Nikko Car Tour




  • The NIKKO CAR TOUR is an exclusive tour operated solely for you and your party.
  • We will accommodate your needs, requests and interests. If necessary, your itinerary can be changed depending on your existing schedule.
  • A licensed English speaking tour guide will take you to Nikko in a private car.
  • Pick-up and drop-off services are available.

Nikko Tour Recommended Itinerary

Time:9:00 - 18:00

Duration:9 hours (Approx.)

  1. Toshogu Shinto Shrine
  2. Rinno-ji Temple, Three Buddha Hall
  3. Futarasan Shinto Shrine
  4. Lake Chuzenji
  5. Kegon Waterfall

Nikko, literally sunlight, is about 200 kilometers north of Tokyo, and it was registered as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. Since Nikko is said to be blessed with both natural and artificial beauty, it is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Japan.
Nikko has also been known as a sacred mountain area since olden times, by the Japanese indigenous religion, Shinto. Mt. Nanti is the central mountain, and is sometimes called Nikko Fuji because it has the same conical shape as Mt. Fuji.
By way of demonstration of how beautiful Nikko is, we have a famous proverb, which says, “Don't say kekko or magnificent, until you'll see Nikko. ”It is equivalent to the Western saying of “See Naples and then die.”

Toshogu Shrine in Nikko is one of the most gorgeous shrines in Japan, and is the mausoleum of the greatest Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shognate Government. The government ruled all Japan for nearly 250 years from 1603 to 1867, and it was the most powerful military government in Japanese history, located in Edo (now known as Tokyo). Tosho-gu Shrine was built in 1636 by the third Tokugawa Shogun Iemitsu, to enshrine his grandfather, Ieyasu, the founder of the government. Tens of thousands of dollars were said to have been spent and millions of people were mobilized to construct the shrine
Thousands of carvings and sculptures decorate its gate called Yomei-mon and Honden or main sanctuary. In particular the gate is very famous for its various carvings such as imaginary animals, birds, flowers, Chinese saints and children, fruits, and vegetables, all of which are considered to symbolize peace finally attained after centuries of warring periods in the Japanese middle ages. Since you can spend a whole day appreciating these elaborate carvings, it is often referred to as “Higurashi no mon”, or “the gate you will not get fed up with even when you spend the whole day seeing it”.

Although Nikko is most famous for its Toshogu Shrine, its history dates back to 766 when Saint Shodo, built a small temple called Shihonryu-ji Temple. Later it became the present Rinnoji Temple, which is also designated as a World Cultural Heritage site. The three Buddha Hall of the temple is dedicated to three great wooden images of Buddhism, those are the image of Amida Nyorai, the one thousand armed goddess of mercy, and the image of the horse headed goddess of mercy.

Another highlight in the Nikko tour is to visit Futarasan Shinto Shrine, which is also designated as a World Cultural Heritage site. The history of Futarasan Shrine started when Saint Shodo, built a small shrine in Nikko nearly 1200 year ago. This shrine is dedicated to three Shinto gods that symbolize the three sacred mountains in Nikko, as the Shinto religion is based on nature worship.

In the afternoon, you leave Toshogu Shrine area for Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Waterfall, while driving up a winding road called Iroha Zaka Slope. It is called Iroha Zaka Slope since it has 53 steep turns, which is coincidentally the same number of sounds as the Japanese syllabary beginning i, ro, ha, similar to English ABC.
Lake Chuzennji is a crater lake with an elevation of 1269 meters and it is the source of Kegon Waterfall. The Waterfall is one of the three most noted waterfalls in Japan due to its its beauty and scale, 97 meters in height and 7 meters in width.


Number of guests Tour charge
(per person)
Tour charge
(Total Charge)
Type of private
1 person 110,000 110,000 Sedan
2 persons 57,500 115,000
3 persons 42,000 126,000 Mini-van
4 persons 32,500 130,000
5 persons 27,000 135,000
  • Tour price may change depending on number of guests.
  • Included: English speaking tour guide; Tolls and Parking; Sales Tax
  • Not included: Lunch (Although lunch is not included in the package, your tour guide will be happy to help you find a suitable restaurant).
  • Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel and take you back once the tour concludes.

If you are interested in the tour please book it through the booking form on our Website.

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