalls. If you want to add other places, you can consult with the guide. Why do not you plan a special tour exclusively for you? Enjoy ancient structures and sculptures of Japan at Shinkyo Bridge and Nikko Toshogu shrine. Kegon Waterfalls:Enjoy the scenery and sounds of the waterfall that rushes down from a height of 97 meters Chuzenji Lake:The height of the sea level is 1296 meters. It is a lake in a high place in Japan. For details, please read [what to expect][inclusions,exclusions] page
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 Nikko Scenic Spots and UNESCO Shrine - Full Day Bus Tour from TokyoDay Trips

Nikko Scenic Spots and UNESCO Shrine - Full Day Bus Tour from Tokyo

Marvel at the sight of Japan's most decorated shrine at the Nikko UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enhance your experience if you are lucky enough to travel in Autumn and see one of the best displays of Autumn colors near Tokyo!
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One day private tour to Nikko, the heritage and beauty capital of Japan Day Trips

One day private tour to Nikko, the heritage and beauty capital of Japan

Nikko, the one of the most Historical and beautiful place in Japan. best known for its vast and rich nature as well as the the many famous sightseeing spots, including historical shrines and temples. As it used to be the sacred land of mountain worship, many people visit the place for its distinctive mystical atmosphere as well as most sites are UNESCO world heritage. The destination is indeed interesting but the zig-zag roads and fascinating natural scenery on the way are much more beautiful, interesting and enjoyable. With us, you can enjoy freely as we can customise the tour according your interests.
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13-Day Classic Japan Tour: Nikko, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto from TokyoMulti-day Tours

13-Day Classic Japan Tour: Nikko, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto from Tokyo

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Lose yourself in Japan’s majestic cultural tapestry on a 13-day tour of the country’s iconic locations from Tokyo. Alongside an expert guide, experience the luminescent streets of Tokyo, the poignant monuments of Hiroshima Peace Park, and the soothing hot springs of Hakone. Absorb the sacred atmosphere of the Toshogu Shrine, pleasure your palate with the street food of Takayama market, and spend 12-nights luxuriating in comfortable hotels and guest houses. Enjoy meals indicated by the itinerary, and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 12 people.
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1-Day Nikko & Ninja Tour:World Hertage of Nikko Toshogu and Edo Wonderland Family Friendly Tours & Activities

1-Day Nikko & Ninja Tour:World Hertage of Nikko Toshogu and Edo Wonderland

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Immerse yourself in the captivating history and rich culture of Nikko on a partially guided, full-day tour from Tokyo. Delve into the eventful Tokugawa era during a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nikko Toshogu Shrine, and then venture to the extravagant Edo Wonderland, a colorful enclave in which geishas, samurais, and ninjas roam amid period villages. Watch an entertaining theatrical show to catch a glimpse of Japanese culture and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from Tokyo.
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Nikko Full-Day Private Tour (Tokyo departure) with Nationally-Licensed GuideDay Trips

Nikko Full-Day Private Tour (Tokyo departure) with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Nikko! If you are staying in Tokyo but would like to take some time out to enjoy some sights outside the big city, then this tour of Nikko is for you! There are many reasons why Nikko is a must-see stop during your stay in Japan. Your private guide will help you efficiently escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo on a full-day tour of this historic, beautiful town. Your guide will start your day with a morning pickup at your hotel. Let us know what special requests you have for the day and we will customize your itinerary in advance! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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Nikko one day trip from Tokyo ( Private Charter With English Speaking Guide)Day Trips

Nikko one day trip from Tokyo ( Private Charter With English Speaking Guide)

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In this tour we are going to visit world heritage site “Nikko” with our experienced Guide. Our first stop Toshugu Shrine complex ( Japan’s most levish Shrine) You can see Buddhism and Shinto together at Toshugu shrine. Shinkyo Bridge ( Red Bridge) Shinkyo bridge rank as third Finest bridge in Japan. Kegone Falls Ranked as one of three beautiful waterfalls in Japan. Chuzenji Lake Let’s have a drive at Japan Romantic Road. This Trip is Private Charter, you can Customize the trip at your choice. We are open for your suggestions and recommendations. You will have Nikko Style Lunch. Our English Speaking guide will guide you for your all tour.
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NIKKO PASS All AreaRail Services

NIKKO PASS All Area

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Build your own Nikko adventure with this 4-day Nikko All Area Pass for foreign visitors. With a round-trip ticket from the Asakusa station included plus unlimited Nikko train and bus travel, the pass lets you to explore Nikko over four consecutive calendar days, making it easy to visit the shrines, springs, and temples for which the area is known. Just show your non-Japanese passport and booking voucher to collect your pass, then start sightseeing.
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2-Day Ochijuku Stay and Nikko Sightseeing TourOvernight Tours

