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Historical and Artistic Exploration of Nikko Tour with Late Cherry Blossom

by Mari
(44) Reviews
11h $ 300 Price up to 4 people

Highlights

  • 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.)
  • Tamozawa Imperial Villa (The Villa blends traditional Edo and early modern Meiji Period architecture throughout its 106 rooms.)
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300.30 USD

Price up to 4 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 18.20

Overview

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. At Tamozawa Imperial Villa, you can enjoy a beautiful cherry blossom in April and a beautiful leaf coloring in November.

What to Expect

In Arpil, at Tamozawa Imperial Villa, you will see a beautiful cherry blossom tree from the window. In November, you can enjoy a beautiful leaf coloring in the World Heritage area. Without the historical and artistic knowledge, you cannot enjoy or learn anything from Nikko Toshogu and Nin-no ji.
I will explain (1) Tokugawa’s Political strategy (2) Shinto syncretism (3) difference of Buddhism statues (4) 17C-18C Japanese art schools (5) Yin Yan thought, (6)12 Chinese zodiac, etc.
If you are really interested in arts or architecture, let’s discuss why BRUNO TAUT, a German famous architect in 20 C, criticized Nikko’s elaborated architecture saying that "Japan's architectural arts could not rise higher than Katsura Rikyu, nor sink lower than Nikko".

Let’s enjoy wonderful nature and history together in Nikko.

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Highlights

  • 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.)
  • Tamozawa Imperial Villa (The Villa blends traditional Edo and early modern Meiji Period architecture throughout its 106 rooms.)

Important

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.

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 JPY each person,
If you have JR pass, It’s free but please pay the transportation about 5,000-6,000 JPY for guide)
World Heritage Bus Pass ¥500
Admission fees per person (Shinkyo 500 yen, Rinnoji/Taiyuin 900 yen, Toshogu-shrine 1,300 yen,
Tamozawa Imperial memorial park 500 yen)
Lunch, meals, snacks, beverages,
Depart From
Tokyo
Meeting Point
At your hotel or the place of your convenience
Ending Point
At Asakusa train station or the place of your convenience
Duration
11 hours
Starting time
07:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people   Flexible

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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 44 )
Miranda Miranda United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Kid-Friendly Tour ”

Mari took us to Sensoji temples, Nakamise arcade, and a display-food making workshop on Asakusa. We had a great time with her. Mari taught the kids some basic Japanese language and explained the history and culture of the sites we visited in a way that was interesting and easy for them to follow. The display-food making workshop, which Mari pre-booked and organized for us was excellent, and the staff and other participants there were so friendly and helpful. Mari even showed the kids some origami techniques to pass the time on the subway. We’d definitely recommend this tour for other families!

Mari:

Thank you very much for your wonderful message. Your review encouraged me as a tour guide. I really enjoyed guiding your family and helping your display-food making workshop which was fun. I was impressed your daughters were adorable and quick learners for Japanese language. I still remember their cute smiles like angles. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your journey in Japan and I hope to see you again when you visit Japan next time. With thanks

Sybil Sybil United States ( Family )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Great two days with Mari ”

Mari was very informative and took us on the first day to places that I don't think we would have discovered by ourselves. It is clear she loves Japan and loves showing tourist around Tokyo! She put up with our diversions to shopping areas and helped us in our purchases. On day two she even brought her own device to help make wasabi for our sushi! I think the only barrier was language. At times we had difficulty understanding her, but her kindness and enthusiasm made up for it! Thanks Mari!

Mari:

Dear Sybil, Thank you very much for your review. I also enjoyed to guide your family who are very kind and intelligent. I hope you had wonderful experience in Japan. Best regards,

Jason Jason Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Friendly and well pprepared ”

This is a fantastic tour, especially if you are a first time visitor to Japan. Mari is very organised, she had pamphlets printed out with information for us. Mari was in contact with us before the tour and even left a note at our hotel to welcome us! The outer fish markets were fascinating and Mari explained everything to us. She also gave us information and showed us a video of an auction at the inner fish market. The sushi making was very informative and a lot of fun. Our sushi chef was very enthusiastic and helpful. Everything we made was delicious, as was the tempura the restaurant provided. Mari was extremely patient with our two sons, and helped our youngest with making sushi. She gave them an origami kit and made ninja stars for them, which they loved. We highly recommend this tour! read more

Mari:

Dear Jason, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I also enjoyed the tour. All members of your family are sweet and friendly, especially both of your sons are adorable. Your sons are smart enough to answer all my questions. I am glad to know that your sons loved Origami Ninja stars. When you visit Japan again, I would like to guide you again. Warmest regards,

Anne Anne Australia ( Couple )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Finding our way ”

Mari was very well prepared. She had spent a lot of time before we met communicating with me, making sure we knew what to expect to ensure we had a good morning with her. She helped us navigate the subway system, buy IC cards and explained the backgrounds to the places we visited. We enjoyed the Tsukiji markets, with Mari showing us the different grades of tuna and many of the different flavours of the food on offer. Unfortunately we did not get to see the sumo wrestling practice because they had finished their practice early due to the competition - that would have really capped off the morning. It was through no fault of Mari’s that this happened and she took us to Ginza to make up for it.

Mari:

Thank you very much for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed my tour. I was impressed both of you are very knowledgeable about Japanese culture and your questions are insightful. I am sorry that we couldn’t see sumo. I have taken Sumo practice more than ten times, but this is the first time it happened. I hope all your family will enjoy skiing at Myoko near Nagano.

Noriko Noriko United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Tour of NEW Toyosu Fish Market ”

We met with Mari at 5am (early!) to visit the newly opened Toyosu Fish Market. This was still a new tour for Mari and it was a little bareboned because of the holidays, but she was amazing at explaining how the market worked and perfectly described the energy and magic behind the marketplace. Her English was excellent and she was enthusiastic. And she went out of her way to find us a great place to have early morning sushi at Toyosu! I would highly recommend Mari for this and any of there other tours in Tokyo and the surrounding areas.

Mari:

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I really enjoyed guiding your family. All of your family members are friendly and great, especially you and your mother. I was impressed that ten members of your family travel together for two weeks. It’s fantastic. With our Toyosu experience, I decided to make a new tour called Tsukiji Tuna Auction tour. Thank you for everything. With warm regards,

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