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Nikko Highlight - One Day Excursion from Tokyo

11.5 Hours
up to 6 people
English ( Business ), Japanese ( Native )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

One day fun excursion to Nikko from Tokyo. Nikko is the perfect destination for those who want to escape busy Tokyo and enjoy great nature as well as historical beauty. Nikko is designated as Japan’s National Park as well as UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. 2 hours north-east of Tokyo by train. Toshogu, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine is what you cannot miss. Your tour can be customized depending on your interests. Let’s enjoy the beauties of Nikko together!


Feel free to personalize this offer with Tomoko.

  • 07:00 AM - Your Hotel (in Tokyo metropolitan area) - meet at the lobby

  • 07:30 AM - Terminal Station in Tokyo - Fun express train ride to Nikko area (*reservation needed) enjoying the window views and sharing info about Nikko

  • 09:30 AM - Nikko area - Ride area bus passing Shinkyo bridge

  • 10:30 AM - Kegon Fall - Enjoy grand view of the gigantic fall & beatiful Lake Chuzenji ( Ryuzu Fall - optional) *not recommended during mid-October due to traffic jam along Iroha-zaka slope road

  • 12:00 PM - Local lunch - Soba noodle, Yuba (Tofu skin), etc.

  • 13:00 PM - Toshogu - the highlight of Nikko World Heritage Sites, lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a dozen buildings set in a beautiful forest. It is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868.

  • 【Highlights of Toshogu】90 minutes five story pagoda, storehouses, Yomeimon gate, Main shrine hall, Mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Three Monkeys, Imagined Elephants, Nimurineko (sleeping cat), etc.

  • ***** depending on your interests, weather & traffic condition, we can focus on the World Heritage Sites and its neaby area instead of visiting upper lake area ******

  • option ① Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park - Enjoy beautiful Japanese architecturral pieces, crafts, and its garden

  • option ② Taiyu-in - part of Rinnoji temple, mausoleum of the 3rd Tokugawa Shogun (National Treasure)

  • option ③ Futarasan shrine - one of the World Heritage Sites where mountain deities of Nikko are enshrined

  • option ④ Rinnoji temple - Nikko's most important temple originally dates back to the 8th century A)Sanbutsu-do - hall housing three gold lacquered, wooden statues of Amida, Senju-Kannon, and Bato-Kannon B) Shoyoen - a small Japanese garden, especially beutiful with autumn foliage typically in the first half of November

  • 15:00 PM - Shinkyo, the sacred bridge - beautiful small vermilion colored legendary bridge over Daiya river

  • 15:30 PM - walk back along the street lined up with traditional souvenir/craft shops or return by local bus

  • 16:30 PM - Nikko station - train ride back to Tokyo

  • 18:30 PM - Terminal station in Tokyo - the end of the tour

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Departure & Return

Starting time 07:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel
Ending Point At any place of your convenience in Tokyo

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

◆ guide fee
◆ hotel pick-up (inside the metropolitan Tokyo area)

What‘s not included

◆ transportation fee (you and the guide)
‐ Basically, we are to use puclic transportation. So, if you prefer hiring a private car, please contact in as much advance as possible for its availability and expences.*Kindly be reminded that, in Japan, guides are not allowed to drive their cars while guiding.
- Depending on where you stay in Tokyo, what kind of transportation pass you hold, the train we use will be different. Find the following list for your reference.
[Recommended Train services between Tokyo area & Nikko area]
◆from Tokyo◆ 11,360 yen / roundtrip / person *Your train fare is covered by 'JR Pass,' if you have it.
(From Tokyo) 0740 Tokyo >> (Shinkansen, bullet train to Utsunomiya and change to a local train, reservation recommended) >> 0923 JR Nikko
(To Tokyo) 1628 JR Nikko >> (local train to Utsunimiya, and change to Shinkansen) >> 1816 Tokyo

◆from Shinjuku◆ 8,160 yen / roundtrip / person *Your train fare is covered by 'Tokyo Wide Pass if you have it
(From Tokyo) 0731 Shinjuku >> (direct express train, reservation needed) >> 0928 Tobu Nikko
(To Tokyo) 1639 Tobu Nikko >> (direct express train) >> 1835 Shinjuku

◆from Asakusa◆ 5,610 yen / roundtrip / person
(From Tokyo) (1) 0730 Asakusa >> (direct express train, reservation recommended) >> 0920 Tobu Nikko
(2) 0800 Asakusa >> (change at Imaichi) >> 0950 Tobu Nikko
(To Tokyo) (1) 1623 Tobu Nikko >> (direct express train) >> 1815 Asakusa
(2) 1723 Tobu Nikko >> 1915 Asakusa ** only in summer as in other seasons it gets dark earlier in Nikko area

[Local Transportation in Nikko area]
(A) Bus Pass for World Heritage area : 500 yen / person
(B) Bus Pass valid to Kegon Fall area : 2,100 yen / person
(C) Bus Pass valid to Ryuzu Fall area : 2,650 yen / person
(D) Taxi : it varys depending on the distance

◆ lunch
◆ entrance fee (per adult/child)
Toshogu - 1,300/450 yen, Rinnoji (package) - 900/400 yen, Taiyu-in - 550/250 yen, Tamozawa Imperial Villa Park - 550/270 yen, Kegon Fall Elevator - 570/340 yen


Week days are recommended

★ Travel insurance is not included in our tours. I would recommend you take out your own travel insurance just in case of any unexpected accident, loss, or damaging others' property. You can find the counter of a few insurance companies at the airport when you arrive.

