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Nikko World Heritages in private - One day trip from Tokyo

11 hours
up to 6 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

Nikko is a town of World Heritage Sites located at 2 hours train from Tokyo, surrounded by rich nature of Nikko National Park. World Heritages consist of 2 shrines and 1 temple(below). Nikko mountain has a long history as the sacred place of mountain worship for both Shinto and Buddhism. Here, not only taste the well-known elaborate architectures, but feel the history, culture and nature itself.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Kaori.

  • Shinkyo Bridge (Sacred Bridge) - a vermillion bridge at the entrance of Nikko mountain.
  • Nikko Toshogu Shrine - The most famous shrine in Nikko, enshrines the first Shogun of Edo.
  • Yomei-mon Gate - well-known for its elaborate carvings. You never get bored to see!
  • Famous carvings in Toshogu - Three Wise Monkeys, Sleeping Cat.
  • Rinno-ji Temple (Three Buddha Hall) - housing amazing three golden large Buddha statues.
  • Shoyo-en - a beautiful strolling garden in Rinno-ji Temple.
  • Taiyu-in - The third Shogun's Mausoleum. Its architecture is more modest than Toshogu Shrine to show his respect for his grandfather.
  • Futara-san Shrine - The oldest shrine in Nikko. Popular for good luck and success in love today.
  • (option) Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa - A former summer residence of Imperial Family. (*Closed on Tuesdays)
  • (option) Kanmangafuchi Abyss hiking trail -Many Jizo-Statues along the riverside trail.
  • (+1H option) Kegon Falls - (Except autumn foliage season)

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What to Expect

Nikko's World Heritages consists of 2 shrines and 1 temple: Nikko-Toshogu Shrine, Rinno-ji Temple and Futarasan Shrine. Nikko's attraction is not only famous Toshogu Shrine. We can enjoy each attraction in rich Nikko's nature with your own pace.

Nikko is located 2 hours train ride from Tokyo. We take Tobu Line(or Shinkansen bullet train if you have JR-Pass). This tour takes about 10〜11H including 4H train ride for round trip from Tokyo (If Kegon Falls,+1H option).

This is basically walking tour, using public transportation. If you need hired cars, please contact me in advance for details.

【Sample itinerary】*Departure depends on hotel location.
7:30 Hotel pick up
8:00 Tobu Express from Asakusa (2H)
10:00 Arriving Tobu-Nikko station
10:00〜12:00 World Heritage area
(1) Shinkyo Bridge
(2) Rinno-ji Temple and Shoen Garden
(3) Toshogu Shrine
12:00 Local Lunch
13:00〜15:00 World Heritage area
(4)Futarasan Shrine
(5)Taiyuin Mausoleum
(Option)Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa
(Option)Kanmangafuchi Abyss hiking trail

Take local bus back to station
15:30〜17:00(depends on the spots) Take train back to Tokyo (2H)
(Basic 16:23 Tobu Express Tobu Nikko to Asakusa 18:15)
17:30〜19:00 End-up at your preferred place

If interested in Kegon Falls, we need 1 hour extra. We start earlier, go for Kegon Falls in the morning, back to World Heritage area in the afternoon.

*About Express frequency
・From Asakusa, we have some choices for Tobu Express trains. (go and back)
・From Shinjuku hotel, we only have one available schedule for Direct express.
 Go : 07:30 Shinjuku → 09:28 Tobu-Nikko
 Back : 16:39 Tobu-Nikko → 18:36 Shinjuku

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in central Tokyo.
Ending Point At your hotel in central Tokyo or any preferred place.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up, hotel drop-off

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), food and drink (you and guide), entrance fee (you and guide)

●Transportation fee
【Basic plan】by Tobu Express (2H) (departure station depends on your hotel location)
If from Asakusa to Tobu-nikko : ¥2,800 × 2 times = ¥5,600
If from Shinjuku to Tobu-nikko : ¥4,080 × 2 times = ¥8,160 (7:30 Shinjuku → 09:28 Tobu Nikko)
+World Heritage Pass : ¥500 (if +Kegon Falls : Lake Chuzenji Pass ¥2000)

【Shinkansen plan】(2H)
Between Tokyo and Nikko (you and guide) : ¥5,380 ×2 times = ¥10,760
World Heritage Pass : ¥500 (if +Kegon Falls : Lake Chuzenji Bus Pass ¥2000)

【For JR-pass holders】(2H)
Shinkansen : Free for you with JR-pass,
¥5,380 ×2 times = ¥10,760 for guide
World Heritage Pass : ¥500 (if +Kegon Falls : Lake Chuzenji Bus Pass ¥2000)

Toshogu Shrine:Adult ¥1,300, Elementary& junior high school student ¥450
Rinnoji Temple (Sanbutudo & Taiyu-in Set Ticket) : Adult ¥900, Elementary& junior high school student ¥400
Shoyo-en Garden : Adult ¥ 300, Elementary& junior high school student ¥100
Futarasan Shrine’s garden area : Adult ¥200, Elementary& junior high school student ¥100

If Tamozawa Imperial Villa : Adult ¥550, Elementary& junior high school student ¥270
If Kegon Falls (Elevators : Adult ¥550, Elementary School Student ¥330)


Weekdays are recommended for Nikko.

●If tour starts/ends outside Tokyo
My tours basically start from Tokyo and end at Tokyo. If starts/ends outside Tokyo, I need to ask the clients to cover my transportation fee to/from Tokyo. Thank you for understanding.

