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Tokyo: Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Waterfall Tour

1. Tokyo: Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Waterfall Tour

After meeting at 7:50AM, your tour leader will greet you at the ground floor of the Shinjuku Subaru Building next to the Shinjuku JR Station west exit. At 8:00AM, you will depart from Shinjuku to Tochigi prefecture, where Nikko City is located. At around 10:30AM, you will travel to the first stop on your tour, the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. This shrine is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868, known as the Edo Period. You can appreciate the beauty of this shrine complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, whilst learning the interesting stories and legends of the buildings from your guide. After visiting the Nikko Toshogo Shrine, you will pass through the Iroha Slope. It is famous for its 48 sharp turns along its route, and is portrayed in the animation ”Initial D”. The road is very popular for its autumn leaves in the fall. At 12:30PM, you will arrive at the Kegon Waterfall. This almost 100-meter-tall waterfall is the most famous of Nikko's many beautiful waterfalls. It is even ranked as one of Japan's three most beautiful falls, along with the Nachi Waterfall in the Wakayama Prefecture and the Fukuroda Waterfall in the Ibaraki Prefecture. At 2:00PM, your tour will be separated into two groups, you can choose according to your preference to either walk along Lake Chuzenji, or to experience the Nikko hot spring. Before finishing your tour, you will stop by the Onihei Edo service area, which is the most interesting service area with edo style design and traditional souvenirs. At 6:00PM, you will be dropped back at the Shinjuku Subaru Building, where your tour will end.

Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket

2. Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket

Enter the renowned Edo Wonderland in the beautiful city of Nikko to learn about one of the most defining eras of Japan. After entering, feel like you have traveled back into the Edo period as you navigate the town constructed with traditional Edo architecture. Choose to wear a traditional kimono from a selection of various ranks and take the opportunity to become an Edo citizen for the day. Become a lord, samurai, princess, farmer or a different kind of citizen, making for great photo opportunities. Be immersed in the culture and experience the complex beauty of being dressed in kimono.  Enjoy a variety of live performances including the popular ninja performances, oiran cultural shows, water magic shows, and a variety of other traditional plays. Try authentic cultural experiences. Learn the basics of how to handle a samurai sword or traditional archery. Take a lesson on how to play the musical instrument Shamisen, how to apply traditional handmade beni lipstick, how to do ukiyo-e woodblock printing or aizome indigo dying.  Learn unique facets about Edo culture through various exhibits including the Edo firefighters exhibition and swordsmith exhibit. Discover fun unique amusements including a mechanical maze, a ninja house filled with secrets, and the mysterious ninja training house, where the laws of physics seem to not apply. Taste authentic seasonal Edo cuisine at various restaurants in the park. 

