Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo

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Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo information and booking

from
$120
Duration
11 hours
Departs from
Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal or selected hotels in Tokyo
Returns to
Concludes at Shinjuku approximately 8:00pm
Time of departure
9am from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal
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Tour description provided by Viator

Explore the scenic shrines and breathtaking countryside of Nikko National Park on a relaxing day trip from Tokyo. Famous for its stunning beauty amid natural surroundings, Nikko has been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for centuries. With an informative guide, visit the ornate complex of Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site decorated with wood carvings and gold leaf. Upgrade for a Japanese lunch, and then take in more sights at Tamozawa Imperial Villa and Kirifuri Waterfall. Enjoy round-trip coach transport, including hotel pickup.

Board a comfortable coach at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal after morning pickup from your selected Tokyo hotel. Then enjoy the drive to Nikko, a small city at the entrance to Nikko National Park — a place of stunning scenic beauty.

The highlight here is the world-famous Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO-listed mausoleum of the first Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan until 1868. This gorgeous complex contains more than a dozen colorful structures featuring the superb craftsmanship of Japan's 17th-century artisans, set amid a tranquil forest.

Spend approx. 1.5 hours exploring the Toshogu Shrine your guide, admiring the lavish gold-leaf decorations and ornate details, including five buildings categorized as National Treasures of Japan. Be sure to look out for the famous carving of monkeys depicting the ‘hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil’ proverb.

Take a break for a Japanese lunch (provided, if upgrade selected) and then spend an hour at the Tamozawa Imperial Villa, featuring refined architecture from the Edo, Meiji and Taisho periods. The imperial villa was originally built as a resting place for Emperor Taisho and has since housed other illustrious guests, most notably the Showra Emperor during World War II.

Next, travel to Kirifuri Waterfall, considered one of the three most beautiful waterfalls in Nikko. You have 30 minutes to capture the perfect picture from the observation deck, located directly in front of the 264-foot (80-meter) cascade, which takes its name from the mist created by the water hitting the rocks below and producing an enchanting fog-like (kirifuri) quality.

Finish your tour at Shinjuku or Ginza stations — Tokyo's most popular shopping and entertainment districts. Browse the stores or relax with dinner and a drink at one of the many restaurants (own expense), before making your own way back to your hotel.

What's included

  • Round-trip coach to nikko national park from tokyo
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)

What isn't included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop off