Nikko Walking Tour



  • THE NIKKO WALKING 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 World Heritage site.
  • This tour is a walking tour that also uses public transportation e.g. train, bus, subway and taxi when needed.
  • Pick-up and drop-off services are available.

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 have seen Nikko." It is equivalent to the Western saying of “See Naples and then die.”

Nikko Tour Recommended Itinerary


Duration:9 hours (Approx.)

  • Toshogu Shinto Shrine
  • Rinno-ji Temple, Three Buddha Hall
  • Futarasan Shinto Shrine
  • Lake Chuzenji
  • Kegon Waterfall
  1. Take the Super Express train from Asakusa Station in Tokyo to Nikko Station. It takes about two hours to arrive in Nikko.
  2. Change trains at Nikko Station onto a public bus for the Nikko Toshogu Shrine.
  3. At Toshogu Shrine, you will see a five storied pagoda, stone and bronze torii archways, a Deva gate, 8 panels of the three wise monkeys, a sacred white horse, an imaginary elephant drawn by famous Japanese painter Kano Tanyu in 17c., various types of good luck charms, Omikuji written oracles, a water basin for purification, bronze lanterns, temple bell and drum towers, large pictures of a crying dragon drawn on the temple ceiling, a gorgeous Yomei mon gate which is the highlight of the shrine, main sanctuary where people worship, the room used by Shoguns, and the room used by Imperial messengers in the sanctuary, etc.
  4. At Rinno-ji Temple, Three Buddha Hall, you will see three huge gilded images of Buddha.
  5. Futarasan Shinto Shrine is dedicated to the three Shinto gods representing the three mountains in Nikko; Mt. Nantai, Mt. Nyoho, and Mt. Taro. These three gods or mountains have been considered to be a child and parents since olden times.
  6. Lake Chuzenji was created by a volcanic eruption of Mt. Nanti nearly 20,000 years ago, It sits at an elevation of 1,269 meters, the highest lake in Japan, 163 meters at its deepest point, 63 km in circumference, and its area is 11.62 km?. It is a popular place for smelt fishing.
  7. Kegon Waterfal was said to have been found by Saint Shodo in the 8th c. and was named after one of the Buddhist sects, Kegon.
  8. Take the Express train to return to Asakusa Station in Tokyo.

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).
The Tosho-gu Shrine was built in 1636 by the third Tokugawa Shogun Iemitsu, to enshrine his grandfather, Ieyasu, the founder of the government. Nearly 4 hundred million 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, main sanctuary where people pray. 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”.

The Toshogu Shrine is also famous for its twelve panels of the “three wise monkeys”. The second panel of “See no evil, Speak no evil, Hear no evil” is best known, but it is one of a series of 8 panels, showing the lives of monkeys from their childhood through puberty and adolescence to adulthood and then to parenthood. Actually the panels can also be compared to the lives of human beings.

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

In the afternoon, you leave the Toshogu Shrine area for Lake Chuzenji and the Kegon Waterfall, by driving up a winding road called the Iroha Zaka Slope. It is called the 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 the English ABC.
Lake Chuzennji is a crater lake with an elevation of 1269 meters and it is the source of the Kegon Waterfall. The Waterfall is one of the three most noted waterfalls in Japan due to its beauty and scale, 97 meters in height and 7 meters in width.


Number of guests Tour charge
(per person)
Tour charge
(Total Charge)
1 person 60,000 60,000
2 persons 34,000 68,000
3 persons 26,000 78,000
4 persons 21,500 86,000
5 persons 18,800 94,000
6 persons 17,000 102,000
  • Tour charge may change depending on number of guests.
  • Included: English speaking tour guide; Public transportation fares (including train, subway and taxi fares); Admission fees; 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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