From Tokyo: Nikko UNESCO Shrine and Nature View 1-Day Tour

3. From Tokyo: Nikko UNESCO Shrine and Nature View 1-Day Tour

Experience Tochigi Nikko, a charming town in Japan’s Tochigi prefecture with plenty of attractions where you can experience authentic Japanese culture. Visit various historical and cultural landmarks in the company of a driver/guide. Start your journey at Shinjuku or Tokyo station, depending on the option selected. Meet your driver/guide and hop into their comfortable vehicle as you head to your first location. Arrive at Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is not to be missed. This site is the memorial of Tokugawa Leyasu, who founded the Tokugawa shogunate.Peruse sculptures full of legends such as the "Three Apes", "Sleeping Cat", and the "Singing Dragon" inside the building.(ticket excluded) Continue on your journey with a visit to Shōyō-en Garden, renowned for its beautiful autumn foliage. Be amazed by the 3,200-square-meter garden within the precincts of Rinno-ji Temple, with a history spanning over 1,250-years. (From Oct.15th to Dec.10th) Stroll on the historic street of Nikko City, along the pilgrimage route where you can find restaurants and souvenir shops. Many shops here sell Nikko specialties like "Yuba" and Japanese sweets.(From Oct.15th to Dec.10th) Start from Dec.11, will go to visit Observation Deck instead of Rinno-ji Temple Shoyoen Garden.Akechidaira Ropeway Observation Deck is the most popular observatory in Nikko area, with views of both Chuzenji Lake and Huayan Falls. From the east side of the observatory, you can also look at the screen rock made up of continuous cliffs, and the rolling mountains in the distance. It takes only 3 minutes to reach the observation deck at 1373 meters above sea level by taking the aerial cable car from Mingping. Take a pleasant drive down Irohazaka Road, one of "Japan's Top 100 Roads." This mountainous road in Nikko is famous for its scenic driving route, with a total of 48 turns along the uphill and downhill lanes. It's particularly stunning during autumn, known for its vibrant fall foliage making it very popular. Don't miss Japan's highest-altitude natural lake-Lake, Chuzenji. Throughout the seasons, it offers breathtaking scenery, including rhododendrons in spring, lush greenery in summer, vibrant autumn foliage, and snowy landscapes in winter. Admire the magnificent Kegon Falls which was formed when the Daiya River was rerouted by lava flow. Kegon Falls is also an unmissable attraction, which is one of the three major waterfalls in Japan, a large waterfall formed by the river flowing from Lake Chuzenji. Be in awe of the water pouring down from a height of 97-meters, set-off by the different scenery in different seasons next to it. Finish your day of adventure with a transfer back to the original meeting point.

From Tokyo: Nikko World Heritage Private Tour by Car and Van

4. From Tokyo: Nikko World Heritage Private Tour by Car and Van

Embark on a private adventure to the mesmerizing realm of Nikko on a day trip with hotel transfers from Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, or Yokohama. Nestled amidst lush landscapes and steeped in ancient traditions, enjoy a day of exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites, captivating shrines, and natural wonders. Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of Toshogu Shrine, adorned with intricate carvings and vibrant colors, and traverse the awe-inspiring Kegon Falls, where cascading waters create a symphony of tranquility. Follow your guide on a journey of discovery, unraveling the secrets of Nikko's rich cultural tapestry. Whether strolling through vibrant markets, savoring delectable local cuisine, or indulging in a rejuvenating onsen experience, every moment is a delightful embrace of Japan's captivating heritage.

From Tokyo: Nikko Private Full-Day Sightseeing Day Trip

5. From Tokyo: Nikko Private Full-Day Sightseeing Day Trip

Explore world heritage Nikko in a single day without the hassle of public transportation. Relax in a chartered car with private English speaking Guide and take the liberty to customize the default itinerary to best fit the needs of your group. Our private Guide are knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and English speaking guides will help create unforgettable travel experiences in Nikko. Let's have a drive at Japan Romantic Road. You will have Nikko Style Lunch. One more big plus, These trips are fully Customizable.We are open for your suggestions and recommendations.

From Tokyo: Private Nikko World Heritage Sights Day Trip

6. From Tokyo: Private Nikko World Heritage Sights Day Trip

Chat with your driver as you travel, and put together an itinerary that’s focused on the Nikko sights you want to see with a private experience that is customizable. Tailor stops to suit your unique interests. Start with pickup from your accommodation in the 23 Wards of Tokyo. Relax in a comfortable car on a drive through the picturesque Japanese countryside. Let your private driver take care of traffic and navigation for you. Stay connected along the way with the on board wi-fi. Venture into the mountains north of Tokyo and arrive in the small city of Nikko in the charming Tochigi Prefecture. Have free time to visit the Toshogu Shrine. Explore 42 structures of the shrine, including a stunning five-story pagoda. See for yourself why this area is considered a national treasure. Stop at a local restaurant where you purchase a traditional lunch. Get recommendations on where you can get some authentic yuba gozen (set meal with tofu skin). Take in the beauty of the Kegon Falls where water free falls off of a cliff into a verdant landscape. Return to your accommodation in Tokyo at the end of your day trip with a deeper appreciation for Nikko's history and natural beauty.

