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Things to do in Tochigi Prefecture

Our most recommended things to do in Tochigi Prefecture

From Tokyo to Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour and Hakone Cruise

1. From Tokyo to Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour and Hakone Cruise

Discover the Japanese natural miracles of Mt. Fuji and Hakone in 1 day on a guided tour. Step away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and surround yourself with nature as you visit the highest mountain in Japan. Ride the thrilling Hakone Ropeway and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Ashi. We start the tour from the center of Tokyo, Shinjuku (Love statue) at 8am. A comfortable air-conditioned coach will first take you to all the way up to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji, 2,000 meters above ground. Take a deep breath at the wonderful nature in Mt.Fuji while seeing magnificent scenery. Also feel the sacred atmosphere at Japanese shinto Shrine there! *If we cannot go up there, we will attend the highest available point on the day and if it is only the first station or the driveway is closed, we will visit Oshino Hakkai or alternative place Then the bus will take you to “Oshino Shinobi no Sato”, a Ninja Village for buffet lunch! Enjoy a Japanese Lunch buffet with local fresh ingredients as much as you like! Walk through a traditional Japanese garden with a Japanese landscape of Mt fuji. Maybe you can take photos with Ninjas!!! *Vegetarian meal, Muslim Friendly is available. Please request when you make a booking. After recharging some energies, the bus head to Hakone area! Starting with “Owakudani” a valley once was called “Valley of Hell.” It is still an active volcano that you can still see the steam coming from the ground. Experience the smell of sulfur and try eating “Kuro Tamago” Black Egg which is said to prolong your life! We will take a Hakone Ropeway, an exhilarating experience with an amazing view of Mt. Hakone. You can see the rich nature of the mountain and you can even see Mt. Fuji in a clear sky! This ropeway will take you to Lake Ashi, a caldera lake. Enjoy the refreshing cruise of Lake Ashi and see the beautiful natural landscape and Mt. Fuji. Don’t miss out to see Torii Gate which is floating on the water! It’s not over yet! We are finishing at Hakone Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in the area because of its photogenic red torii gate floating on the water called “Torii of Peace.” Yes, this is the gate we will see from the cruise! Go ask your friendly tour guide to take pictures that can go on your Facebook picture! And don’t forget to bring your empty bottle! Go up to the main Shrine, pray for your health and get some spring water that is said to purify your bad spirits. After having a peaceful time at the shrine, the bus will have a quick stop at Odawara Station and head back to Shinjuku Station getting there around 6:50pm. *People who has JR pass can use their own tickets and use bullet train from Odawara Station.

Tokyo: Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train

2. Tokyo: Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train

Experience Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and listed as a World Heritage in 2013. Enjoy lunch before seeing Hakone, which is famous for its natural beauty and having such breathtaking views over Lake Ashi. First, board a comfortable air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi that will take you to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji, 2,000 meters above the ground. Step out and take a deep breath of the nature of Mt.Fuji and the sacred atmosphere at the Japanese Shinto Shrine. Then the bus will take you to “Oshino Shinobi no Sato”, a Ninja Village for a buffet lunch. Enjoy a Japanese Lunch buffet with local fresh ingredients before taking a walk through a traditional Japanese garden with a Japanese landscape of Mt Fuji. Next, the bus will take you to the Hakone area. Begin at “Owakudani” a valley once called the “Valley of Hell", once and still an active volcano. Experience the smell of sulfur and try eating a “Kuro Tamago” black egg which is said to prolong your life. From here, take a Hakone Ropeway, an exhilarating experience with an amazing view of Mt. Hakone. See the rich nature of the mountain, and on a clear day, all the way to Mt. Fuji. This ropeway will take you to Lake Ashi, a caldera lake where you will take a cruise. Finally, conclude your tour at Hakone Shrine. See its photogenic red torii gate floating on the water called “Torii of Peace.” Fill up your empty bottle at the main Shrine, pray for your health, and get some spring water that is said to purify your bad spirits. Then, board the bus headed to Odawara Station, and take a Japanese bullet train, Shinkansen. Arrive back in Tokyo around 6 PM.

Nikko: Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

3. Nikko: Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

Discover Nikko on a fully customizable private tour. Choose what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and the local partner will arrange a tour to suit you. Start your day by meeting your guide and then choose the sites you wish to visit depending on your interests. Example 6-hour Itinerary: Meet your guide at Tobu Nikko Station and get the bus to Nikko Tosho-gu shrine. Discover the impressive carvings of the shrine which showcase the techniques of Edo period craftsmen. See carvings of animals, such as the three monkeys said to be admonishing mankind, the sleeping cat, as well as ornate buildings and a five-storied pagoda. Hop on the next bus to Lake Chuzenji via Iroha Zaka. Enjoy the views throughout the journey on this famous winding road. Enjoy lunch by Lake Chuzenji with the brilliant colors of the leaves contrasting with the lake's pristine waters. Take a short walk along the shore of the lake to better experience the beautiful scenery. Continue to Kegon Falls, one of the three most famous waterfalls in Japan. See the water flowing from Lake Chuzenji as it falls from a height of 97 meters. To experience the full power of the waterfall, take the elevator to the viewing platform at the base of the falls where you can view them up close.

