Day tour to Nikko from Tokyo - How to go and what to do

by Kenzia - TripleLights travel specialist

There are so many beautiful places in Japan outside of the major places like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

One of which is the Nikko. Nikko is the perfect place to go if you want to explore a little more of Japan without having to travel far from Tokyo. If you have an extra day after traveling around Tokyo, you can try to squeeze in a day trip to Nikko.


You might not be sure where Nikko is, how to travel there, or what to do in Nikko, I’ve got you covered. With so much information on the web, including this article, it will only take a few minutes to get the answers to those things.

In this article, I am going to introduce a little bit of Nikko to you, how to travel to Nikko from Tokyo, popular attractions in Nikko, day tour options to Nikko, and more recommendations. So, sit tight and read on!


Day tour to Nikko from Tokyo - How to go and what to do


Nikko is a city located in the northwestern part of Tochigi Prefecture, which is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. It is Japan’s symbolic international tourist destination. But, not only it is popular for international tourists, but also for Japanese as well.


Nikko is the third largest city by area in Japan, located approximately 140 km (87 miles) north of Tokyo. Nikko is a place with beautiful nature all year round, possessing a World Heritage site. What makes it so popular is its incredible nature, such as the Nikko Mountains and lakes, also the historically famous temples and shrines with the area being designated as a World Heritage Site.


How to travel to Nikko from Tokyo?

Here are ways to travel to Nikko from some major places in Tokyo:


Tokyo station to Nikko (1 h 55 m- ¥5380)
There are several ways you can reach Nikko, but this one is the most efficient one.

-At Tokyo station, you can either take the Yamagata Shinkansen or the Tohoku Shinkansen to Utsunomiya Station.

-At Utsunomiya Station, get off the Shinkansen and switch to Nikko Line (orange) and get off at Imaichi Station.

Shinjuku station to Nikko (2h 15m- ¥3070)

-Take the JR Yamanote Line (light green) to Nishi-Nippori Station.

-At Nishi-Nippori, switch to Chiyoda Line (dark green) and get off at Kitasenju Station.

-At Kitasenju Station, switch to Nikko Kinugawa and get off at Shimo-Imaichi Station.

Narita Airport Terminal 2 to Nikko (around 3h - ¥3560)

-From Narita Airport Terminal 2·3, get on the Narita Skyaccess, and get off at Oshiage Station ‘skytree’.

-From there, switch to Nikko Kinugawa and get off at Shimo-Imaichi Station.


Haneda Airport Terminal 2 to Nikko (2 h 40m- ¥4500)

-From Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal, take the Keikyu-kuyo Line (red) to Shinagawa Station.

-At Shinagawa Station, switch to Tokaido Line (orange) and get off at Omiya Station.

-At Omiya Station, switch to Nikko-Kinugawa and get off at Shimo-Imaichi Station.

Akihabara Station to Nikko (around 2h- ¥2900)
-Take the Hibiya Line (grey) to Kitasenju Station.

-At Kitasenju Station, switch to Nikko-Kinugawa and get off at Shimo-Imaichi Station.

Shibuya station to Nikko (2h 30m- ¥2940)
-Take the Ginza Line (orange) to Asakusa Station.

-At Asakusa Station, switch to Nikko-Kinugawa and get off at Shimo-Imaichi Station.


What to do in Nikko?

Nikko is an area rich with nature. The stunning view of the mountains and lakes, the incredible waterfalls and parks are some of the attractions of Nikko that continue to attract tourists to visit this place. The historically famous temples and shrines with the area being designated as a World Heritage site are what continue to attract the interest of international and Japanese tourists to visit Nikko.


You can enjoy the view of the mountains and lakes, take a stroll in the many different parks, take photos and cross of the popular historical bridges, take baths in the onsens, visit and learn the history of the temples and shrines, enjoy coffee and Japanese food while enjoying the view of the waterfalls, enjoy the theme parks, and many more.

Bottom line?

You can truly experience nature and also many other things in Nikko. Whether you are a nature fan or not, Nikko is a great place to go.


Popular attractions in Nikko

Here are some of the popular attractions in Nikko you should visit:

  • Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura

Here, you can get a taste of the real Edo Era. Enjoy the illusory experience that will make you wonder if you have gotten lost in a movie world. You can have a samurai experience, adult ninja experience, go into the mazes, and many more attractions.


