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Historical and Artistic Exploration of Nikko Tour with Autumn Leaf Coloring

by Mari
(37) Reviews
11h $ 290 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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290.40 USD

Price up to 4 people
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Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 17.60

Overview

Let’s enjoy 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 back-ground stories. By learning these stories, you will get deep knowledge about Japanese culture. In November, you can enjoy a beautiful leaf coloring in World Heritage area.

What to Expect

In November, you can enjoy a beautiful leaf coloring in 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

For the peak season from March 25 to April 14, tours for less than 5 hours will be charged 2,000 yen plus.

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 each person,
If you have JR pass, It’s free but please pay JR10,120yen 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 ( 37 )
Homa Homa United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ A truly amazing experience ”

I signed up with Mari for a day and a half tour of Tokyo because my time was limited. She was a wonderful tour guide and we got along really well. On our full day tour, from the first point of contact, she was full of ideas; so much so that I wished I had more time in Tokyo. We started our day with the Meiji Shrine. We sat at a café near the entrance as she explained the difference between Waka and haiku because she knew I was interested in haiku and because emperor Meiji and empress Shoken excelled in Waka. After we walked through the impressive gates, breathtaking forest and the shrine, she pointed out many details that I would not have noticed had I been on my own. She continued to impress me as we walked to Yoyogi park to visit the Olympic commemorative quarters and we moved on to the ... read more

Mari:

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. During our tour I was impressed how friendly character you have. I really enjoyed to guide you in Tokyo. Now I understand you are a wonderful writer because you discribed clearly what we did about one month ago. Please come back to Japan. I am looking forward to guiding you again, Please take care,

Wolf Wolf Germany ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Red leafs in Nikko ”

Our tour with Mari was very enjoyable! Mari had put together a personalized tour for us in Nikko. Her preparation and timing was excellent, as she put a lot of thought into details. We learned a lot about Nikko as well as history and art of Japan. Mari is very kind, knowledgeable and fun - and also patient with the photographers among us. We very much enjoyed spending our day in Nikko with her!

Mari:

Thank you very much for your excellent review. It was a great pleasure for me to have the chance to accompany you! It was a perfectly beautiful day for leaf coloring in Nikko. I still remember that red Japanese maple leaves (Momiji) were beyond description at Tamozawa Imperial Villa. I enjoyed talking with you about art, nature and world situations sophisticatedly. As you are a great travel planner, I am sure the rest of your journey will be excellent and fruitful. If you need any help, please let me know. Best wishes to two of you. Mari

Alisha Alisha United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Mari was wonderful!!! ”

We had a wonderful experience with Mari as our tour guide in Tokyo and Hakone! She was very good with communicating before hand to make sure our tour itinerary fit our interests and our needs. We got to see everything we wanted to see within a good time frame because she had planned our tours so throughly and well. She was also very prepared with presentations and even pamphlets to make sure we got the most out of our tours. We particularly found her knowledge of both past and present Japanese culture, politics, religions, society, and general Japanese history to be vast and it made our tour that much better. She also has a great education on art so if you want an informative tour on art throughout Tokyo, this is the guide for you. It was easy to see that Mari cared about making our tour e... read more

Mari:

Thank you very much for your excellent review which encouraged me as a guide. It was a wonderful memory; beautiful chrysanthemum displays in Yasukuni Shrine and a fantastic autumn scenery in Hakone. I also enjoyed talking about Japanese art history in depth with you and your mother. It was my great pleasure to guide your family who are sweet and thoughtful. I was impressed you took care of your parents very well. Please send my best wishes to your parents. Many thanks. Mari

Helen joy Helen Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Cheerful anf patient MARI ”

Mari is a very caring and patient guide who makes sure everyone is enjoying. On the night we arrived in Tokyo, she was sweet enough to leave a hand written note at our hotel welcoming us. On the day of our trip, she was on time and made the tour very interesting for my children. It is quite hard to capture the attention of 4 kids 10 to 15 years old! I was surprised the kids opened up to her and listened to history. Also , she patiently provided for our needs, even looking for grilled chicken for my son in Tsukiji! Best thing was her guidance through the Tokyo subway. She made it less scary! We are not used to walking fast, so I was ashamed to have to extend one hour from the set number of hours. She never lost patience and even declined a tip. We thank you again Mari for being an ang... read more

Mari:

Thank you very much for an excellent review. It's my great pleasure to guide your family, visiting Imperial Palace, tasting Sushi, grilled steak and egg omelet at Tsukiji, taking PURIKURA photos in Harajuku and enjoying Halloween in Shibuya. We had a fantastic time in a day. All your family are sweet. Especially all your children have good manners which I was impressed. Please send my best wishes to your husband and children. I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday in Japan. With love.

Vivek Vivek India ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Very Sweet & Well Organised ”

My Parents were visiting Japan for the first time and Mari took very good care of them. She was highly accommodating to the requests and very polite. From the first message I sent for enquiry; till my parents had their tour she was very helpful and gave all the required information in time. My mother specially had a great time talking with Mari and knowing about the cultures.

Mari:

Dear Vivek, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. First of all, I was very impressed you took care of your parents very well with love. Thank you for your coordination. It was my great pleasure to guide your parents. They are wonderful people. I was glad your mother enjoyed wearing and taking pictures with Kimono in Narita. In Tokyo, we had a nice lunch at an authentic Indian restaurant, which I appreciated. Please send warmest regards to your parents. Many thanks. Mari

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