The tour covers the components of the World Heritage designated sites of Nikko, including the Toshogu Shrine, the Futarasan Shrine and the Rinnoji Temple. We uncover the meaning behind the elaborate carvings found at Toshogu and discover what sets this area so apart from the other Japanese architecture that generally stress simplicity. Also the area offers indications of the fusion between the Shinto and Buddhism religion, knowledge that will prove to be beneficial when visiting other regions of Japan.
Overall the tour is about 5 hours after meeting, and including a break for lunch.
We will either meet at the JR Nikko Station (pictured) or the Tobu Nikko Station, depending on how you will be travelling to the area. This tour does not offer the option to start in the central Tokyo area.
30,000 JPY for group, up to four people. Note rates exclude your admission or transportation fees.
One-day bus passes can be purchased at the station for 500 JPY.
For Japan Rail Pass users, ride the Shinkansen to Utsunomiya then change to the Nikko Line.
Non pass-holders may choose Tobu Express trains from Asakusa.
Either way, Nikko is roughly 2 hours from central Tokyo.
Options on the itinerary: If you are looking for areas without the huge crowds, you may want to consider a visit to the following places:
Former summer residence for Emperor Taisho built in 1899 with beautiful garden. Rare example where public is allowed access into former housing for royal family.
Requires additional 45 minutes walking, but features countless jizo stone figures in a tranquil setting with views of a waterfall and the Daiya River.