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Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo

Highlights
  • Experience Nikko National Park’s natural beauty, wildlife, and hot springs
  • Behold Tosho-gu, a 17th-century shrine and UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy a savory Japanese lunch (extra charge)
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Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo
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Pick up at Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku (near JR Shinjuku Station). Lunch included
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Overview

With its serene lakes, mountainous forests, and picturesque waterfalls, Nikko National Park is one of Japan’s most stunning nature reserves, situated on the incredibly scenic—and hard to reach on your own—Romantic Road. On this exciting tour, escape the bustle of Tokyo with an invigorating day in the Japanese countryside, including a visit to a spectacularly decorated UNESCO World Heritage­–listed Shinto shrine.

What to Expect

Begin your day with a morning pickup from your Tokyo hotel. Enjoy a scenic drive to Nikko, a small, mountainous city that was once an important center of Shinto and Buddhist worship. Today it’s the gateway to Nikko National Park, a stunning nature reserve famous for its forest-covered mountains, wild monkeys, and hot springs. It's a popular stop on the Romantic Road, an off-the-beaten-track rural trail full of ruggedly beautiful sightseeing spots.

Stop to peek at Tosho-gu, an ornately decorated 17th-century Shinto pagoda and mausoleum, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the origin of the “see no evil” monkeys, who are represented in carvings on the shrine. Enjoy an authentic Japanese lunch if you've opted for the upgrade.

Next, travel to Lake Chuzenji, whose picturesque waters are contained by a crater formed by a sacred volcano’s ancient eruption. Standing on an observation deck overlooking the scenery, you’ll see where the lake cascades over the hillside and erupts into a fog-like mist, forming Kegon Waterfall, one of the park’s most beautiful sights.

On your way back into Tokyo, stop at Shinjuku or Ginza stations for some souvenir shopping before making your way back to the hotel.

Reviews (564)
1 - 5 of 15 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great tour but what a long journey!

Despite such a long bus ride it was worth a visit to the shrine, our tour guide Amy gave us lots of interesting facts along the way although at times her accent made understanding a little difficult but then I can't speak Japanese so I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Christine F
Reviewed September 2, 2018
Excellent Nikko day tour and excellent guide, Amy!

We took this tour on a 60 degree rainy misty day (essentially the worst conditions you could ask for in early September) and had a fantastic time. Our guide Amy was filled with energy, enthusiasm, so much knowledge about Tokyo, and so incredibly helpful. She...More

Date of experience: September 2018
6  Thank elizabeth7887
Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile
Nice day tour - maybe best to avoid in misty weather

I did this day trip on my own after a business trip to Tokyo. The guide was Mari, and overall she was nice, but she kept saying “am I talking too much?” to seek reassurance from us, but really we were just listening (in fact...More

7  Thank SOMLondon
Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile
Guide was funny but hard to understand

First of all, it’s a long bus ride, you stop once along the way for a break and to buy a bunch of junk you will eventually throw away. The Nicco shrine is amazing and worth the trip, it’s very big and the guide will...More

1  Thank tuscany1943
Reviewed May 4, 2018
Beautiful Nikko

Despite the fact that it was misty and at times showered us with a few drops of rain nothing could detract from the beauty of the Toshugu shrine. Our guide "Mary" was absolutely fabulous ensuring that we all knew where to be and when to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank JennyWindsor
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the main temple had a small amount of scaffolding on it. the palace grounds are so amazing you hardly notice.
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