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Nikko World Heritage: Toshogu Shrine

8:30 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Tosho-gu Shrine, and another shrine and temple are on the list of World Heritage. Nikko was designated as World Cultural Heritage in 1998. In Ancient Japan, Nikko was a famous sacred training place for the "mountain worshippers." The Tosho-gu Shrine was built after the death of Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of Tokugawa Shogunate, as his mausoleum. You can see about 5,000 colorful carvings here.


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What to Expect

It is said that there are mainly two religions in Japan, Shintoism and Buddhism. Shintoism is Japan's original religion and Buddhism was introduced to Japan via Korea and China in 6th century. In Nikko you can see many structures which demonstrate the syncretism of both of them, such as the Five-story Pagoda, normally found in Buddhist temples, which was restructured in 1818 and the Stone Torii Gate, one of the biggest in Japan. Torii gate is typical of Shinto shrine.

Departure & Return

Starting time 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel
Ending Point At your hotel

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel puck-up

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide) = per capita fee is 3,300 yen from Tokyo to Nikko for one way, and in Nikko 500-yen bus ticket is needed. (Only in the case you stay in the hotel in Tokyo)


The tour is not available in autumn, from September to November.
Could you pay your guide's total transportation fee of the tour at the end of the tour?

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 ( 42 )
4.8 (42) Reviews
Very Good
Karen Karen Singapore
1 day ago

“ Enjoyable time with Akira ”

Mr Akira met us at our hotel lobby and brought us to Tsukiji. We had a scrumptious sushi breakfast based on his recommendation. Thereafter, we explored the outer market with Mr Akira showing us and explaining the different veggies, fish and produce. Then we headed to Asakusa. We had an enjoyable time with him. He is knowledgeable, caring and very proud of his culture. Highly recommend!


Dear Karen-san. I’m so glad to have your nice message. I had a very great time with you because everyone of you is quite amicable. This message made me more motivated to being a guide. Thank you for everything again. If you have a chance to visit here, I definitely hope to see you again. Take care. Best regards, Akira

Amanda Amanda United States
2 months ago

“ Kawagoe tour ”

Akira is a fantastic tour guide and an extremely nice person. We went to kawagoe to see the storehouses and go on a soy sauce factory tour. The town was charming with great souvenir options (and much less crowded than some of the attractions in Tokyo). Unfortunately my daughter developed a stomach ache from the night before but Akira was able to help so much. He assisted us in getting her safely back to the hotel in Tokyo and was so helpful in caring for our family. I can’t imagine a better person to work with.


Amanda-san, Ed-san, and Sarah-san. I’m most grateful to you that you sent me such a marvelous review that has become wonderful incentive to me! Although it’s a shame that we didn’t go through the original schedule, I myself had a good time talking with you on the train. I’m impressed that while I was speaking, you were earnestly listened to me. Hope you could touch unique atmosphere of Kawagoe. This was a great experience to see such nice people like you. Ed-san, you’re such an energetic and fascinating person. I’d like to keep contact with you from now onward. *PS: I checked “Harper Trout 2020” Hope you have a good day! Best regards, Akira

Cezanne Cezanne United States ( Family with kids )
3 months ago

“ Wonderful day with Akira ”

My family (husband and two teenage daughters) and I had a wonderful time with Akira exploring theTokyo Station, Tsukiji Fish Market, Hamarikyu Gardens and Asakusa. He was well-versed in the background of the places we visited and especially wanted to show my husband who is an architect, Tokyo Station and another building in Asakusa. He brought us to a delicious restaurant where my husband said it was the best sashimi he had throughout our whole trip in Japan! His English is excellent and was able to educate us on Japanese culture and was curious about life in America so we had many great conversations. I would definitely hire Akira again the next time we are in Tokyo. Thank you Akira for the lovely gift for us to remember our travels in Japan.


Dear Cezanne-san, Matt-san, Hanah-san, and Emily-san. I hope you’re well! Thank you very much for your encouraging message! Sorry for being late for reply. I’m most grateful to you that you sent me such a marvelous review! I’m happy that I myself had a great experience during one-day tour with your family. I’m glad that you enjoyed your stay in Japan. I’m looking forward to helping you again if you happen to have a chance to visit Japan some day. I hope you have a nice day every day in San Francisco. Best regards, Akira

Chris Chris United States ( Couple )
4 months ago

“ Lovely man and perfect experience! ”

Akira was lovely to communicate with in helping us reach a destination in Tokyo which was difficult as a foreigner. He responded quickly and clearly at all times. When the day of the tour came, he was promptly on time, helped us with exactly what we needed, and even helped us for how to get back into Tokyo afterwards after the tour was done. I have nothing but positive things to say.


Dear Chris-san & Chris-san. Thank you for your quick and wonderful review which is motivating me a lot. I myself had a nice experience thanks to you. I had a good opportunity to learn about Metropolitan Outer Underground Discharge Channel. I hope you enjoy the rest of the tour in Japan. Take care. Best regards, Akira

Dawn Dawn United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
5 months ago

“ Hot spots of Tokyo ”

My family and I (my sister and 2 teen kids) did a customized tour wit Her Akira and we had a great time. We visited Hama-rikyu tea garden, Tsukiji Fish Market, Imperial Palace, Sensoji Temple, Asakusa Shrine, and Skytree. He picked us up from our hotel at 9 and began our journey. The tea garden is so beautiful. It’s a must visit. I was excited about the fish market before I got there but when we arrived it was so awesome. We are some strawberries that were delicious. We also stopped by the Budda temple before we went to the fish market. Arika gives really good information about Tokyo that you wouldn’t know unless you had a guide. The lunch spot he took us to was good as well. My kids loved the food. My family and I enjoyed the day and would use him again if we ever go back.


Dear Dawn-san. Thank you for your nice message. I’m very happy to learn all of you had a good time during the tour. Hama-rikyu Japanese style Gardens was really beautiful and tranquil, wasn’t it? I’d like you to come to Tokyo again. If I have a chance to guide you next time, I’ll introduce many other places to you. I’m looking forward to seeing you again! Keep contact. Best regards, Akira

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