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Historical and Artistic Exploration of Nikko Tour with autumn leaf coloring

11 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

Let’s enjoy the Nikko World Heritage. Nikko stands for one of the spiritual centers of Japanese society. The most significant place in Nikko is Toshogu. I will explain about background stories. By learning these stories, you will get deep knowledge about Japanese culture. You can enjoy a beautiful cherry blossom in late April and a beautiful leaf coloring early and middle of November.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Mari.

  • Toushogu Shrine (Let’s explore why Tokugawa Iyeyasu wrote his will to make a shrine in Nikko and what kinds of wonderful artistical work 17C's artists did.)
  • Rinnoji Temple (Sanbutsu-do - a prestigious temple with 1200 years history)
  • Shinkyo Bridge (Legend of Priest Shodo crossed the bridge with God help.)
  • Futarayama Shrine (The shrine preserves an ancient Shinto practice: the worship of mountains.)
  • Taiyuin (Let’s explore why Taiyuin is not gorgeous like Toshogu.)
  • Kanmongafuchi Abyss (An untouched peaceful place by tourist. Passing a row of many Jizo bodhisattvas in the quiet grove along pure cerulean streams.)

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What to Expect

Nikko is famous for a wonderful harmony of natural beauty and architectural splendor. In late April, Rinnoji’s 500 years old Oyama-zakura cherry tree blooms beautifully and November, you can enjoy leaf-coloring.
Without the historical and artistical basic knowledge, you cannot enjoy or learn anything from Nikko Toshogu and Ninno ji. I will explain (1) Tokugawa’s Political strategies which provided 260 years of peaceful world (2) Shinto/Buddhism syncretism (3) Classification of Buddhism statues, (4) Yin Yan thought, (6)Chinese culture influence at Toshogu

Let’s enjoy together nature and history in Nikko.

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Departure & Return

Depart From Tokyo
Starting time 07:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel or the place of your convenience
Ending Point At the place of your convenience

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick-up in Tokyo 23rd area

What‘s not included

Transportation fare (You and guide: From Tokyo to Tobu Nikko, round trip is approximately¥5400 each person, If you have JR pass, It’s free for you but please pay JR7,120 yen for guide.):::,
If you want to meet and see off at Nikko station, let’s keep the tour charge and you don’t have to pay my transportation because I can absorb into the tour charge. :::,
World Heritage Bus Pass ¥500
Admission fees (Shinkyo 500 yen, Rinnoji/Taiyuin 900 yen, Toshogu-shrine 1,300 yen)
Lunch, meals, snacks, beverages,
If you want to go Kegon waterfall, let's take a train 7:30 from Tokyo. Bus fare from Nikko station to Kegon waterfall costs 2,100 JPY/per person.


For Nikko tour, I would like to meet up in tokyo. If you want to meet up in Nikko, you need to pay for my transportation fee to Nikko.
We will walk a lot, so please wear walking shoes like sneakers.
There is no way of avoiding stairs. If you don't want to walk so much and you don't want to visit all the spots in the highlights, please feel free to send a message. I will arrange the itinerary based on your requests.
Nikko is much colder than Tokyo, and we will be outdoors for quite a long time, so please prepare things to keep you warm,
The temples and shrines close at 17:00.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 71 )
4.9 (71) Reviews
Very Good
Milan Milan Singapore ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Very nice and recommended ”

Mari was very helpful and patient in taking us through our trip. She made the effort to pick us up from hotel. She also explained the history behind the various places we visited. We told we are vegetarian and she found a great lunch place on the tour. Highly recommended.


Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was my pleasure to guide you in Tokyo. I also think that the vegetarian restaurant was delicious. We were lucky to see beautiful leaf-coloring in Rikugi-en Garden. I hope Jessica feels better now. Please enjoy the rest of your journey in Japan. Thank you again.

Lisa Lisa United States ( Solo )
1 month ago

“ Best way to spend a Narita Airport layover & experience Japanese culture! ”

Mari helped me make the most of my layover, very efficiently introducing me to Japanese culture. In just four hours, she introduced me to Japanese pastries, we toured a gorgeous temple and grounds, attended a tea ceremony, visited a shrine, strolled the very quaint and historic town of Narita, shopped for personalized chopsticks and other crafts, and ate delicious ramen. Throughout, Mari provided history and context for the many Japanese traditions we witnessed. This was by far the best ever layover! Mari met me at the airport and escorted me back, helping me navigate the 10-minute train ride to Narita. She speaks excellent English and is wonderful! I urge anyone with a Tokyo airport layover to try her tour.


Thank you very much for your excellent review. I also enjoyed guiding you in Narita. We were lucky; we were able to attend an authentic tea ceremony surrounded a beautiful leaf-coloring garden and to enjoy listening to a comfortable music. There activities were special for that weekend only. I am sure you took a nice break from your business trip and restored your energy for your future work. Thank you again. Regards, Mari

Davy Davy Philippines ( Couple )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ excellent 4-hour tour with Mari ”

Mari is a very cheerful and experienced tour guide. She brought us to Tsukiji and showed us all the interesting stores and places at the market. She narrated the interesting stories and events that happened at Tsukiji. Instead of queuing for hours to try quality sushi at the market, Mari steered us to a little sushi shop, Sushi Cho, a few blocks from Tsukiji which sells excellent quality sushi without the long line. Mari accompanied us to Ometasando Hills, the Olympic stadium and the Akasaka state guest house. I will definitely engage her services when we visit Tokyo in the future.


Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed my tour today. I hope Joyse will find the limited version of LV bag in future. When you plan to visit Japan next time, please let me know to guide you again.

Michelle Michelle United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Amazing day trip to Nikko ”

We could not have experienced Nikko in one day without Mari. She knew all the special sights and could explain the history and rituals to us. She let us take our time to explore and answered all of our questions. I would highly recommend for a tour of Nikko and any other tour she offers.


Thank you very much for your excellent review. It was my great pleasure to guide you in Nikko. I will never foreget the beautiful leaf-colloring in Nikko, especially Taiyu-in temple and Kanmangafuchi Abyss. I hope you will continue enjoying the rests of your journey in Japan. Thank you again.

Gloria Gloria Canada ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Exceeded expectations ”

We could not have asked for a better guide. Via emails, Mari determined our interests well ahead of time, and prepared an itinerary that not only included sights we requested but also introduced us to some "hidden secrets" that made the tour very special. She is very knowledgeable on all matters of Japan (even though our focus was on historical art and architecture) and enlightened us greatly on the significance of many observations that we would otherwise have missed. Mari is very organized and knew what to omit in order to manage our time efficiently. We found conversations came easily with her and the day's experience was a total pleasure.


Thank you very much for your excellent review. I also enjoyed guiding you. I am glad we had time to talk about Japanese art history and gardening. I hope your experience in Tokyo National Museum might give you an idea or imagination for your next artwork. I really like your paintings which show your artistic talent and great sensitivity. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your journey in Japan. Thank you again.

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