Discover Nikko, full day

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Around two hours' train journey from Tokyo, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this extremely popular pilgrimage site, which is exceptional both in terms of its natural beauty and for its many architectural works of art which are on UNESCO's world heritage list.
Exploring the historical sites on the mountainside as well as the antiquated town centre will surely make you adopt the famous adage "Never say kekko (magnificent) until you've seen Nikko!"

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Daniel has spent plenty of time exploring Nikko, one of his favourite towns, and knows every nook and cranny. He will make you fall in love with this unique town, a gem of Japanese spirituality.


When you arrive in Nikko, your guide will help you explore the sights of this spiritual city one by one Tosho-gu shrine, the mausoleum of the famous shogun and symbol of the city Ieyasu Tokugawa. The site, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, dates from the early 17th century. Daniel will show you its richly decorated doors, the wooden sculpture of the three wise monkeys, the sleeping cat, the room of the wailing dragon, and the tomb of Ieyasu on the higher ground at the back of the shrine...

Another essential site: the Buddhist temple of Taiyu-in, mausoleum of the Shogun Iemitsu, grandson of Ieyasu, who died in 1648. This monument also has some architectural treasures.

A little further along, the shrine of Futarasan is undoubtedly more modest but is the basis of the major religious role that Nikko holds today. Daniel will explain the history of this shrine, which was built in the 13th century at the foot of a sacred mountain - Mount Nantai - and which is still the object of popular fervour. The magnificent Shinkyo bridge also remains from this period, which marks the entrance into Nikko and which will surely be a highlight of your day. 

At lunchtime, your guide will take you to a typical restaurant to sample local dishes, before continuing the visit into the afternoon.

As you head back towards the station, you will be able to browse local artisanal products and pick up some souvenirs.



Your guide will come and collect you at Nikko station.

If you are coming from Tokyo, catch the Shinkansen to Utsunomiya, then the Nikko JR line to Nikko. This trip is covered under the JR Pass.
Without the JR Pass, take the Tobu line from Asakusa (Tokyo).

Cost around 5000 yen/person (around $45 / £35) for transport (return ticket from Tokyo and bus around Nikko) and entrance fees.
If you would rather be accompanied from Tokyo using the the JR Pass, cost of 5000 yen (around $45 / £35) in addition (additional cost of guide's ticket on the Japan Railways network).