Edo Wonderland, 470-2 Karakura Nikko-shi Tochigi (map)



Business hours

March 20-November 30 (9:00 am-5:00 pm)

December 1- March 19 (9:30 am-4:00 pm)

*closed on December 8-21

*closed every Wednesdays except on March 25-April 7

April 29-May 5

July 21-August 31

December 29-January 5


Adults: 4,700 JPY

Child: 2,400 JPY

Seniors: 3,290 JPY



  • Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine

This is one of the shrines that form the World Heritage site, with 42 structures of the shrine nominated, 5 of them designated as National Treasures of Japan, and 3 of them as the Important Cultural Properties. Here, you can see the extravagantly decorated Yomemon gate and other highlights like the Three Wise Monkeys and Sleeping Cat.


Nikkō Tōshō-gū, 2301 Sannai Nikko-shi Tochigi (map)



Business hours

April- October (8:00 am- 5:00 pm)

November-March (8:00 am- 4:00 pm)


Adults: 1,300 JPY

Child: 450 JPY



  • Kegon Falls

Located in the Nikko National Park, this is one of the most prominent waterfalls in Japan. The main fall is approximately 97 meters tall and has about 12 smaller waterfalls. This is also a popular place to see the incredible autumn colors.


Kegon Falls, 2479-2 Chugushi Nikko-shi Tochigi (map)



Business hours

December- February (9:00 am- 4:30 pm)

March, April, and November (8:00 am- 5:00 pm)

May- September (7:30 am- 6:00 pm)

October (7:30 am-5:00 pm)


Adults: 550 JPY

Child: 330 JPY



  • Taiyuinbyo

This is a registered national treasure said to represent heaven and earth. You can see the beautiful shrine and enjoy the massive complex. This is also a hit place to see the changing autumn colors.


2300 Sannai Nikko-shi Tochigi (map)



Business hours

April- October (8:00 am- 5:00 pm)

November- March (8:00 am-4:00 pm)


Adults: 900 JPY

Elementary and middle school students: 400 JPY

*differs for each attraction, please refer to homepage

*open all year round



  • Tobu World Square

A place where some of the world’s famous buildings are recreated in 1/25 scale. This square has 6 zones, with 102 buildings from 21 countries, including 45 World Heritage sites. The night illumination is also a popular attraction. A must visit place in Nikko. 


Tobu World Square, 209-1 Ohara Kinugawaonsen Nikko-shi, Tochigi (map)



Business hours

Everyday (9:00 am- 5:00 pm) Last admission is one hour before closing time

*December 1 - March 19 (9:30 am-4:00 pm)

*open all year round


Adults: 2,800 JPY

Child: 1,400 JPY


There are still many more popular attractions in Nikko you should visit, such as Nikko National Park, Yutaki Waterfall, Rinnoji Temple, and many more

Make your Nikko day trip more interesting- how?

There are ways to make your day trip to and travel in Nikko more interesting and convenient. Go on a private tour! With private day tours, you will be guided by a private tour guide. With this, you can have an enhanced and better experience while traveling in Nikko.


It’s way more convenient as you don’t have to plan your itinerary yourself and guided by a qualified tour guide. You can visit the popular places and enjoy the many different attractions Nikko offers without hassle.


A good guide can make your trip more interesting by giving you insights of the places your visit and make your trip even more enjoyable.

Look, the thing is…

There are many places on the web that offer day tours to TripleLights, but you never know whether they are a trustworthy and good website or not. That’s why I’m recommending you TripleLights. The website is trustworthy, offering many different day trip options to Nikko. You can also customize the tour itinerary according to your preferences. You also don't have to figure out the transport from Tokyo to Nikko because your guide will help you with that.

Not only the website offers day tours to Nikko, it also offers many different qualified tour guides you can hire to make your trip more interesting and meaningful.

Recommended day tours to Nikko from Tokyo

Day tour to Nikko from Tokyo - How to go and what to do

If you are interested, I’ll list some of my recommendations for a great day trip tour to Nikko.


One of my recommendations is the Kahoko's Excursion from Tokyo to Nikko tour, from which you can experience many popular spots in Nikko and it's customizable to meet your preferences. 

Other recommendations you can check out include Nikko 1-Day Tour and also Nikko Tour.

There are many more day trip tour options to Nikko from Tokyo you can choose from, to check them out, click here.

