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.
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
(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
guide fee, hotel pick-up, hotel drop-off
transportation fee (you and guide), food and drink (you and guide), entrance fee (you and guide)
【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）
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
We spent the day with Kaori going off the beaten track in Nikkō. From the start, Kaori has been very responsive and clear in her communications. We knew exactly what to expect. We had a lovely day learning more about Japanese history and culture which was made fun because Kaori has a great sense of humour. She is very perceptive and caring as well. Thank you very much Kaori-San for a memorable day and many lovely photos - we only realised when we got back that we didn’t have one with you. Hopefully, we can spend some time together again on another off the beaten path trip and maybe we can take one then. Wishing you all the best.
Thank you for giving me an excellent review on me and my tour, Sasibha-san. We had a really beautiful relaxing day in Nikko's great nature. Your requested spot in Nikko was a hidden gem of Nikko even for Japanese people. We (our driver and I ) also enjoyed this tranquil onsen village wth you. Your family is so warm, beautiful family to be with. I enjoyed talking with each of you. And I was amazed how experienced you are as traveler in Japan. I'm so happy you love Japan so deeply. I should have taken a photo all together! I'm looking forward to hearing you from again for another adventure! Take care. Hugs and kisses, Kaori
We really like our tour with Kaori. She was very accommodating. An excellent photographer. She brought us to a great place for lunch. That was an unexpected but surprisingly good choice. Kaori knows the history of the places we went really well. She taught us how to use the subway. We appreciate her for taking an extra hour in order for us to complete the tour.
Thank you for giving me an excellent review, Rowena-san. I'm so happy you liked photos I took for you. And I'm also happy that you all liked okonomiyaki lunch. I hope your sister makes okonomiyaki and yakisoba well at home! I was impressed that you all are into Mori museum exhibition. I'm glad we could have enough time for you to enjoy the exhibition at your own pace. I'm really looking forward to your coming back to Japan and seeing you again. Of course, your families, relatives and friends are welcome anytime! Hugs and kisses, Kaori
Kaori was fantastic. We are a family of 6 travelling to Japan for the first time. Kaori made our first day in Tokyo so easy. We learnt how to navigate the rail system & experienced so many things & places just like the locals. Kaori set us up for the next few days with maps & train information. She was a blessing. We would recommend her to anyone travelling to Japan.
Thank you for the kindest review, Liz san. And thank you for taking time for writing review while you’re still on holiday here. I’m glad to hear you feel easy to get around Tokyo after my tour. Your family are all bright and so friendly to me. I really enjoyed talking with each of you. I hope you have a lot of fun in skiing in Hakuba! Looking forward to meeting you again some day. Hugs and kisses, Kaori
First day with Kaori was super good even though we just met, it was like we were best friends. We talked anything and she brought me to a shopping haven which was not in the itinerary for the first day and i was very grateful that she brought me there the "Nintendo shop" that was recently opened last Nov. 2019.
Thank you for the warmest review even while we’re still having tours, Sulina san! For me, it felt like same. I’m so grateful you have been friendly and enjoying time with me since first time I met you at the airport. I’m happy you loved Nintendo shop. It was lucky for me to know your favorites as you happened to tell me you like Nintendo games. I’m sure we’re having a wonderful time today, too. Thank you for your friendliness. Hugs and kisses, Kaori
Kaori was great guide. Very organized.
Thank you for giving me an excellent review, Marilu-san. I'm glad I could offer an unique tour for your 15 hours' lay over in Tokyo with some interesting Japanese experiences. Looking forward to next opportunity and spending more time together! Hugs and Kisses, Kaori