Day trip

Tokyo: Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Waterfall Tour

4.2 / 5

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Activity provider: GORYO TRAVEL CO. LTD.
Day trip

Tokyo: Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Waterfall Tour

Activity provider: GORYO TRAVEL CO. LTD.

From US$ 95 per person

Visit Nikko Toshogu, one of the most important shrines in Japan and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, visit Kegon waterfall, which is known as one of the best waterfalls in Japan. Afterwards, you can choose your own adventure before your tour concludes.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Chinese, English


  • Visit the Nikko Toshogu Shrine
  • Visit the Kegon waterfall, one of the three famous waterfalls in Japan
  • Choose whether to walk along Lake Chuzenji or experience the Nikko Hot Spring
Full description
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.
  • Toshogu Shrine entrance ticket
  • Hot spring entrance ticket or Golden castella souvenir (for customers do not select the hot spring)
  • Tour guide
  • Pickup service (if private group option selected)
  • Lunch

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Meeting point

• Ground floor of Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, Shinjuku Nishiguchi Branch • The left-hand-side of the Shinjuku L Tower Starbuck • Nearest exit, JR West Exit or Metro West Gate • Tour leader will be holding a yellow flag "ONTABI" at the meeting point

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Please note no meal is included
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult, and it is one adult for one infant
  • Please note the itinerary may be adjusted in the event of a serious traffic jam
  • There are no showers on site
  • Tattoos are considered taboo in this area
  • Please use your "inside voice" whilst touring this peaceful region
  • Please note only one carry on bag is allowed and no huge luggage is allowed
  • If the weather is too bad and tour must be cancelled, you will be informed on or before 2:00 PM the day before
  • Please arrive the departure location 15 mins before the departure time. No waiting for anyone being late and the tour fee is not refundable
  • If the sightseeing spot is not normally operated, there may be a change in the itinerary and there won't be a refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 79 reviews

Review summary

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Very nice trip, a lot to see, enough time to explore Nikko. Interesting visit to temple complex and shrine. Thereafter some sight seeing and the waterfall. The Guide, Vicky, explained very well. The 'onsen', a Japanese bathing ritual, was a bit basic, but also a welcome moment in the day.

March 28, 2023

This was a very good tour, well organized and the tour guide (I think Vicky?) was very good. She gave ample information and made sure all our questions were answered. This was a small group of about 12 people, we traveled in a comfortable mini bus and our driver was excellent.

March 28, 2023

In this short tour I was able to visit the shrine, see the water fall, the beautiful lake, mountain and enjoyed a local onsen. The two rest stops were worth visiting as well because there were clean toilets (one had ikebana and origami display), nice restaurants and shops :) Every activity was well paced out I think. The tour guide was very patient and helpful. She came prepared with the map drawn by her and English explanation. She gave tips on where we had better spent more time at the shrine. The onsen experience was not really amazing. It's a very small local and indoors onsen. Overall, considering the price that I paid for and places that I have experienced within a day, all's good.

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March 28, 2023

Product ID: 205102