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Historical and Artistic Exploration of Nikko Tour with autumn leaf coloring


Nikko
11 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

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 around Nov. 15.

Itinerary

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

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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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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 Asakusa train station or 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 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,

Important

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.

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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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Robert Robert Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Narita Town Tour During transit ”

Excellent, knowledgeable, professional and experienced lady

Mari:

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It is encouraging for me. Even though it’s a short time, I am glad you enjoyed traditional atmosphere of the temple’s town. Please visit again and let me guide you again. Warmest regards,

David David United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Mari is the Tokyo guide ever!! ”

Mari was an amazing guide!! We had the best time touring Tokyo with her. She taught us so many things. We got to visit Temples and Shrines and we loved touring the market with her. Mari made everything a fun adventure. She taught us how to use the subway, showed us how to make Wasabi, and even made sure we arrived at the Meiji Shrine in time to see a beautiful wedding. We had a proper Japanese lunch, seated on the floor with our shoes off. Those are just a few fun things we did. She spent two days with us teaching us many things about the Japanese culture and history--she is very knowledgeable about Japanese history, art and culture. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide. We are so thankful for Mari!!!

Mari:

Thank you very much for taking your time to write an excellent review. I’m really glad to receive such a compliment review. It encourage me a lot as a tour guide. I still remember our joyful time we spent together for two days. Jenna is so beautiful and smart. I am sure she will have a bright future. Thank you again.

Karen Karen United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A great afternoon in Tokyo ”

Everything about our experience with Mari was perfect. She was quick to respond to all my questions and needs prior to our trip. She sent a wonderful message on our arrival to a Tokyo. The day of the trip, she met us with a small handout about the history/meaning of sushi making and the tea ceremony. Both classes were perfect for our group. Fun, informative and delicious! The locations she picked for both classes were great. The people at each made us feel so welcome. She helped make one of our family member’s experience (elderly) much simpler as well. Best, was how personal she was with us as we walked through Tokyo. She chatted and gave us information about the train system and other recommendations to enjoy our stay in Japan. Highly recommend this half day trip!!

Mari:

Thank you very much for your excellent review. It encouraged me as a tour guide. It was my great pleasure to guide your family. All members of your family are so nice and smart. I am glad that you carefully listened to my explanation. You are a very thoughtful person. That’s why you liked the tea ceremony which culture has a deep history. Please enjoy the rest of your journey in Tokyo. Thank you again.

Carolyn Carolyn United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Kids-friendly Tokyo tour ”

We had the most wonderful time with Ms. Mari. Our group had 4 kids under the age of 12. Ms. Mari tailored the itinerary to make sure all activities are kids friendly but at the same time, enjoyable for the adults. Ms. Mari comes well prepared every day with background history to all the places we visited. She patiently explained to our kids and showed maps and related materials to them throughout the tour. She is the most amazing, animated, and responsible tour guide. Thank you, Ms. Mari! Because of you, our Tokyo trip was so memorable!

Mari:

Thank you very much for taking your time to write such a wonderful review. It was my great pleasure to share the enjoyable time with you. I still remembered that your Preston was so warm-hearted to take care of your mother and your Brendel played piano so nicely. I am sure they will have bright future. Thank you again.

Megha Megha United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Lovely time in Nikko! ”

She is very organized and the day was seamless!

Mari:

Thank you for your nice review. I was impressed that you were so efficient for everytging. I hope this Japan trip will be one of the memorable journeys for your life. Thank you again.

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