Best of Edo: Nikko National Park and Edo Day Trip

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Best of Edo: Nikko National Park and Edo Day Trip

Excursion Overview

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 Heritage site to admire the gorgeous Nikko Toshogu Shrine, burial place of the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa government. From there, head to Edo Wonderland, an amusement park where ninjas, samurais and geishas roam the Edo period village and perform theatrical shows that give you a glimpse into Tokugawa-ruled Japan.

Tour Includes

  • Entrance fees
  • Shuttle bus from Fujiya Kanko Center to Edo Wonderland
  • Entrance fee for Edo Wonderland
  • Local bus ticket from Edo Wonderland to Kinugawa Onsen Station
  • Accompanied by an English-speaking guide from tour pickup through the end of the visit at Toshogu Shrine

Tour Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)

What You Can Expect

After pickup from your hotel for the 9am bus to Nikko, begin your day with a guided tour of the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the mausoleum of the first Tokugawa shogun. Follow your knowledgable guide through the gorgeous complex of more than a dozen Shinto and Buddhist buildings superbly decorated by 17th-century Japanese artisans. Look for the carving of the three wise monkeys that illustrates ‘hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil’ – the saying originated here!

Other highlights include the Yomeimon Gate, the five-storied pagoda, and an ornate karomon gate (an architectural feature symbolizing authority). The entire complex is part of the Shrines and Temples of Nikko, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It lies within scenic Nikko National Park, known for its natural beauty and wild monkeys.

Bid farewell to your guide after your tour of Toshogu Shrine and continue on your own for lunch (own expense) in Nikko before taking Edo Wonderland's complimentary shuttle to the historical amusement park. Travel back in time to the Edo period (1603-1868) as you walk through Edo Wonderland’s streets, designed to resemble Tokyo in the 17th century. Pass by samurais, ninjas and geishas and join the fun by renting period costumes, or simply snap photos with the costumed actors. Six theaters feature performances of traditional Kabuki theater, ninja and samurai demonstrations, and shadow picture shows – a precursor to today’s popular Japanese anime.

After a couple of hours at Edo Wonderland, return to Tokyo by bus and train following the clear instructions provided to you.

Additional Important Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • This tour will depart regardless of weather or traffic conditions, unless you are notified otherwise by the local operator. Viator and your local tour operator will not be responsible for necessary itinerary changes due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Tour guide will accompany the group from bus pickup through the end of the visit at Toshogu Shrine. The remaining part of the tour is self-guided; you will take the local bus from Edo Wonderland to Kinugawa Onsen Station and take the train back to Tobu Asakusa Station in Tokyo
  • Yomeimon Gate may be obscured due to repair activity

Voucher information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Products standard cancellable

Products with Viator standard terms and conditions are fully refundable, without charge, up to 48 hours prior to travel, based on the time/date of the Product Location.

Departure point

Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal or Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Departure time

8:15am from Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo9:00am from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal

Return Details

Tour concludes at Tobu Asakusa Station at approximately 9:00pm

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