Nikko Full-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide

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Nikko Full day Private Custom Tour with National Licensed Guide

From USD 145.17

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 6 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Nikko is known for its spectacular nature spots, but it can take a lot of research and planning to narrow down a shortlist of sights. Save time, and let a guide plan your day instead. Simply meet your guide at Nikko Station, then set off on your private tour of this beautiful town. The itinerary is customizable based on your interests, and potential spots include Nikko National Park, Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzenji, Nikko Botanical Garden, and Shinkyo Bridge.
  • Tick off lots of Nikko sights—such as Nikko National Park and Kegon Falls
  • Avoid crowded tour groups and instead, have your own private guide
  • No fixed itinerary—the route is customizable based on your interests
  • No need to navigate in Nikko—the guide meets you at the station

What's Included

  • Licensed Local Guide
  • Customizable Tour of your choice of 3-4 sites from 'What to expect' list
  • Other personal expenses
  • Entrance fee (for you and your guide)
  • Private transportation
  • Transportation fee (for yourself and your guide)
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Tobu-nikko Sta.
    Aioicho, Nikko, Tochigi 321-1413, Japan

    Your guide will be at the meeting point as per your request on foot. This special tour will be conducted with a public transportation.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

This private tour is a walking day tour. A private vehicle is not included. Public transportation or local taxis maybe used to transfer between sites. Exact transportation costs can be discussed with the guide after a reservation is finalized. Please have Japanese Yen on hand for your transportation costs. If you wish to arrange for a private vehicle, please contact us directly. All Private vehicles must be booked 2 days in advance. Maximum number of passengers: 7.

What To Expect

Nikko Tosho-gu

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Nikko National Park

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kegon Falls

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Lake Chuzenji

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Irohazaka Route

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Senjogahara Field

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Taiyu-in Temple Hall

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Rinno-ji Temple

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Kanmangafuchi Abyss

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Nikko Futarasan Shrine

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Nikko Botanical Garden

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Shinkyo Bridge

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kirifuri Waterfall

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Kanaya Hotel History House

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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24 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
Showing 1-8 of 24 reviews
Wonderful experience!
Kevin_Y, Sept 2023
Karen was the perfect tour guide! She communicated with us well before to put together an itinerary with things we wanted to see or experience. And as in our case, when the weather didn’t cooperate, she adjusted the schedule to make the most of the day. She was well prepared with information that definitely made the tour more interesting! We ate the local specialties and she even slipped in a brief tasting at a local sake brewer. We can’t say enough about the day we spent touring Nikko with her!
Response from Host, Sept 2023
I'm so grateful for your kind words and happy to hear that you have enjoyed the tour in Nikko and Utsunomiya. Thank you very much for sharing your experience with me. I look forward to welcoming you back! Karen
Great experience! Recommended
lucadiz, Aug 2023
Yuki, our guide had everything prepared. It was really a pleasure to met with her and spent time together exploring the amazing Nikko site. She was very friendly, very knowledgeable and we really had a fun time together. Thank you again Yuki!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
It’s all my pleasure. I was much impressed with your intellectual curiosity and keen interest about the history, culture and religion of Japan and Nikko, which made the tour all the more exciting and enjoyable for me. Yokatta! Thank you.  Yuki
Nikko day trip
arthur_g, June 2023
Karen was great!! Loved this tour so much! One of my favorites in Japan. If this is your first time visiting nikko I highly recommend booking this tour!
Response from Host, June 2023
Thank you! It's a pleasure to hear such kind words from you. I'm sure you loved Soba or buckwheat noodles in Nikko. Hope you will come back to Japan again with your whole family. Karen
Nikko & Toshogu
Brian_K, May 2023
Our tour guide, Ikuko Kurata was a fantastic guide. She was so knowledgeable and also very personable. She is very good at adjusting the schedule even with a sudden change of plans. She was the best we could have hoped for ito guide us through Nikko and the Toshogu Grand Festival.
Response from Host, May 2023
I really appreciate your kind review. Thanks to you, I enjoyed the Toshogu grand festival too. It was a great timing! Ikuko
Highly recommended
James_P, Mar 2023
Our guide, Yumi, was very friendly, knowledgeable and flexible. In addition to introducing us to the heritage sites and taking us into the park to see the waterfalls she helped us to organize our train travel.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you very much for your warm comments. It is our pleasure if you were pleased with the tour. Also, your cooperation made the tour enjoyable and safe. Thank you very much again. We hope to see you again if you ever come to Japan again.
Great Guide, Service and Tour
Judith_F, Mar 2023
My friend and I had Yumi for a guide. She corresponded with us before we arrived in Japan so that she could find out what we would like to see and plan our tour accordingly. She also advised us on what clothing to wear for the weather and that we should perhaps hire a car because of the weather. The driver that she found was wonderful, and they even brought umbrellas for us to use. Even though the weather was less than ideal, we saw some beautiful sites and had a very nice day our two wonderful, caring hosts. I would highly recommend this tour. It has beautiful scenery and historical national treasures. Note: We took the limited express train from Tokyo to Nikko and were met by Yumi at the Tobu-Nikko train station. The train was very clean and comfortable. A super way to go.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you very much for choosing our private tour of Nikko. Thank you also for your very warm review. We will continue to do our best to please you. Although the weather was not good, we had a safe and wonderful day thanks to your cooperation. We look forward to seeing you again sometime when you come back to Japan.
Nikko: Temples, shrines and waterfalls
Christy_Z, Mar 2023
Ikuko was a wonderful guide. We did it as a day trip from Tokyo. She met us at the station in Nikko in the late marning. We had a list of places we might want to go, but were very open to suggestions. She managed to get us to a great variety of places. We had perfect timing to go see Kegon Falls and the lake before fog rolled in and you couldn't see anything. Then we explored the temples and shrines. She had a lot of interesting stories about the history and made seeing everything so much more interesting. We really appreciated her company!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi. Thank you for leaving me such a wonderful review. Yes, we were just in time before fog. I was deeply impressed by your graceful way of drinking tea. I have to follow your example!
Increible Yumi
almudena_v, May 2023
La mejor guia que nos podria haber tocado. Yumi es increible, nos contó la historia de Nikko de forma entretenid y nos hizo una ruta personalizada. Muy recomendable.
Response from Host, May 2023
Muchas gracias por participar en la gira de Nikko esta vez.También me alegro de que haya recibido una crítica tan bonita. Gracias a la cooperación de ustedes dos, ha sido un día maravilloso. Me gustaría verle de nuevo si tengo la oportunidad de volver a Japón algún día. Yumi

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