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Nikko National Park Tours

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Known for its impressive botanical garden, intricate Iemitsu mausoleum, and ornate Toshogu Shrine (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Nikko National Park is an area of incredible natural beauty with plenty to see and do. In addition to shrines and temples, the park is home to numerous lakes, elaborate bridges, excellent hiking trails, and two stunning waterfalls—all set against a backdrop of dramatic mountain scenery.

The Basics
Particularly popular among hikers, nature lovers, and those who appreciate Japanese architecture, Nikko National Park is easily accessible from Tokyo on a day trip, with most travelers visiting as part of an organized tour so as to reap the benefits of a local tour guide and the convenience of roundtrip transportation from the city. For a fully immersive journey into the history of Japanese culture, a trip to the national park can be combined with a visit to Edo Wonderland, a colorful theme park of ancient villages featuring geishas, samurais, and ninjas.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Nikko is a must-visit for nature lovers and adventure travelers.
  • Choose a standard entrance ticket or a World Heritage Pass that includes entrance to the park's shrines and temples.
  • Day trips from Tokyo often include hotel pickup and drop-off and can last upwards of 12 hours.
  • Remember to wear comfortable hiking shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Bring a jacket; it's cooler in Nikko than in Tokyo.

How to Get There
While a guided tour is the most stress-free way to visit the park, independent travelers have several options for getting there on their own. The Spacia bus, the fastest way to reach the park, departs regularly from Tobu's Asakusa Station and takes just under two hours one way. Those who prefer the train can take the Tobu rapid train from Asakusa (two hours and 10 minutes) or the JR train from Shinjuku (about two hours). Be sure to board the correct car, as the trains split up along the way.

When to Get There
In autumn, the foliage of the surrounding mountains—particularly around Lake Chuzenji—turns spectacular shades of red and yellow, making it an ideal time to visit. Other times of year are less crowded. Expect cold temperatures and snow in winter and mild, wet weather in summer.

The Temples and Shrines of Nikko National Park
While many come to the national park for the nature, its cultural attractions are also worth exploring. The eighth-century Rinnoji Temple houses three 28-foot (8.4-meter) gold-leaf wooden Buddha statues, as well as a lovely landscaped Edo-era garden. More than 2.4 million sheets of gold-leaf were used in the construction of the Toshogu Shrine, the most famous structure in the Nikko area. The Futarasan Shrine, the oldest structure in the area, dates back to 1617.
Address: Nikko National Park, Nikko, Japan
Hours: Open Daily
Admission: Free
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30 Tours and Activities to Experience Nikko National Park

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1-Night 2-Day Room & 2 Meals: Hike National Park + Walk Toshogu World HeritageHiking

1-Night 2-Day Room & 2 Meals: Hike National Park + Walk Toshogu World Heritage

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Get away from the hustle and bustle of your travel and make the most out of the UNESCO world heritage and the beauty of Nikko National Park. Our small group tour combines freedom of self-exploration and ease of guided experiences. Our activity is led by an English-speaking guide. You don’t need to make an arrangement for ride, accommodation or dinner/breakfast as they are already included. Day 1: The UNESCO World Heritage Site Exploration Meet us at the Tobu/JR Nikko and we take you to Kirifuri Waterfall and Kanmangafuchi Abyss. It is followed by a self-exploration of Nikko World Heritage Area including Shinkyo Bridge, Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan Shrine, Rinoji Temple Day 2: Nikko National Park Guided Hiking We take you to Yumoto Onsen. The guide walks you through Yunoko Lake, Yudaki Waterfalls, Senjogahara marshland, and Ryuzu Waterfalls. We also stop at Kegon Waterfall. You may add additional night(s) for a fee and visit EdoWonderland. Please contact us when you reserve.
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1Day private Nature&Hotspring Tour /English speaking driver(Chater,Chauffeur)Day Trips

1Day private Nature&Hotspring Tour /English speaking driver(Chater,Chauffeur)

This tour is private charter ( luxury,comfortable vehicle ) with English speaking guide. 1~6 pasengers full-flat rate. Experience Japan through the eyes of a local private guide. We are going to vist World heritage site "Nikko" which is 2hours away from Tokyo. You are going to have the chance to visit a lot of places only locals know. we are going to stop by a private hotspring where you don't have to share with anyone. This is the perfect treat for yourself and your loved ones. Our guide is professional photographer. No more selfe or pestering strangers for photos of yourself and loved ones. ・Private Day Tour-Fully customizable, we are open for your suggestions we will visit.
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Discover Japan Tour: 15-day Small GroupMulti-day Tours

Discover Japan Tour: 15-day Small Group

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See the real Japan and experience its culture beyond the typical tourist sites. You'll walk through busy streets, ride the bullet train, and enjoy local foods. Each tour is customized to fit the preferences of the group.
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Nikko day tour accompanied by a qualified tour guide by private vanDay Trips

Nikko day tour accompanied by a qualified tour guide by private van

This tour is a day trip from Tokyo by private van accompanied by a qualified tour guide. Visit the World Heritage Toshogu Shrine area and the Lake Chuzenji area of the National Park. The basic course is as follows. Nikko Toshogu Rinno-ji Temple Futarayama Shrine Lake Chuzenji Kegon Falls Optionally, you can visit the following locations: Ryuzu Falls Yutaki Yunoko Senjogahara Kirifuri Falls You can stay in Nikko area for about 6 hours. If there is another place you want to visit, you can add it if the local stay time is within 6 hours. We use comfortable vehicles driven by professionals, so you can enjoy the tour with confidence. Let's enjoy the Nikko Tour! It is recommended to make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance for vehicle arrangements.
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Nikko, Nature and World Heritage Day Trips

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Nikko, Nature and World Heritage

Nikko is very famous for its beauty being in harmony with nature. You can enjoy the highlights of Nikko very efficiently in a day.
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Nikko, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Waterfalls including Lunch from TokyoDay Trips

Nikko, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Waterfalls including Lunch from Tokyo

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Experience the nature and culture of Nikko and its surroundings on this all-day adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, check out the historic Nikko Toshogu—a shrine to the Tokugawa Shogunate’s most revered leader—savor an authentic complimentary lunch, and admire the magnificent landscapes of Lake Chuzenji and 318-foot (97-meter) Kegon Falls.
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  • 10 hours
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