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.
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Address: Nikko National Park, Nikko, Japan
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Hours: Open Daily
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Admission: Free
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Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo

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.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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US$122,00
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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US$122,00

NIKKO PASS All Area

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.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
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US$37,00
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Private Nikko Tour: Toshogu Shrine, Kegon Falls, and Lake Chuzenji by Train

Spend a day in Nikko, a town nestled by the mountains and lakes of Nikko National Park. With a guide, you’ll visit the elaborate Toshogu Shrine, which sits on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, having been a center of Shinto and Buddhist worship for centuries. Stop for a typical yuba gozen lunch complete with tempura and udon noodles, then travel on to Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji. The day-long tour includes all public transport and round-trip train transport from Asakusa in Tokyo. Numbers are also limited to just 10 for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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US$261,00
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Chartered Taxi Tour to Nikko from Tokyo

Tick off all the sights of Nikko—without the fuss of arranging your own travel plans—during this full-day, all-inclusive private excursion. Tours include chauffeured pickup from your hotel or airport, so you can settle back and focus on enjoying the attractions. Spot rare bird species at a marshland, visit a 400-year-old Edo shrine, and marvel at live ninja shows at Edo Wonderland.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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US$1 550,00
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Private Chartered Taxi Tour to Nikko from Yokohama

This is a private tour with a taxi and guide. With a local driver and a licensed tour guide, your travel experience in the Nikko area will be an easy task.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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US$1 550,00
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Nikko Tochigi Tour from Tokyo Metro Area Full Day

Spend the day exploring some of Japan's finest treasures in the company of a professional photographer, who will be on hand to take posed and candid photos of you throughuot your journey. You'll visit Nikko Tosho-gu, Nikko Toshogu Treasure Museum, Rinno-ji (area the has 15 Buddhist Temples), Kanmangafuchi Abyss, Nikko Futarasan Shinto Jinja, Kegon Falls, and Ryuzu Falls, with the opportunity to modify your trip based on your personal interests. 
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$3 414,00
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Private Nikko Custom Tour from Tokyo by Chartered Vehicle

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$1 185,00
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NIKKO PASS World Heritage Area

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage shrines in and around Nikko and Kinugawa with this two-day city pass. You'll get access to all sorts of shrines as well as transportation aboard a local bus, making getting around a breeze. The pass also entitles you to all sorts of discounts at local shops and attractions.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
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US$18,00
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  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
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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.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$203,00
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  • Duration: 2 days
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