Nikko guided tours

(Certified English Speaking Guide)

Half day typical tour (4 hours)

Gathering point: JR or Tobu Nikko station  (➡ bus   → walk)

Where we visit: JR or Tobu Nikko station ➡ Shinkyo bridge→ Otabisho → Rinnoji temple (Sanbutsudo hall) → Toshogu shrine (three monkeys, Yomeimon gate, Sleeping cat, etc.)→ Kanmangafuchi gorge ➡ JR or Tobu Nikko station 

Fee for your guide:  ¥25,000 per group (max. 6 people) 

Admission fee for Toshogu &Rinnoji ¥1,700 

Following miscellaneous expenses are on your own; transportation, admission, and lunch. 
Option: We suggest you go to Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park to fill your whole day in Nikko 

Full day recommended tour (6 hours)

Gathering point: JR or Tobu Nikko station   (➡ bus   → walk) 
Where we visit: JR or Tobu Nikko station ➡ Shinkyo bridge→ Otabisho → Rinnoji temple (Sanbutsudo hall) → Toshogu shrine (three monkeys, Yomeimon gate, Sleeping cat, etc.)→ Futarasan shrine →  Lunch time → Kanmangafuchi gorge Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park ➡ JR or Tobu Nikko station

Fee for your guide: ¥35,000 per group (max. 6 people)   

Admission fee for Toshogu, Rinnoji, Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park ¥2,300
Following miscellaneous expenses are on your own; transportation, admission, and lunch. 

Nature & History

 Nikko has two faces, natural beauty and man-made beauty.  Our walking tour takes  you to historic shrines and temples but you will enjoy matching nature and art there.

 Our walking tour is for the people who needs commentary from the professional guide in temples and shrines.

 Nikko's history dates back to 766.  Shodo Shonin (Buddhist monk) came over to Nikko from Shimotsuke to climb up to the summit of Mt. Nantai which is the highest mountain around Tochigi prefecture for the purpose of  meeting the deity who was believed to live in the mountain.  He challenged many times and 16 years later, he finally made it,   meanwhile, he built shrines and temples in Nikko.
 Later in the 17th century, Toshogu shrine (Tokugawa Ieyasu's mausoleum) was built after the founder of Tokugawa shogunate, Ieyasu died.  He was enshrined as a deity in Toshogu.

  We will also take you to Inner Nikko as an option, where you can see lakes and waterfalls, and if you wish you can enjoy walking on a boardwalk in the wetlands.

 
 2,486 m high Mt. Nantai erupted 20,000 years ago and formed Lake Chuzenji, Kegon waterfall and Kanmangafuchi gorge and so on. 

 You may also enjoy being as a guest at British and Italian Embassy's villa memorial park on the lakeside. 

 Need a guide?  You may find the best guide for you from our list attached.


On the way to Kanmangafuchi Gorge

If you wish to walk a little more after our tour, we suggest you to visit Kanmangafuchi gorge where you can find nearly 80 stone statues of Jizo Bosatsu along Daiya river.
And also Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park would be the best place to see how the imperial family used to stay at their summer villa.

Shoyoen garden

If you are a garden lover, Shoyoen garden by the Sanbutsudo Hall, Rinnoji temple is the place to visit.
You can find various kinds of moss there and you can walk a typical Japanese strolling style garden with pond and island.