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Historical and Artistic Exploration of Nikko Tour with autumn leaf coloring

by Mari
(63) Reviews
11h $ 307 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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306.90 USD

Price up to 4 people
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Extra hour.
$ 18.60

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 around Nov. 15.

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

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.

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 ( 63 )
Carolyn Carolyn United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week 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 weeks 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.

susan Susan United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Sumo stable tour ”

Mari was very very good. She was very organized. She left a hand written note at our hotel regarding our day. She also made a little paper brochure about sumo. Seeing the sumo stable was great experience and I do not hesitate in recommending Mari.

Mari:

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I am glad that you enjoyed my tour, especially sumo practice which was so intense. I enjoyed guiding all of you as you are so cheerful and kind. Please keep enjoying the rest of your journey in Japan. Thank you again.

Shannon Shannon United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Extraordinarily Grateful for Mari's Wonderful Guidance ”

Mari was an ideal guide for our first trip to Tokyo. When we arrived at our hotel we had a greeting card from Mari waiting for us at the front desk welcoming us to Tokyo, giving us her contact information and reminding us of our 9am meeting time the following morning. This thoughtful touch illustrates Mari's overall style. She worked hard to make our tour unforgettable by meeting all of our objectives while throwing in some off the beaten path surprises that made our tour very special. She was highly organized while also being flexible to go with the flow and allow for some spontaneous additions to our itinerary. She quickly earned our trust in terms of recommendations particularly in regards to meals. The restaurants she took us to were all extraordinary especially the macrobiotic restau... read more

Mari:

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It encouraged me as a tour guide. As you prepared your travel plan four months ahead, I understand your needs before meeting. I really think that preparation is important. I am glad all of you enjoyed my tour. I also enjoyed guiding you as all of you are friendly and kind. I was impressed that your daughters are smart and very well-behaved. I still remember your curious and happy faces when you saw the print club” “PRICLA.” I hope you will have a wonderful time on the rest of your journey. When you plan to visit Tokyo again, I would be more than happy to guide you. Thank you again.

Serena Serena United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Excellent tour with Mari ”

We spent a great and enjoyable four hours with Mari touring Meiji shrine and Tsukiji Market. Mari was prompt to communicate ahead of the tour and even left a note with her contact info at our hotel for when we checked in. She went over the fascinating history of the shrine and the market and had us sample two different kinds of tuna with freshly grated wasabi root. She pointed out her favorite vendors in the market. She gave tips about navigating through Tokyo and made lots of suggestions. She was very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend Mari!

Mari:

Thank you so much for your excellent review. I really appreciate it. I was very happy to guide such a super intelligent family. I am glad all your family members are very friendly. I am happy to know that you liked Tuna tasting. Hope you will enjoy the rest of your staying in Japan to make unforgettable experiences. Thank you again and take care. Mari

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