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

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 11 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Keio Plaza Hotel
    2 Chome-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

    Please arrive by 8:30AM at Keio Plaza Hotel, JTB Sunrise Tours Check in Counter, Main Building 3rd Floor

Start time

08:40 am

End point

  • 1-chōme-7-2 Nishishinjuku
    1-chōme-7-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

    Near Shinjuku station, West Exit

What To Expect

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.

Nikko Tosho-gu

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Lake Chuzenji

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kegon Falls

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • At reception, please show your reservation confirmation sheet, a printout of the reservation confirmation e-mail, or show the e-mail on your mobile device screen to staff.
  • If the minimum number of participants (1) is not met by 4 days before the scheduled date, or due to other operational management circumstances, the tour on that date may be canceled.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • To prevent infection, please participate wearing face masks.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • On the day of the tour, a health check and temperature screening will be conducted. Those with a temperature of 37.5 and above as well as those who do not feel well may not be allowed to participate.
  • Heavy traffic due to colored leaves is expected every year on Irohazaka Winding Road from Oct. to early Nov. Therefore, Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji will not be visited during this period. In such cases, any of the following will be visited instead of Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji: Tamozawa Imperial Villa, Kirifuri Falls, Taiyuuin Mausoleum at Rinno-ji Temple, Futarasan Shrine, etc. The alternative plan outlined above may be used even outside of the designated period (Oct. - early Nov.) due to road conditions or other reasons.
  • No refunds will be issued as a result of location changes.
  • As the tour uses a bus for the entire itinerary, arrivals at each site may be delayed due to road conditions.
  • Children up to 5 years old may join free of charge, but will not be provided with bus seats or lunch. If a seat on the bus and lunch are required for the child, please make a booking at the child rate.
  • When booking, please indicate the number of customers requesting vegetarian meals (please indicate even when there are no requests).
  • 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.
  • Depending on the number of tour participants, transportation to be used may be other than a large bus (mid-size bus, small bus, hired car, etc.).
  • This tour promotes Environment(Eco)-friendly efforts and Cross-cultural Understanding as stated under Sunrise Tours' Sustainable Development Goals.
  • This is a carbon offset product where a portion of the tour booking charge is spent on renewable energy. By converting CO2 emissions during the tour to green energy, it's possible to contribute to activities protecting the planet's future.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

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.

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Amazing trip - we’ll organised, great guide and beautiful area - would definitely recommend! Marie our guide was very knowledgable and very funny. Educational, beautiful and spiritual - a fantastic day.


