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Nikko Tour #1: Visiting the World Heritage Site

4:30 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Magnificent views awaite you!
We have a saying to the effect that one does not know what beauty really is before one sees Nikko shrine.
We visit the World Heritage site.
You will feel refreshed by its quiet and peaceful nature and then appreciate its splendid historic architecture.
Especially, archtecture in Toshogu Shrine is exquisite and authentic. Human beings today can't create again.


Feel free to personalize this offer with MICHIKO.

  • Sacred Bridge :The arched vermilion bridge and the quiet green forest in the background displays an exquisite effect of beauty.
  • Toshogu Shrine: The mausoleum of Ieyasu Tokugawa, first Shogun of the Edo Shogunate who established more than 250-year peaceful period.
  • The Rinnoji Temple: We visit a Buddhist temple once General Grant visited and a graceful Japanese garden.
  • The Futarasan Shrine is dedicated to the three sacred mountains of the area, Mt.Nantai, Mt. Nyoho and Mt Taro.
  • Cryptomeria Avenue: Almost all visiters to Nikko will surely be struck by the magnificence of the cryptomeria avenues.

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What to Expect

You can enjoy magnificent views of both beautiful nature and architecture.
Nikko is located in the mountainous area blessed with picturesque scenery, hot springs and cool weather.
You will feel refreshed by its quiet and peaceful nature.
You can appreciate exquisite and authentic Nikko's buildings including a dazzling multicolored "Yomeimon Gate" decorated with 508 sculptures.
The gate reflects Shogun's wish for peace.
There are lots of buildings, sculptures, carvings and paintings designated as national treasures and important cultural proporties in this precincts.
By the way, what would you like to have for lunch?
You have many options.
Delicious curry and rice, an omellette containing stir-fried rice as a filling, dishes for vegan and soba,buckweat noodles are popular menus served at restaurants around here.
"Yuba" is a local delicacy made from the skin forming on the top of gently-boiled soybean milk.
Popular sweets are traditional Japanese sponge cake called "Kasutera", traditional sweet jelly of adzuki beans called "Yokan" and rusks.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point at Tobu Nikko Station or at JR Nikko Station
Ending Point at Tobu Nikko Station or at JR Nikko Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, transportation fees for your guide

What‘s not included

bus fare for each guest: ¥500( a day pass)
You can choose a "koban" (an oval Japanese gold coin in Edo period ) shaped ticket.
entrance fees for each guest:Toshogu Shrine and Rinnoji Temple ¥1300+¥700=¥2000
food and drink


I don't work as a guide after 5 p.m.

It takes about two hours by train from Tokyo to Nikko.
I'm happy to tell you how to get to Nikko from Tokyo and how to get back to Tokyo.
If you'd like your guide to meet you at your hotel in Tokyo, it's possible.
We can start this tour from your hotel in Tokyo and end it at your hotel in Tokyo.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you need any more information.

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 ( 27 )
4.6 (27) Reviews
Very Good
Jerry Jerry United States
3 days ago

“ Michiko-san was a great choice! ”

Michiko-san epitomized professionalism by pre-planning our individual tour based on what we'd like to see in the Tokyo area. The pre-planning included her going through prior dry-runs of routes to ensure that we'd be able to accomplish what we prioritized on our wish list and within the allotted time. If we chose to linger more at one location, Michiko-san was flexible and adjusted our itinerary. Without her, we couldn't have seen half the sites if we had tried on our own to find and navigate to these places through Tokyo's extensive rail and subway system. Additionally, she provided some written brief background & context on our tour stops prior to the actual meeting - which was quite thoughtful. We were very pleased with Michiko-san!


Thank you for your review. I found a good dish called "sweet potato rice" at a small restaurant in Kawagoe on the day before the tour date. Sweet potato is a specialty of Kawagoe and I thought it was good for your stomach. Let's try it next time! And now I'm on the way to Lake Kawaguchiko to do the final route check for the tour expected next week. It's a beautiful day to enjoy the views of Mt. Fuji. Michiko

Lorne Lorne Canada ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Great day in Nikko with Michiko ”

My wife and I met Michiko at the Nikko station and had a great day discovering the wonders of Nikko. Michiko was the perfect guide - friendly, thoughtful and informative. She gave us great information but also gave us space when appropriate. We would highly recommend Michiko for tours in Nikko and Tokyo. Thank you Michiko!


Thank you for your review. I just enjoyed the tour with you two. I was thrilled with the heavy traffic in the peak time of autumn color viewing. But we walked faster than the bus, right? And thank you for your interest in a Japanese sense of beauty called "Wabi Sabi". Michiko

Denise Denise United States ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ Very accommodating ”

She was very kind, and adaptable to schedule changes. She knows Tokyo very well and was able to point out information, such as history, customs and culture. Very pleased! Would book again!


Thank you for your review. It was really nice talking with you. Let's enjoy our third act of life, where we create value for things that we love to do! Please give my regards to your friends.

Puloma Puloma United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Pleasant Day in Nikko ”

Michiko was a very kind and lovely person, as well as a great guide to have at Nikko, an area more geared more towards Japanese tourists than foreign ones. She did a great job translating and explaining the important historical sites to us. We encountered several rituals which we would not have understood had she not been there to inform us, and she helped make our visit respectful by guiding us through the customs and etiquette of each place. She was particularly helpful at the Imperial Villa, where she helped translate a number of questions we had about the villa's history to the Japanese-speaking staff. She did at times struggle with speaking English, but we were able to work together to find the right words and got some interesting context. We wish we could have gone somewhere a b... read more


Thank you for your review. You wanted to have "soba (buckwheat noodles)", right. You should have let me know in advance. Actually, I know some good "soba" restaurants there. But I'm reluctant to take my foreign guests to a soba restaurant and make a reservation at some long-established restanrants which serve good western dishes unless I'd had any special requests for lunch. Because soba could develop a severe allergy condition. (I have a certification as a medical interpreter, I have no intention of using it though.) Anyway, you are blessed with many things including weather. If it had not rained at the very end of the tour, I could have show you another good place to you!

KARYNA KARYNA Canada ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Shortened and rescheduled tour but very informative and memorable. ”

After our flights were delayed due to typhoon number 19 and our one day tour had to be cancelled, Michiko generously gave up two afternoons to tour us around Asakusa, Shibuya Ginza and the Imperial Gardens. Very pleasant, accommodating and easy to be with, she worked with our schedule and made our day and a half in Tokyo truly memorable. Thank you Michiko for showing us Hachiko and cafe latte with our faces!


Thank you for your review. I was impressed by your modest personality and the great contribution to the society. I was really happy sharing a wonderful time with you all. Please say hello to your adorable K9s from Michiko.

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