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Nikko 1-Day Bus Tour :World Heritage of Nikko Toshogu,Lake Chuzenji,Kegon Falls

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Nikko 1-Day Bus Tour :World Heritage of Nikko Toshogu,Lake Chuzenji,Kegon Falls
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Enhance your experience of Nikko National Park on an enriching full-day excursion from Tokyo. Feast your eyes upon breathtaking countryside, sacred shrines, and stunning temples as you explore the region with an accomplished guide. Visit Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site dedicated to Shinto worship, and hear about the structure’s fascinating history. Opt for the upgrade to pleasure your palate with a traditional Japanese lunch, and then absorb the natural splendor of Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls. Plus, enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Tokyo on this comprehensive tour.
  • Full-day trip to Nikko National Park from Tokyo
  • See the impressive wood carvings and ornate structures of Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Enjoy a Japanese lunch (if option selected)
  • Round-trip transportation from central Tokyo

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This tour stops off at Kegon Waterfall and has the option to upgrade and include lunch.
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Round-trip coach between Tokyo and Nikko National Park
English-speaking guide
Lunch (if "Lunch Included" option selected at checkout)
Lunch (if "No Lunch" option is selected at checkout)
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Keio Plaza Hotel , 2 Chome-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

Departure time 8:15am Keio Plaza Hotel, JTB Sunrise Tours Check in Counter, Main Building 3rd Floor

8:15 AM
1-chōme-7-2 Nishishinjuku , 1-chōme-7-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

Near Shinjuku station, West Exit

Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach from your meet-up point at centrally located Keio Plaza Hotel, and begin the scenic drive the Nikko, a serene city at the entrance of Nikko National Park.

Head straight to what is unanimously hailed as the park’s most spectacular site, the Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO-listed mausoleum of a revered monarch whole ruled Japan in the 17th century. Marvel at lavish gold-leaf embellishments and opulent chambers during your exploration of the monument. See iconic carvings depicting the ‘hear no evil’ proverb, and then revitalize with a delectable Japanese lunch if you selected the option at booking.

Next, venture to the natural landmark of Kegon Waterfall. Capture the perfect pictures of the falls from a variety of vantage points, including the observation deck.

Conclude your tour with some retail therapy at one of Tokyo’s most extravagant entertainment districts. Peruse shops for special souvenirs (own expense), and refresh with a snack at one of the many eateries (own expense) before making your own way back to your hotel.
Stop At:  
Kegon Falls
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nikko Tosho-gu
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lake Chuzenji
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • This tour will depart regardless of weather or traffic conditions, unless you are notified otherwise by the local operator. Viator and your local tour operator will not be responsible for necessary itinerary changes due to unforeseen circumstances
  • In October and November, heavy traffic due to autumn leaves is expected every year on Irohazaka Winding Road. Therefore, Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji will not be visited during this period and instead one of the following attractions will be visited: Taiyuuin Mausoleum at Rinno-ji Temple, Futarasan Shrine, Kirifuri Falls or Tamozawa Imperial Villa
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The alternative plan outlined above may be used even outside of the designated period due to road conditions or other reasons. No refunds will be issued as a result of location changes.
  • Children up to 5 years old may join free of charge, but will not be provided with bus seats. If a seat on the bus is required for the child, please make a booking at the child rate.
  • Vegetarian meals are available and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • An earphone guide will be provided to each participant at Nikko Toshogu Shrine. Guide's explanations may be listened to using an exclusive free app to be downloaded into customers' own smartphones (Wi-Fi only needed when downloading the app; Wi-Fi at meeting location may be used). A fee of JPY 10,000 may be incurred if an earphone guide is lost or damaged by a participant.
  • The tour will walk up and down steps and hilly paths at Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Falls. Be sure to wear shoes and clothing which are comfortable to walk in.
  • Vehicle without Wi-Fi may be used (depending on the number of tour participants, vehicle may be changed to a mid-size or small-size bus, van, minivan, taxi, etc.)
  • From 2022, a portion of the sales will be donated for the conservation of World Heritage Cultural Properties in Nikko as part of Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
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You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Nikko 1-Day Bus Tour :World Heritage of Nikko Toshogu,Lake Chuzenji,Kegon Falls?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Nikko 1-Day Bus Tour :World Heritage of Nikko Toshogu,Lake Chuzenji,Kegon Falls?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What is the social distancing policy during Nikko 1-Day Bus Tour :World Heritage of Nikko Toshogu,Lake Chuzenji,Kegon Falls?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Nikko 1-Day Bus Tour :World Heritage of Nikko Toshogu,Lake Chuzenji,Kegon Falls?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Nikko 1-Day Bus Tour :World Heritage of Nikko Toshogu,Lake Chuzenji,Kegon Falls.