2-Day Ochijuku Stay and Nikko Sightseeing Tour

Make the most of your time and forget about the hassle of travel on this 2-day tour from Tokyo that organizes all transportation, accommodation, and admissions. Choose to travel independently or with the assistance of a guide and explore the charming houses of the historic town of Ochijuku. The next day, head for Nikko where you have the rare opportunity to experience a Zazen meditation session in Rinnoji Temple.
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Highlights of Nikko Day Trip by Public TransportationDay Trips

Highlights of Nikko Day Trip by Public Transportation

You can enjoy both historic structures and beautiful nature scenery in Nikko Day Trip. You would be able to enjoy the beautiful nature scenery in each season, for example, cherry blossoms in spring, fresh green leaves in summer, turned red and yellow leaves in autumn and white snow in winter. See inclusions and excursions for what is included in the price of this tour.
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2-Day Nikko Sightseeing and Trekking TourMulti-day Tours

2-Day Nikko Sightseeing and Trekking Tour

Make the most of your visit to Nikko on this 2-day tour that combines sightseeing and trekking, and independent exploration with a guided tour. On day one, visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine, and Rinnoji temple where you participate in a Zazen meditation session. The next day, feeling cleansed and renewed, you meet your guide to embark upon a hike in the Oku-Nikko area, home to abundant natural beauty, featuring waterfalls, lakes, and high marshlands.
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1-Night 2-Day Room & 2 Meals: Hike National Park + Walk Toshogu World HeritageHiking & Camping

1-Night 2-Day Room & 2 Meals: Hike National Park + Walk Toshogu World Heritage

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Get away from the hustle and bustle of your travel and make the most out of the UNESCO world heritage and the beauty of Nikko National Park. Our small group tour combines freedom of self-exploration and ease of guided experiences. Our activity is led by an English-speaking guide. You don’t need to make an arrangement for ride, accommodation or dinner/breakfast as they are already included. Day 1: The UNESCO World Heritage Site Exploration Meet us at the Tobu/JR Nikko and we take you to Kirifuri Waterfall and Kanmangafuchi Abyss. It is followed by a self-exploration of Nikko World Heritage Area including Shinkyo Bridge, Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan Shrine, Rinoji Temple Day 2: Nikko National Park Guided Hiking We take you to Yumoto Onsen. The guide walks you through Yunoko Lake, Yudaki Waterfalls, Senjogahara marshland, and Ryuzu Waterfalls. We also stop at Kegon Waterfall. You may add additional night(s) for a fee and visit EdoWonderland. Please contact us when you reserve.
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Nikko Day Trip by Train: Toshogu Shrine and Sake BreweryDay Trips

Nikko Day Trip by Train: Toshogu Shrine and Sake Brewery

Take a day-long tour of Nikko, and see the sights in a small group with a maximum of just six people. After admiring the cascades of Kegon Falls, you'll visit the Nikko Toshogu Shrine that was built to commemorate the revered Japanese leader Tokugawa Ieyasu. Stop to sample sake at the Watanabe Sahei Shop and learn about the brewing process of the beloved Japanese rice wine before your tour ends. The day trip includes a return train ticket between Nikko and Asakusa in Tokyo.
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  • 9 hours
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Day trip to mountainous Nikkō from TokyoDay Trips

Day trip to mountainous Nikkō from Tokyo

You’ll join one of our hosts for a jaunt out of Tokyo explore the beautiful mountainous city of Nikkō, where you’ll visit sacred Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and relics from the Edo Period. You also happen to be in a region renowned for its sake (rice wine), so after you’ve visited the iconic Toshogu Shrine, the ornate Taiyuinbyo Shrine and the Rinnoji Temple, stop at a distillery with your host and sip on some fresh sake whilst sampling the local delicacies of soba (buckwheat noodles) and yuba (tofu skin)! Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You'll also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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Private Tour: Nikko Guided Full-Day Tour from Tokyo by Limited Express TrainDay Trips

Private Tour: Nikko Guided Full-Day Tour from Tokyo by Limited Express Train

Get a taste for Japanese history and traditional culture during this 9-hour private trip to the city of Nikko. Travel aboard the limited express train and arrive in Nikko, where you’ll explore the city’s Toshogu Shrine and Rinnoji Temple. Spend the afternoon learning about Japanese sake during a VIP tour at a local brewery.
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  • 9 hours
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Private custom tour: Chartered car to Nikko, Toshogu Shrine, Edo Wonderland etcDay Trips

Private custom tour: Chartered car to Nikko, Toshogu Shrine, Edo Wonderland etc

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Explore the UNESCO-listed temples and shrines of Nikko starting from one of the most gorgeous architecture in Japan, the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, father of the capital of Japan witch was called EDO for 265 year until 1867. Any request is welcome as it will be a fully private tour just only for your group, any location in Nikko area can be included in your original itinerary withing the time frame. ex: Edo Wonderland, Kegon water fall and Lake Chuzenji, visiting a sake brewery etc.,.
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Fully Customizable Private Tour in Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Nikko etc.Day Trips

Fully Customizable Private Tour in Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Nikko etc.