From Tokyo: Guided Day Trip to Nikko World Heritage Sites

7. From Tokyo: Guided Day Trip to Nikko World Heritage Sites

The tour will start after meeting at Shinjuku LOVE stature near Shinjuku Station. Upon arrival in Nikko, we will have lunch first. Lunch is Chestnut Okowa Aoi Gozen (Only for those choose option with lunch). *menu is subject to change without notice. After the lunch, we will first visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a gorgeous structure registered as a Unseco World Heritage site. Then, we will head to Kegon Falls. This is a spectacular waterfall that drops all the way down a 97-meter-high cliff from the Lake Chuzenji, which we will visit afterwards. Finally, we will go to Lake Chuzenji. Enjoy the scenery of Lake Chuzenji, which is beautiful in each of the four seasons! The tour will take about 3 hours to Tokyo, arriving at 18:30~19:00.

From Tokyo:Nikko Full Day Tour w/Hotel Pickup by Private Car

8. From Tokyo:Nikko Full Day Tour w/Hotel Pickup by Private Car

Nikko is famous not only for its Hot Springs, but also for its beautiful nature, as well as the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, bearing the title of UNESCO World Heritage. This shrine has been dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun of Edo Period. The history of the area, and beauty of its nature will be shown in this one-day tour. This is an experience that should not be missed out on. Itinerary Akechidaira Observation Area Shinkyo Bridge Chuzen-ji Temple Edo Wonderland Kegon Falls Nikko Tosho-gu

Japan self-guided app complete with multilingual audio guide

9. Japan self-guided app complete with multilingual audio guide

Discover Japan at your own pace with our self-guided tours and audio guides in several languages. Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture and beauty of this country while exploring historical monuments, sacred temples and breathtaking landscapes - don't miss this unique opportunity to experience Japan through your own eyes and ears! The complete tour of Japan includes the following destinations with audio guide (multilingual), with about 300 points of interest to get to know this beautiful country: - Tokyo (115 points of interest), with sections such as Minato, Central Tokyo, East Tokyo, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Taito. - Kyoto (78 points of interest), with sections such as: North Kyoto, South Kyoto, Higashiyama, Arashiyama, Gion and Kyoto Must-sees. - Nara (10 points of interest) - Takayama (13 points of interest) - Kanazawa (23 points of interest) - Nikko (15 points of interest) - Osaka (19 points of interest) - Koyasan (21 points of interest) Our tours are designed to introduce you to Japan's most iconic sights, from vibrant Tokyo to historic Kyoto. Each tour includes a multilingual audio guide that will provide you with detailed information about the places you visit. Our tours are ideal for: - People traveling alone or as a couple. - People who want to save money. - People who want to get to know Japan at their own pace. Book your tour today and start your trip to Japan.

Full-Day Private Tour in Nikko Japan English Speaking Driver

10. Full-Day Private Tour in Nikko Japan English Speaking Driver

Nikko’s most historic shrines and temples are designated World Heritage sites and National Treasures of Japan. Learn more about Japanese culture and history at Toshogu Shrine, Rinnoji temple, be impressed by the high Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzenji, beautiful Shinkyo bride above Daiya River and admire Japan’s highest lake, Lake Chuzenji. This tour is for travelers interested in history nature and culture.Toshogu, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu.Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries.Nikko and the Okunikko area around Lake Chuzenji, in particular, are well known for their beautiful autumn colors (koyo). In the average year the colors start descending from the higher elevations of Yumoto Onsen in early October, are best around Lake Chuzenji and the Irohazaka road in mid to late October and reach the town of Nikko in the first half of November.

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Our guide Ali took great care of us. He is a very friendly and courteous driver who contacted us early on. The day was wonderful, also thanks to the uncomplicated travel arrangements. It was a lot of fun and we would book again

Amazing day wuth a very good and friendly driver (Aman). Nikko is wonderful, the mountains and views are very beautiful and the lake abd falls were so nice too. Everything was perfect. Thank tou.

We had a very nice and flexible driver who managed also the very adverse weather conditions (heavy snow) during our trip.

Adeel was very friendly and the tour was very good Everything excellent We recommend it

It met our expectations. our driver Abid served us very well. excellent service.