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  • "It is a long bus trip to Nikko but totally worth it." See review
  • "Not worth the time spent traveling about 6 hours in traveling." See review
  • "I highly recommend this tour for those who happen to be in Tokyo and do not have enough time to spend a night in Nikko." See review


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Wonderful Tour To Lovely Nikko
, Mar. 2020
superb scenery; kind, helpful and patient guide providing useful and relevant information on the sites visited; a very enjoyable trip
Great Scenery and beautiful Sight
, Mar. 2020
Highly recommended, The tour did not disappoint but I wish we had more time at Lake Chuzenji, as the scenery was so beautiful it rivals the Zurich Lake. the town around Kegon falls was nice and quaint. The Nikko Toshogu was great as well.
Nikko 1 day
, Feb. 2020
Great tour and guide! Loved the shrine and countryside. Tour guide was extremely informative. Enjoyed lunch
, Jan. 2020
Wow! Nikko was an amazing place to visit. Everyone in my family loved the tour. Aside from beautiful Nikko, visiting the lake and falls was an added bonus. We especially enjoyed the fantastic, delicious lunch! Would take this tour again in a second. Thanks Viator for making the experience one of the best in Japan!
Great day trip
, Jan. 2020
Giulia did a great job on this tour. She knew her stuff and made some great suggestions for things to do on our own. We recommend this tour.
Nikko should be on everyones list
, Dec. 2019
Words cannot do justice to the beautiful place Nikko is. You have to be there to really experience it. This was my 2nd tour with the same company. They are really professional, guide was excellent. They take care of every person on the tour. I was a solo traveler but didn't feel left out. The shrine was amazing, lake was absolutely beautiful and the marvel of this tour is the waterfall. Simply amazing.
Well worth it
, Dec. 2019
Excellent day trip, good food, good sights, it’s a shame it was cloudy the day I went. Superb guide.
Good day trip
, Nov. 2019
comfortable bus well paced good for all ages. English guide was hard to understand, but she was trying her best.
Long but fulfilled day
, Nov. 2019
I highly recommend this tour for those who happen to be in Tokyo and do not have enough time to spend a night in Nikko. There are many beautiful sceneries to see and learn about the history of Japan. There was an uncontrolled incident that caused a delay on our trip. However, Yoko, the guide, handled that very well. She proactively worked with us to reorganize the itinerary and ensured that we saw most attractions. Despite the fact that we ended up spending more time on the bus than at the actual sites, I did not regret taking the trip. It was fulfilled and I learned a lot from it.
, Nov. 2019
Everything about this tour was outstanding. Our guide, Yasushi, was excellent. The bus was comfortable, the Nikko shrines, temples and outbuildings were incredible.
More Time at Nikko Preferred.
, Oct. 2019
Would have liike more time at Nikko. The Lake and Waterfall were nice but the main attraction of the tour was Nikko. 90minutes was too rushed. Unfortunately the tour commenced with having to pick up other tour party members from bus at down town Tokyo. Not withstanding the rush and long travel time to Nikko, the tour was enjoyed.
Great day trip
, Oct. 2019
We had such a lovely day trip with our very friendly host, Mika and very competent bus drivers. It was a day of beautiful scenery and great cultural awareness. I can highly recommend this trip and would advise on booking the delicious lunch as well.
Great tour to Nikko
Andrew M
, Oct. 2019
The tour started at the hotel where we quickly got on the bus and were off for Nikko. It took us about 3 hours to get there stopping at a rest stop at the halfway point. Our tour guide was very informative and kept us engaged during the ride with various pieces of information about that region, history and culture. We were at the temple for about 90 minutes which I felt was more then enough time to see. Then we had a very nice lunch in the town, after which we drove for another hour to the Lake Chuzenji where we only had about 15 minutes to take pictures and look at. Then we went to the Kegon Falls where we only had about 30 minutes for pictures. (Both of these areas are beautiful by the way). At the end of the trip we took the 3 hours bus ride back to Tokyo where we were dropped off at Shinjuku Station (very convenient). Overall I did enjoy the parts where we were off the bus nd sightseeing, however I felt that we spent more time on the bus then actual sightseeing, which is why I am giving this 4 stars.
Fabulous Shrine, Waterfall, and Lake
Alison C
, Sep. 2019
A wonderful day out from Tokyo. Spectacular views of waterfall and lake. Be warned the shrine at Nikko will be very crowded and there are many stairs with no handrail. The lunch was fantastic.
English guidance -> very poor English
, Sep. 2019
Trip was 75% in bus, 25% visiting Nikko and other destinations. Bad planning made the whole tour a a battle against the clock. Apparently, it was most important to arrive back on time than the tour itself. Guide had poor English and made repeated mistakes regarding the time to go back to bus. In Nikko, the guide insisted in sharing his view instead of giving general advice, wasting our short time in uninteresting opinions. In general very overprized and poor relation quality/prize.
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Susan C
, Aug. 2019
The success of this tour was based on Amy’s expertise. She went out of her way to accommodate guest needs. Thank you Amy!
The Temple was beautiful
Brenda B
, Jul. 2019
Our tour guide, Sonoe, was great. She kept us entertained throughout the day. The temple was very interesting and beautiful. Unfortunately, due to fog we could not see the lake or the falls. I understand that the tour must go on...but in reality there should have been an adjustment to the schedule; either some other sight or just bring us back earlier. The second half of the day was a waste of time...I certainly could have found other things to do besides sit on a bus.
Lovely day
, Jun. 2019
Guide was very friendly. The tour took us to the beautiful Toshogu temple and breathtaking lake and waterfall views. 100% recommended.
Phantasie Trip: very good organised
, May 2019
The organisation was impeccable and the host took great care and responsibility about their guests. The lunch was very good and there was plenty to fill in every stomach. The site was truly magnificent and the host told us a lot about the historical background of the place. Overall: very good and I highly recommend.
Terrible, not worth it
, Apr. 2019
We were stuck in a coach for approxamitly 10 hours. The temple was nice and worth seeing but it was dark by the time we made it to the waterfall (which was ok nothing special) then dark by the time we were at the lake. Would never recommend this to anyone. If you want to go to the temple hire a car and drive yourself.

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