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  • Address: Nikko National Park, Nikko, Japan
  • Hours: Open Daily
  • Admission: Free

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Nikko National Park Tours

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.

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Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo, Tokyo, null
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Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo

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Explore the scenic shrines and breathtaking countryside of Nikko National Park on a relaxing day trip from Tokyo. Famous for its stunning beauty amid natural ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.56
Best of Edo Japan: Nikko National Park and Edo Wonderland Day Trip from Tokyo, Tokyo, Day Trips
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Best of Edo Japan: Nikko National Park and Edo Wonderland Day Trip from Tokyo

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Visit Nikko on a partially guided day trip from Tokyo to learn about the fascinating era when Tokugawa Ieyasu ruled Japan. Take a guided tour of a UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.17
Private Nikko Tour: Toshogu Shrine, Kegon Falls, and Lake Chuzenji by Train, Tokyo, Day Trips
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Private Nikko Tour: Toshogu Shrine, Kegon Falls, and Lake Chuzenji by Train

This is an ideal private tour for Nikko sightseeing. You will be traveling with an English/Chinese-speaking National Licensed Guide on the whole itinerary. A ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $263.27
Nikko Day Trip by Train: Kegon Falls, Toshogu Shrine, and Sake, Kanto, Day Trips
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Nikko Day Trip by Train: Kegon Falls, Toshogu Shrine, and Sake

Explore Nikko on this 9-hour guided tour. In a small group of no more than six, visit the famed Kegon Waterfall, one of the top three waterfalls in Japan. Also ...  Read more

Location: Nikko, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $189.60
Private Chartered Taxi Tour to Nikko from Yokohama, Tokyo, Day Trips
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Private Chartered Taxi Tour to Nikko from Yokohama

This is a private tour with a taxi and guide. With a local driver and a licensed tour guide, your travel experience in the Nikko area will be an easy task.

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,561.46
Private Chartered Taxi Tour to Nikko from Tokyo, Tokyo, Private Day Trips
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Private Chartered Taxi Tour to Nikko from Tokyo

This is a private tour with a taxi and guide. With a local driver and a licensed tour guide, your travel experience in the Nikko area will be a breeze!

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,561.46
Private Nikko Tochigi Tour from Tokyo Metro Area Full Day, Tokyo, Private Day Trips
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Private Nikko Tochigi Tour from Tokyo Metro Area Full Day

Visit the amazing UNESCO World Heritage site of Nikko Tosho-gu, Nikko Toshogu Treasure Museum, Rinno-ji (an incredible area the has 15 Buddhist Temples at the ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $2,087.54
NIKKO PASS All Area, Tokyo, Cultural Tours
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NIKKO PASS All Area

Take a trip out to Nikko and create your own adventure with this 4-day pass. Take advantage of discounts and unlimited rides on buses and trains to visit ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 1 to 2 days

From USD $37.67
Private Nikko Custom Tour from Tokyo by Chartered Vehicle, Tokyo, Rail Services
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Private Nikko Custom Tour from Tokyo by Chartered Vehicle

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Enjoy a day away from Tokyo on this 9-hour private tour to the charming and historic town of Nikko. Charter your own sedan, van, or minibus with a professional ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,193.73
Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Waterfalls with Traditional Japanese Lunch from Tokyo, Tokyo, Custom Private ... 
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Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Waterfalls with Traditional Japanese Lunch from Tokyo

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This is a 10 hour tour to Nikko, a famous World Heritage and tourist spot in Japan. The main spots included Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Waterfalls. Nikko is also ...  Read more

Location: Shinjuku, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.02

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