One Day Nikko World Heritage Tour: Set amongst lush rolling woodlands, Nikko is the perfect place to explore the mighty power of the Tokugawa shogunate as well as Japan’s most inspiring natural beauty.
* See the ornate carvings and lavish design of Nikko Toshogu Shrine
* Contemplate the pristine beauty of Lake Chuzenji
* Be bowled over by the power of Kegon Falls
Begin by travelling to Nikko by bus, where on arrival we take a tour of Nikko Toshogu Shrine, one of the country’s significant World Heritage Sites. Behold its beautifully ornate and lavish design that makes it a National Treasure of Japan and see the Edo period come to life before your eyes. 400 years old, to this day you can still spot the shrine’s legendary carvings; including the three monkeys depicting the proverb ‘hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil’, as well as the sleeping cat.
A symbol of Nikko, Lake Chuzenji was created by an eruption of Mt Nantai. Spend a few quiet minutes here to contemplate the surrounding peace and tranquility before we continue our tour to one of Japan’s three great waterfalls – Kegon Falls. Falling an impressive 97 metres, the water dramatically gushes from Lake Chuzenji in what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable spectacle. Absorb the display of natural beauty from the observation deck and return with incredible pictures etched in your mind. The tour disbands upon arrival at Sukiyabashi Intersection in Ginza.
Duration: 12 hours approximately.
Start/opening time: At 8:05am.
End/closing time: At 8pm.
Drop-off location: Ginza/Shinjuku. Opening days/period: From January 1st until March 19th and from May 2nd until December, 31st: on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. From January 2nd until March 21st and from April 30th until October 21st: daily.
Others: The charge to take the Kegon Falls elevator is not included in the booking price. Due to expected traffic congestion during the peak autumn season, the tour will not visit the Kegon Falls or Lake Chuzenji between October 10th and November 5th. During these dates, the tour will visit either the Rinno-ji Temple Taiyu-in Mausoleum, Nikko Futarasan Jinja Shrine, the Kirifuri Falls, or the Nikko TAmazawa Imperial Villa. The tour may also be changed to the above itinerary on dates other than that listed above due to traffic congestion, or other unforeseen circumstances. Please note that due to major repair and restoration work, three monkeys carving and part or all of Yomeimon Gate will not be visible at Toshogu Shrine. An earphone guide will be provided to each participant at Nikko Toshogu Shrine. However, if there are less than 15 participants earphone guides may not be used.