OPTION 1 : Group tour
Join this guided group tour to visit the lovely city of Nikko and its beautiful nature.
The guide will lead participants on a tour of Nikko Toshogu Shrine, registered as a World Heritage Site, while explaining all about the city´s rich history.
After about 4 years of the shrine’s large-scale repairs which cost around USD 10.4 million, the national treasure Yomeimon Gate was once again opened to the public in 2017. Lay your eyes on the richly colored structures that have been restored to their former glory.
Visit Kegon Falls, counted among the greatest waterfalls in Japan, and Lake Chuzenji, a scenic lake with a circumference of about 25 km and a depth of 163 m, created about 20,000 years ago from an eruption of Mt.Nantai which blocked the valley. (This visit may be omitted in case of road congestion)
Travel back in time to the Edo Period (1603-1868)! There will be a stopover at the Hanyu Parking Area, which reproduces the Edo-style atmosphere. See the beautiful structures and famous long-established shops dating back to the Edo Period, and enjoy shopping for souvenirs.
* Depending on road conditions, the tour may stop at a different parking area (rest area) instead of the Hanyu Parking Area. In this case, please note that the different rest area will not be a representation of an Edo Period town.
OPTION 2 : Private Tour
An early start today as you travel to the Nikko National Park (2hr) with a local guide to visit the Toshogu Shrine complex. Built as a mausoleum for Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate which ruled Japan for over 250 years, this lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a dozen Shinto and Buddhist buildings in a beautiful forest setting and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will introduce you the charms of Toshogu through interesting stories about the history and religions of Nikko, the birth of the shrine, the effort of maintenance and others.
You will also visit Tamozawa Imperial Villa, a National Cultural Treasure, featuring architecture that spans three different periods — Edo, Meiji, and Taisho — as well as a beautiful garden.
Note: Tamozawa Villa is closed on Tuesdays, but you will visit Rinnoji temple instead.