Tokyo: Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Waterfall Tour

4. Tokyo: Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Waterfall Tour

After meeting at 7:50AM, your tour leader will greet you at the ground floor of the Shinjuku Subaru Building next to the Shinjuku JR Station west exit. At 8:00AM, you will depart from Shinjuku to Tochigi prefecture, where Nikko City is located. At around 10:30AM, you will travel to the first stop on your tour, the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. This shrine is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868, known as the Edo Period. You can appreciate the beauty of this shrine complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, whilst learning the interesting stories and legends of the buildings from your guide. After visiting the Nikko Toshogo Shrine, you will pass through the Iroha Slope. It is famous for its 48 sharp turns along its route, and is portrayed in the animation ”Initial D”. The road is very popular for its autumn leaves in the fall. At 12:30PM, you will arrive at the Kegon Waterfall. This almost 100-meter-tall waterfall is the most famous of Nikko's many beautiful waterfalls. It is even ranked as one of Japan's three most beautiful falls, along with the Nachi Waterfall in the Wakayama Prefecture and the Fukuroda Waterfall in the Ibaraki Prefecture. At 2:00PM, your tour will be separated into two groups, you can choose according to your preference to either walk along Lake Chuzenji, or to experience the Nikko hot spring. Before finishing your tour, you will stop by the Onihei Edo service area, which is the most interesting service area with edo style design and traditional souvenirs. At 6:00PM, you will be dropped back at the Shinjuku Subaru Building, where your tour will end.

From Tokyo: UNESCO Shrine and Nikko Scenic Spots Bus Tour

5. From Tokyo: UNESCO Shrine and Nikko Scenic Spots Bus Tour

See the Shinto shrines of Nikko on a guided tour from Tokyo. Admire the architecture and spiritual significance of these UNESCO Heritage Sites as well as the scenic views of Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji, with a lunch also included. Start the tour from either Shinjuku or Shinagawa in downtown Tokyo. Relax on an air-conditioned bus and first to have about an hour for a delicious lunch in Nikko. After lunch, move on to the holy sites of the city, the UNESCO heritage Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Futara-san Shrine. Toshogu Shrine is the final resting place of General Tokugawa Ieyasu. Be amazed by the masterpiece mixture of Japanese spirits with ancient Oriental building designs.  Learn the history of Futarasan Shrine which is dedicated to the deities of Nikko's 3 most sacred mountains, Mount Nantai, Mount Nyoho, and Mount Taro. Admire the golden details of the main hall in the shrine, while being surrounded by stunning autumn colors. Climb up the thrilling 48 turns of the Irohazaka slope. Head to your first tour destination, the breathtaking Kegon Falls, at around 100 meters high. Follow the stream to the scenic Lake Chuzenji. During autumn, you can take pictures of the seasonal colors with the lake in the background. At the end of the tour return to Shinjuku.

From Tokyo: Private Day Trip to Nikko

6. From Tokyo: Private Day Trip to Nikko

Meet your host in Tokyo and head to your destination on the Tobu Railway Limited Express. Travel to Nikkō and enjoy the small city nestled in the foothills of gigantic, snow-capped mountains north of Tokyo. Immerse yourself in centuries of Japanese culture and see two grand mausoleums and an array of Edo relics, adding to Nikkō’s rich history. Visit the Buddhist temple of Rinnō-ji and Toshogu Shrine, a 17th-century treasure with a stunning five-story pagoda, that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  You can take a trip up to the mountains, which are home to Nikkō National Park. It is one of Japan’s most spectacular protected areas, where Lake Chūzenji drains through Kegon Falls, a 97-meter natural marvel. With your host by your side, lace-up and tackle some of its mesmerizing walking trails, some of which lead to hidden waterfalls and secret Shinto shrines. Once you leave the forests, before heading back to Tokyo, quiet the tummy rumblings at a local eatery, and crunch down on some yuba, or tofu skin, a local delicacy, and wash it all down with some locally-brewed sake. Important: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket

7. Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park Ticket

Enter the renowned Edo Wonderland in the beautiful city of Nikko to learn about one of the most defining eras of Japan. After entering, feel like you have traveled back into the Edo period as you navigate the town constructed with traditional Edo architecture. Choose to wear a traditional kimono from a selection of various ranks and take the opportunity to become an Edo citizen for the day. Become a lord, samurai, princess, farmer or a different kind of citizen, making for great photo opportunities. Be immersed in the culture and experience the complex beauty of being dressed in kimono.  Enjoy a variety of live performances including the popular ninja performances, oiran cultural shows, water magic shows, and a variety of other traditional plays. Try authentic cultural experiences. Learn the basics of how to handle a samurai sword or traditional archery. Take a lesson on how to play the musical instrument Shamisen, how to apply traditional handmade beni lipstick, how to do ukiyo-e woodblock printing or aizome indigo dying.  Learn unique facets about Edo culture through various exhibits including the Edo firefighters exhibition and swordsmith exhibit. Discover fun unique amusements including a mechanical maze, a ninja house filled with secrets, and the mysterious ninja training house, where the laws of physics seem to not apply. Taste authentic seasonal Edo cuisine at various restaurants in the park. 

From Tokyo: Nikko's Shrines & Lake Chuzenji Private Day Trip

8. From Tokyo: Nikko's Shrines & Lake Chuzenji Private Day Trip

Set off towards the Nikko area after being picked up at your hotel / your home. Your first tour destination is the breathtaking Kegon Falls, at about 97 meters high, which is one of the top three waterfalls in Japan. Follow the stream to the scenic Lake Chuzenji (Circumference 25km, Water depth 163m). During Autumn, you can take some stunning pictures of the seasonal colors with the lake in the background. After arriving at a sightseeing spot in Nikko such as Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan Shrine and Nikkozan Rinnoji, you will be exploring the place on your own. ※Zhensho Yashason is put on view to the public at special venue in Nikkozan Rinnoji Sanbutsudo from 4th Feb.2022 to 3rd Feb.2023 which is held once every 9 years. -------------------- 【COVID-19 Safety Measures】 ・Safety screen installed between driver's seat and passengers' seats in vehicles. ・Vehicles regularly sanitized. ・Vehicles regularly ventilated for fresh air circulation. ・Regular temperature checks for all drivers. ・Drivers wears a face mask. ・Drivers regularly sanitize/wash hands. ・Drivers have a hand sanitiser for passengers.

Tokyo, Japan: Mobile WiFi - pick up in Shinjuku

9. Tokyo, Japan: Mobile WiFi - pick up in Shinjuku

Access the internet anytime, anywhere with 4G LTE mobile WiFi provided by NINJA WiFi. No longer will you have to worry about finding your way without access to maps or missing important updates from friends and family. We have everything covered with our secure, easy to use WiFi routers. You can connect up to 5 devices at once to each router. Whether you are coming to Japan for business and you need to connect multiple phones, computers and/or tablets, to the internet, or are travelling for pleasure with a group of friends or family who all want internet access, we have you covered. Pick it up at our counter located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It's just a 3 minute walk from nearby Higashi Shinjuku Station on the Toei Oedo Line or Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, and is near one of Tokyo's major city centers. We also offer many ways to return your device, such as by dropping it off at our counter in Shinjuku, Tokyo, or shipping it to us from anywhere in Japan. You can also drop it off at any of our counters in major Japanese airports: Narita (T1 & T2), Haneda (T3), Kansai (T1), Chubu (T1), Fukuoka (Intl), New Chitose (Intl+Domestic), Asahikawa (Domestic), Komatsu (Domestic) *If you wish to have a different return location, please contact info@ninjawifi.com as soon as possible. *As the Shinjuku Counter is only open on weekdays, those are the only days you can select for starting/ending your reservations, but we also accept extentions as long as you change your drop-off location. Contact the above email if you're interested. Mobile WiFi is a 21st century necessity that makes travelling much more fun and easy. We offer flexible plans from 5 days to 30 days, so you can choose what suits you best.

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What people are saying about Tochigi Prefecture

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 594 reviews

The tour was perfect, the Spanish-speaking guide Gabriel took us to the best places in Nikko, picking us up at the hotel, and guiding us to see the best places, since we wanted to take advantage of the day because we will be in Japan for a few days. He customized the tour based on what we wanted, contacting us before and also during the tour. 100% recommendable!!!

if you want to go to Nikko from Tokyo, it would be very convenient to just follow a tour like this. The guide do a good job in introducing the places and keeping time check

I enjoyed this immensely! Takes all the thinking out of travelling to some key tourist spots in Nikko. Waterfall was extremely beautiful.

Funny park with a lot of fun traditional shows inside. There are lots of mini games and food with just a few bucks extra.

A very nice trip. The guide was great and explained everything to us nicely! Recommended trip to Nikko.