This is a fully customizable private day tour in Tokyo and the Kanto area where we can discuss your trip and what you want to do. If you are not sure of what to do in Tokyo or the Kanto area, then I can make recommendations based on your preferences! Examples include a tour of Tokyo, or a day trip to Kamakura, Hakone and Nikko from Tokyo. Japan boasts a rich history and culture which in conjunction with the modern pop culture movement, makes it a very interesting country. With many tourist spots, I can be your private guide to provide you a memorable experience in Japan. (I can also go to your destination as long as the transportation fees are covered. )
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11-hour Nikko tour, with Private Car, from/to TokyoDay Trips

11-hour Nikko tour, with Private Car, from/to Tokyo

Explore Nikko at your own pace and in the company of just your party and a driver/guide. This private tour from Tokyo takes you to discover such landmarks as the Kammangafuchi Gorge,Rinno-ji Temple, Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and more.
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Nikko Toshogu and Kegon Falls 1 Day *H.I.S. Quality Tour* from TokyoDay Trips

Nikko Toshogu and Kegon Falls 1 Day *H.I.S. Quality Tour* from Tokyo

With this tour you will visit the main attraction of Nikko area: the amazing architecture of Tosho-gu Shrine and the resort area of Lake Chuzenji, one of the highest lakes in Japan, with its outstanding Kegon Falls. You will depart with your guide from Tokyo Station bus terminal to reach Nikko on a comfortable highway bus.
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Private Nikko Custom Tour from Tokyo by Chartered VehicleCustom Private Tours

Private Nikko Custom Tour from Tokyo by Chartered Vehicle

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Charter a sedan, van or minibus with a professional driver and set out with your private party on a full-day excursion from Tokyo to Nikko. Customize your own route and sightseeing itinerary to UNESCO-listed landmarks such as Toshogu shrine or take the family to Nikko Edomura, popular theme park that replicates the Edo period. If you’d like, upgrade your private tour and be accompanied by an informative guide.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Full-Day Nikko Walking around World Cultural Heritage SitesDay Trips

Private Full-Day Nikko Walking around World Cultural Heritage Sites

Explore the sacred town of Nikko with your own private guide, and hear the history behind sites such as Toshogu Shrine and the Mausoleum of Tokugawa Iemitsu as you walk. The town has been a hub of Buddhist and Shinto worship for centuries, and you’ll learn all about its religious background as you visit Nikko’s many temples and shrines. Note that entrance fees are at your own expense.
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2Days 1Night, Tokyo~Nikko ~ Ouchi-Jiku ~ Aizu, from/to Tokyo, with Private Car

We offer you several selling points other travel companies could never do. Effective : Because the guide and driver is same person. On top of it, he plays Photographer's roll. Comfortable : Because the cars we use are spacious and luxury. Exciting : Because you will savor a local food like they would do. Flexible : Because the schedule is up to you. This is full-private tour for you. Inquisitive : Because you will learn a lots of Japanese History. This is a 2days-trip to visit Nikko, Ouchi-Jiku, and Aizu where inbound travelers come to zero in on when they stay in Tokyo as a short excursion. Statistically, they stay in Tokyo for 4 days in straight. But we propose that why don't you enjyoy staying in Japanese style ryokan and savor hot spa there. It should be an exciting experience. Because we are experts in transport and guide service, all you have to do is to book a hot spa ryokan in Aizu or Nikko and take this tour.
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1 day private car/van Nikko sightseeing with English speaking driver.Day Trips

1 day private car/van Nikko sightseeing with English speaking driver.

-What You Can Expect- A small town with a deep cultural and religious history. The tour covers the components of the World Heritage designated sites of Nikko, including the Toshogu Shrine, Tamozawa Villa, Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji Japan’s highest natural lake. Explore world heritage Nikko in a single day without the hassle of public transportation. Relax in a chartered car with private English speaking chauffeur and take the liberty to customize the default itinerary to best fit the needs of your group. Our private chauffeurs are knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and English speaking general guides will help create unforgettable travel experiences in Nikko. -Highlights- . Private Chartered Car/Van . Hotel pickup and drop-off provided inside 23 wards Tokyo . English Speaking Driver . Flexible Itinerary
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What are Nikko National Park hours of operation?
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Nikko National Park hours of operation: Open Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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