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bpf4c7pmjh, Sept 2023
Meeting point was very difficult to find. Missed pickup by 5 minutes. No refunds or rescheduling available if you miss your.
Magical Nikko
Gavin_B, Sept 2023
Amazing trip - we’ll organised, great guide and beautiful area - would definitely recommend! Marie our guide was very knowledgable and very funny. Educational, beautiful and spiritual - a fantastic day.
Washed out
paul_a, Sept 2023
Unfortunately the tour was ruined by torrential rain from the start of the tour to the end.Although are tour guide Take did his best under very difficult circumstances everyone just wanted to get back to the hotel
Tissue Ito was such a...
William_P, Sept 2023
Tissue Ito was such a nice and informative guide. She kept the tour moving, provided a lot of education, and made the bus trip go by quickly. Very well done. The stops were all very beautiful and the lunch was great.
Excellent guides make great tours
James_H, Aug 2023
The Nikko tour given by Joe was one of the best during my one week stay in Tokyo. The guidance and attention to the group made it such a great tour. The driver was excellent too getting us from Point A to Point B timely and safely. I would recommend this tour to everyone who wants to enjoy the country side of Japan learn about its history.
Very good
Alba_P, Aug 2023
The tour was really nice! The explanations that the guide gave us were really interesting! You also have some free time which is good!
Very difficult to fully enjoy the tour.
Ruriko_Y, Aug 2023
Joe was very nice. But people behind of our seats were so rude! Even though they were loud they said we were too loud. Then they stepped my hair behind of my arm rest of the seat. Also I would recommend they should choose different videos during ride. One animation was very annoying.
Missed tour due to unhelpful tour operator
Anupama_P, Aug 2023
This is a negative review for JTB Sunrise Tours of Tokyo. We missed the tour by a couple of minutes and the staff was quite unhelpful. We were just a couple of minutes away from the start point. I sent a message on the given number to say we would be just reaching. The tour operator did not even bother to call and check where we were. What is the point of giving a phone number? When we reached, we asked if we could catch up with the tour. They said we could do so at Nikko by reaching on our own, but refused to share the number of the guide. How were we to find the bus? We couldn't take the risk of travelling 2 hours to the location without a confirmed way of joining the tour. Then they told us to get rescheduling through Viator which we did by calling up Viator customer care. But our rescheduling request was rejected by the tour operator inspite of the fact that there were seats available on 4th August. (I checked on Viator site) Very bad customer service on their part. We've booked other tours through Viator over the years, but this is the first time we had such a bad experience. Tickets for a group of 3 down the drain for us.
Not recommend Nikko
Hong_T, Aug 2023
Not recommend for these places all we spend is sitting on bus, there is no interesting place for this tour. Of course I like the tour guide but just not like your place.
Omar_A, July 2023
Good trip. I would not recommend to get the lunch option. Food was bad. Guid spoke English but with a hard accent. For me water fall was best part.
Relaxing day to Nikko
Gayle_V, July 2023
We had a wonderful day. Joe was our guide and between him and the driver, they made the day very enjoyable. It was good to get out of the city and see the countryside. The Japanese meal was good to try. There were plenty of opportunities to go shopping to buy souvenirs. The waterfall was beautiful.
Great family-friendly tour
Thu_N, June 2023
This was our second trip with our guide, Joe. He is the BEST guide. He’s so funny and energetic. The tour was perfectly paced, and we had plenty of time to take in the beautiful sites as well as shop and relax. I highly recommend this type of tour for families because it gives everyone a chance to rest on the bus. We went with two elderly relatives and two small children.
Max_B, June 2023
Average tour, the ride is very long. You will see nikko temble wich was rebilt so everything is new. Some of it was close. Not to much explonation from tour gide, you will walk there by yourself for a hour. The lake and waterfall is nice. 80% of a tour is bus riding...
Tour guide Take was...
Betsy_P, June 2023
Tour guide Take was knowledgeable, funny and considerate. We really enjoyed him and the amazing sites.
Marie was funny and...
Shahid_M, June 2023
Marie was funny and friendly! We enjoyed our trip. She gave lots of information throughout the trip.
Nice area
Ken_M, June 2023
The Lake and Falls were beautiful, just wish we could find a way to get closer or perhaps on the lake. A lot of driving for very little time at lake or falls. Lunch was excellent and served efficiently. Viator or tour operator (Sunshine) needs to immediately institute a policy regarding illness. The last thing you want to do is spend hours on a bus with folks that are obviously very, very sick. It really reduces the enjoyment for the rest of us.
Highly recommended!
Richard_S, June 2023
We learned a lot about the history of the shrine and about Japan in general during the two hour bus ride to Nikko thanks to a very engaging and entertaining tour guide. The sites were so beautiful, and we had ample time to see them fully. The lunch was also an amazing feast of a wide variety of delicious foods, which were also very welcome after a good amount of walking and stair climbing at the shrine. With the pre-arranged transport, meal, and English language tour, this was the perfect first-day excursion for our family five (ages 9+)!
Beautiful places, but the guide let us down
Laure_C, June 2023
All the places listed are a must seen! However the guide was not useful, very little information provided. The lunch isn't worthy either.
One historic site and two natural beauty locations
pavel_g, June 2023
Great places. One historic site (Nikko shrines) and two natural beauty locations (lake and waterfall). The organizers may like to try separating them. Those who like history and those who want to see mountain lakes are usually different people. We were in Nikko on Sunday, June 4th. The shrines' area was overcrowded and somewhat over-commercialized. If you want to pay homage to the leaders who change/defined the history of the nation, try to select a better time, maybe even in the bad weather.
A fairly interesting tour.
Jon_G, June 2023
I thought the tour was enjoyable. We spent a lot of time at the temple, maybe too much. We probably could have done or seen something else during that time (or arrived back in Tokyo earlier). Very little time is spent at the lake, and a bit more time is spent at Kegon falls. The elevator down to the base is not included in the tour, but is definitely worth it. The lunch we purchased was pretty good, though it seemed both organized and disorganized at the same time. The tour guide was ok, but didn't exactly do a great job at keeping us all together, and sometimes led us down paths that said exits and talked in areas where there should be no talking.

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