●About Car Use in Japan
Guide fee doesn't include hired cars and transportation fee. Tour guides are not allowed to use their own cars by national regulation. Only drivers with certain certification with specially registered cars for business use can offer paid transportations in Japan. If you want hired cars, you need to pay for hired cars besides guide fee. Sorry for inconvenience.

・Kegon Falls is not possible during autumn foliage season, because of heavy traffic jam even on weekdays.
・Nikko's World Heritage sites are in mountainous area. No easy access like elevators. Wheelchair accessibility is not good.
・If someone in your group has difficulties with stairs, please let me know in advance. The spots we can visit will be limited.
・Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Sandals are not good here.

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.

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 ( 45 )
4.9 (45) Reviews
Very Good
Trina Trina Singapore ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Day trip to Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji ”

Kaori was very well-organised and thoughtful. She took care of all the details and was flexible to adapt to our sudden change of requirements which can happen when you are travelling with a young kid. She was also very well-informed and took pains to explain in detail the history and cultural details of the sights. It was a pity that the wind cave was closed that day but she was able to recommend alternatives. A lovely day with gorgeous views of Mount Fuji


Thank you for a good review on me and my tour, Trina-san. We've got a big lucky to enjoy the beauty of Mt.Fuji whole day! I'm impressed how well your 10 year-old son was listening to both of parents. Only one thing sorry about was wind cave closed temporary due to inspection. I wish we could try Ice Cave or Bat Cave, which your son and husband didn't want to as too adventurous. Glad we could enjoy folk village instead with perfect Mt.Fuji view. Thank you for choosing me as your tour guide for wonderful Mt.Fuji tour. Hugs and kisses, Kaori

Leesa Leesa United States ( Family with kids )
2 weeks ago

“ Kaori helped us make the most of our short time in Tokyo ”

Kaori was very good with communication prior to the trip. She was well prepared and very sweet. We probably saw twice as much as we would have been able to on our own. Particularly helpful with navigating the transportation system. I really enjoyed the cat cafe.


Thank you for an excellent review, Leesa-san. Thanks to your kind cooperation, we could enjoy the tour the fullest by the time of shuttle bus to your cruise ship. I was also so happy to be with you and your family enjoying cat cafe so happily. I enjoyed talking with each of your charming three sons a lot during the tour. Thanks again. Enjoy your rest of cruise ship travel. Great to meet to all of you. Hugs and kisses, Kaori

Kate Kate Australia ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Thoughtful and great company ”

We spent a full day with Kaori on a day trip to Hakone from Tokyo. There were four of us, including my elderly parents. My mother has a walking stick, and my father has diabetes, so we had some special requirements, including a need to be flexible if anyone got too tired. Added into that were the complexities of closures due to typhoon and volcanic activity. Kaori took ALL of this in her stride, and with incredible attentiveness and generosity, made sure we had a full day that was enjoyable for everyone, with absolutely zero stress. Thanks Kaori for a magical day that will be long remembered as a highlight of our trip!


Thank you for your heartwarming review, Kate-san. It was a beautiful autumn day. We couldn't expect more than today with perfect Mt.Fuji with snow cap throughout the day. I appreciate that you let me have shared this wonderful day together with your family. Your family is such a bright beautiful family, caring each other, joking each other and enjoying life the fullest. I was happy to be part of your trip. I'm also so happy to hear you had zero stress during the tour. That's the best honor for me as tour guide! Great to meet experts of Japan like you. Keep enjoying rest of your travel. Say thank you to all. Hugs and kisses, Kaori

Lynne Lynne Canada ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Busy two days seeing highlights of Tokyo ”

My husband and daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed spending two days in Tokyo with Kaori, who was extremely pleasant, agreeable, low key and helpful. We had an ambitious agenda but Kaori got us smoothly around town by foot and transit and helped us get our bullet train tickets for later travel. She had learned about the opening of an observation tower near Shabuya crossing and suggested we modify our itinerary to include that, which was a great suggestion. It was a pleasure to have Kaori as our guide and we would recommend her. She organized things so we could walk between a lot of sites thereby getting to see things as we walked.


Thank you for the warmest review on me, Lynne-san. I truly appreciate your kindness for taking time even when you're still on holiday. It was really honor and a big pleasure for me to have you as my guests by being introduced by someone I guided in the past. You requested mixture of musts and local in a limited time. I'm glad we could make it as much as possible thanks to your being good walkers. And I'm happy to see you enjoyed newly opened Shibuya Sky observation, which now I feel the best open-air observatory in Tokyo. Please say hello and love to Skee-san family when you meet them. Keep enjoying your rest of your stay! Hugs and kisses, Kaori

Fabíola Fabíola Brazil ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Perfect Day in Tokyo ”

From the start of our day to the end, Kaori was terrific! She was right on time and off we went. Kaori has a wonderful manner that made us very comfortable. She was extremely knowledgeable of every site we visited throughout the entire day and gave us options as we continued our journey through Tokyo. She found a very small restaurant, for lunch, where the food was tasty, the service great, and the atmosphere cozy. By the end of the day, we felt like we made a friend in Kaori. We HIGHLY recommend Kaori to anyone who wants a more personalized tour of Tokyo.


Thank you for wonderful review while you're still on your holiday, Fabiola-san. We've been through many messages prior to our tour day. So, I didn't feel we met each other first time when I met you in the morning. Thank you for beautiful present you brought all the way to Japan for me, especially, please say special thanks to your beautiful daughters. I love them! I'm happy to hear you felt comfortable during tour. It was also my pleasure to take you to the off-the beaten spots. I'm looking forward to meeting you again when you come back to Tokyo. See you in 2 weeks. Enjoy your trip the fullest until then! Kaori

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