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Nikko World-Heritage Site in One Day using Train from Shinjuku, Tokyo

by Takano
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9h $ 260 Price up to 3 people

Highlights

  • Nikko Toshogu Shrine (55 architectures, 8 national treasures including Yomei-mon Gate & Main Hall)
  • Japanese countryside view including rice paddy field from train window

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260.26 USD

Price up to 3 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick up in non-Shinjuku area.
$ 9.10

Overview

Will take train from Shinjuku JR railway station in the morning and stay in Nikko for four hours and come back to Shinjuku station in the evening.

What to Expect

The Nikko Toshogu Shrine was designed to accommodate large numbers of worshippers while at the same time exulting and commemorating the deity, and stressing timelessness. A unified style pervades all the architecture utilizing many buildings and decorative techniques, including lacquering, brightly colored painting, and decorative metal fittings. Even though some minor works are still on-going, major portion of recent renovation project which begun in 2007 was finished recently. Now is the best time to see the restored lacquer, paint, and decorative metal fittings in their original vibrant colors.

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Highlights

  • Nikko Toshogu Shrine (55 architectures, 8 national treasures including Yomei-mon Gate & Main Hall)
  • Japanese countryside view including rice paddy field from train window

Important

Born and raised in Niigata prefecture, visit my mother and sister who live in Niigata city every month from Tokyo. Niigata has lots of attractions for tourists, including Yahiko Shrine/suspension cable car ride to the top of Mt. Yahiko, Northern Culture Museum where you can see the richest farmer's residence and garden, sake breweries with free sake tasting, castle towns like Shibata city or Murakami city, winter ski resorts with four meters of snow, delicious local sea food from Sea of Japan or from Sado Island/ fruits and brown edamame. It takes only two hours by Shinkansen train to reach Niigata from Tokyo.

Niigata prefecture and Niigata city each has a population of 2.3 Million and 0.8 Million, good sizes but much smaller than Tokyo, the biggest city area in the world. By experiencing both Tokyo on the Pacific Ocean side and Niigata on the Sea of Japan side, you can taste both modern gigantic city life/culture and traditional city/rural life/culture in Japan.
In addition to Greater Tokyo Area where I live, I will be happy to be your guide in any cities/areas on the Sea of Japan side as well.

My tour destinations outside Greater Tokyo area include Niigata-city, Nagaoka -city, Itoigawa-city, Sado island, Nagano city, Snow Resorts in Niigata and Nagano mountain areas, Yamagata city, Tsuruoka city, Sakata city, Kanazawa city, Oono city, Echizen city, Tsuruga city, Fukui city, Gokayama and Shirakawago which are World Heritage sites famous for Gassho-zukuri and Kyoto/Nara.

Roud trip train ticket costs around 8,000 yen per person. Even though we can walk, if we use bus between Nikko railway station and the Shrine, additional 500 yen per person.
Nikko is 634 meters above sea level and temperature is cooler than in Tokyo.
The tour involves walking on slopes and stairs. Highly recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes.
It is best to visit Nikko on weekdays, especially during autumn color season.

What‘s included
guide fee for 9 hours, hotel pick-up in Shinjuku area
What‘s not included
transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, tea , entrance fee for Toshogu Shrine (1,300 yen per person. guide is free)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Tokyo
Ending Point
Shinjuku Station
Duration
9 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 3 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the Train Tiucket per person?

Roud trip ticket costs around 8,000 yen per person. Even though we can walk, if we use bus between Nikko railway station and the Shrine, additional 500 yen per person.

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 ( 4 )
Corey Corey United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ The most interesting man in Tokyo! ”

Yoshi Takano is a Japanese treasure! While most tour guides know where to go, when to go, what to order in a restaurant, names and dates of significant sites, I would challenge any guide to shepherd you and your group in a way like Mr. Takano does. His deep experience from visiting and living in over 40 countries as well as his professional experience from being a retired senior executive of many large multinational organizations lends his incredible insight into your day. From the larger tourist areas and sites to the nuanced "locals-only" establishments and secrets, his perspective helped bring Tokyo alive to me and my family. He dumbed things down for me yet in such a scholarly way that made my interest in Japan grow all the more. He tolerated my ignorant questions with flair. Even thou... read more

Takano:

Thank you for your comment. You must have already returned to your home in Arizona by now. Hope that some of the souvenirs that you and your adorable three children bought in Tokyo surprised your other family members waiting your return in your home, just like your gift item “ONE DOZEN Rattlesnake Eggs” from Arizona desert surprised me when I opened the envelop. Please bring other family members to Tokyo as well.

Tarak Tarak India ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Amazing guide! ”

Great guide, very flexible and knows a lot about Japan and Tokyo!

Takano:

I enjoyed nature and hiking with Tarak san, his lovely wife and two children in wooded area of western Tokyo. Hope to see you all again when you come back to Japan sometime in the future.

Lara Lara United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Great guide! ”

We had a really nice tour with Takano. He was punctual, flexible, and easy to talk to. He really cared about us having a good time and went out of his way to recommend other things to do on our next half day on our own. He’s such a nice guy, and I’d definitely recommend him to anyone visiting Tokyo!

Takano:

I enjoyed visiting Mt.Fuji and Aokigahara Forest with Lara-san and her bright daughter. Please come back to Japan to see, to east and to experience something new with your family members again.

Maria Maria Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Mt Fuji in 6 hours! ”

Takano was very helpful. He knew exactly where to take us knowing that we were already pressed for time. Even our lunch was well selected according to what we wanted.

Takano:

I enjoyed being with Maria-san and her family members including a little young handsome man and two lovely ladies. I will send you several family photos taken by my Canon later.

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