★ Free pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards. For other places, the extra charge will be added depending on the distance and the time necessary.

★ For the evening tour, some extra charge(25%) might be added depending on the time.

☆I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer. For details, please contact me before booking.

☆Kamakura Hiking trails are partially unavailable due to the damaged pathways caused by the typhoons hitting the area in September & October, 2019.

※The pictures of my previous guests on my web-page are posted only after securing their consent.

‐ Basically, we are to use puclic transportation. So, if you prefer hiring a private car, please contact in as much advance as possible for its availability and expences.*Kindly be reminded that, in Japan, guides are not allowed to drive their cars while guiding.
- Depending on where you stay in Tokyo, what kind of transportation pass you hold, the train we use will be different. Find the info about transportation described separately.

Cancellation Policy

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

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 ( 103 )
4.9 (103) Reviews
Very Good
Shiori Shiori Australia ( Business )
9 months ago

“ We had a great time! ”

Tomoko is vey good guide. We really had a great time.


Thank you for your great review just after the tour, Shiori-san. I'm glad to hear you all enjoyed the day in Enoshima & Kamakura. I felt blessed sharing great time with your group and working with you. Anytime you plan business trip, feel free to contact me. Looking forward to working with you again:)

Janice Janice United States ( Couple )
9 months ago

“ Tokyo by Tomoko ”

We had a delightful time exploring Tokyo with Tomoko. She is very knowledgeable and fun! Great for history buffs! Highly recommend her tour!


Thank you for your great review, Janice. Glad to hear you enjoyed the walking tour. Yes, we walked a lot visiting lots of beautiful historical spots and experienced seasonal fun and culture. I really enjoyed talking with you and Judy on various topics. I’m sure you’ve had more experiences in Kyoto and will in Nagano? Thank you again and hope to see you again.

Paul Paul Australia ( Family )
10 months ago

“ Walking Tour ”

We had a large group of people but Tomoko very skillfully managed to keep us all togther as we made our way around to the various sites using the train system. Tomoko was a mountain of knowledge and we all enjoyed our day with Tomoko very much.


Hi Paul! Thank you so much for the great review and for all your cooperation and positive views(even running for the museum together) while touring around the busy market and downtowns. I really enjoyed the beautiful day with you all ? Please tell my gratitude to your brother, Mark, about giving me the opportunities to share our culture and history by his asking a lot of spontaneous questions on the way. Best wishes to you, your family, and your friends.

Ian Ian United Kingdom ( Couple )
10 months ago

“ Highlights of Tokyo ”

I could tell just by listening to Tomoko's video that she was the person for us. She had a lovely personality and after only being with her for an hour or so, you felt that you had known her for a long time. She took us to some amazing places that no one on their first visit to Tokyo would ever know about. The metro system is very confusing and her knowledge of that was brilliant. I had asked for her to take us for a suchi lunch and she did take us to a really lovely restaurant. We also had some street food with her at the end of the day. She also took a lot of photos of us which she sent to us when she returned home. I fully recommend Tomoko as a guide, she was wonderful.


Thank you for your great review and for finding me out as your Tokyo guide at the first stage of your MYSTERY tour to Asia. Oh, thank you also for assisting me to collect stamps there, hahaha. Although the weather was not much favorable, we laughed a lot and enjoyed many places, such as the traditional garden, Imperial Palace, Ginza, Asakusa, Shinjuku as well as the sushi place and the narrow Yakitori street. I’m sure you will be blessed with lots of happiness this year, 2020! Hope to see you again, Ian & Anne?

Shivani Bhattacharya Shivani United States ( Family with kids )
10 months ago

“ Wonderful and warm guids ”

I will start by saying that our day spent with Tomoko felt like a day visiting a good friend. We started off our Japan trip with Tomoko and it was one of the most memorable. I was very hesitant to commit to anything because I have 2 small children aged 5 and 7. There is a lot of walking involved as a tourist throughout Japan and this often was difficult to manage with my 5 year old. Tomoko helped ease these fears by being so incredibly flexible with her schedule and also adding in some spontaneous fun and rest time for the children. Not only that, she came prepared with written material consisting of timelines of Japanese eras with their significance - I referred to these papers throughout our stay in Japan!! She did a wonderful job in giving me a quick overview of the art history too - ... read more


Thank you for your passionate, detailed, great review, Shivani ? I’m glad to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your whole trip in Japan and are now settled at home. Depending on the family age, status, and the taste of each member, what we can enjoy will be varied. You love art and history, and your husband has great tastes in best food and advanced technology, while your adorable children are fond of crafts, animals, and trains! Shibuya and Harajuku are very fun places, but I just thought wondering there after visiting so many other places must be exhausting to your little ones. I’m very much proud of your hard work for research, preparation, and arrangement as a mother. Thank you again for sharing fun and heart-warming time with you all. Best wishes to you, Shivani, Rishi, Aasha, and Nirvaan. ... read more

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