Get this:

With these day tours, not only you can have a better experience in Nikko by visiting beautiful and popular spots, you can also understand deeper about Nikko with the insights given by your guides. You can have a more convenient travel to Nikko as your guide will guide you. This allows you to have an enhanced yet hassle-free experience!

From the tours mentioned above, the tour guides provide set itinerary suggestions which you can follow or customize according to your preferences.

Another thing!

If you are not looking for private tours but for private guides in Nikko, you can click here. For tours or private guide options for other areas in Japan, you can click here.

I hope this article helps provide useful information for your trip to Nikko, including how to go to Nikko from some major places in Tokyo, what to do in Nikko, the popular attractions in Nikko, tour options for a day trip to Nikko and more recommendations. I hope you have a great time in Nikko!

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Recent Tour Reviews in Nikko

“ Caring Professional Friendly Guide ?? ”

7 months ago Traveler: Sasibha -   Tour Guide: Kaori

We spent the day with Kaori going off the beaten track in Nikkō. From the start, Kaori has been very responsive and clear in her communications. We knew exactly what to expect. We had a lovely day learning more about Japanese history and culture which was made fun because Kaori has a great sense of humour. She is very perceptive and caring as well. Thank you very much Kaori-San for a memorable...
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We enjoyed the time with Tomoko. She is knowledgeable and very organised. Mt Fuji is so beautiful in a clear day! Toshogu Shrine is a must visit place, not only the amazing architecture and decoration, but also the beautiful natural surroundings. Local foods are delicious thanks to Tomoko’s recommendation.
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8 months ago Traveler: Yingyin -   Tour Guide: Yoshihisa

We had a great time with Yoshihisa-san! Booking communication was great - very fast and prompt replies as well as suggestions to help make the tour more efficient. Instructions, details, inclusions/exclusions were communicated clearly Tour itself - Yoshihisa-san was early, gave clear and good introductions and explanations for the sights - also brought along a file with many printed pages of ...
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9 months ago Traveler: TRINA -   Tour Guide: Shoji

We had an enjoyable day in Nikko with Shoji San. He knew Nikko very well, and we learned a lot from him, especially Japanese history! He was also very accommodating, and answered all our questions. He also brought us to a great restaurant for lunch.
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“ Wonderful tour of Nikko sights! ”

9 months ago Traveler: Jessica -   Tour Guide: Jack

Jack was a wonderful tour guide. We spent the day with him in Nikko. It was interesting, fun, and even delicious. He picked a wonderful spot for lunch on top of creating a beautifully-paced itinerary for the day. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and responsive. I recommend very highly!
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“ We plan 3days tour Tokyo, Kawaguchigo and Nikko ”

10 months ago Traveler: Stephanie -   Tour Guide: MICHIKO

We really enjoy our time with Michiko that has patient with all of us 5 people ... Thank you so much Michiko .. especially our time at kawaguchi go and Nikko ... have a nice travelling Ms Michiko
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“ Attentive guide ”

Very Good
10 months ago Traveler: Inez -   Tour Guide: Hideaki

Hikeaki showed up at our hotel lobby early. He was very well prepared. He is attentive and gracious and will match his pace to what his clients like, which is nice. He showed us all the interesting aspects of Nikko. We enjoyed his company and felt well taken care of.
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“ Best day package for nature lovers ”

10 months ago Traveler: Norashikin -   Tour Guide: Jack

My husband and I had the best day trip at Nikko, thanks to Jack's excellent recommendation of places to visit and his impeccable timing. When we first contacted him, we specified that we wanted to enjoy Nikko's nature, and not so much the shrines as we have been to many in Tokyo and Kyoto. He suggested a route which we agreed upon and off we went. We started our day-tour driving through Cedar Aven...
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10 months ago Traveler: Alex -   Tour Guide: Yoko

Let me start by saying Yoko speaks English well with little to no accent which is a huge plus in a guide. She is knowledgeable in Japanese history. We spent an entire day with her and she introduced us to the amazing sites at Nikko. If you want to experience Japanese history (2hr trip from Tokyo) a visit to Nikko is a must and you can not go wrong with Yoko.
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10 months ago Traveler: PIERRE -   Tour Guide: YOSHIO

Yoshio has been a perfect organizer of tailor-made visits to our areas of interest. While this was my 4th visit to Japan, he was able to provide a number of new insights and experiences.
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