7 Reasons To Join Nikko Day Tour from Tokyo
When we meet our friends, we always talk about travel. As we travel to Japan often, some of our friends felt that Tokyo is just another city in Japan. We travelled to Tokyo three times and recently, we did day tours from Tokyo to places like Mount Fuji and Nikko. It is always ideal to stay one night or two in places like Mount Fuji or Nikko but most of us didn’t have the luxury of time to do so hence day tour is the best option.
1.The Convenience of Nikko Day Tour from Tokyo
Traveling in Japan is easy, you can always use Google Map but the problem is the time and language. The Nikko Day Tour from Tokyo covers Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Falls and Nikko Onsen. If you would travel to four places like the day tour, the traveling will exhaust you and not forgetting that you might need more than a day traveling except you do self drive.
2.KKday Signature Tour
For our Nikko Day tour from Tokyo, we purchased it at KKday.com. KKday is a discount travel platform from Taiwan. The Nikko Day Tour from Tokyo is KKday’s Signature Tour. This means they own the tour company instead of using third party travel company. This means it is more reliable as you will be dealing direct with KKday instead of third party travel agency.
We heard complains of missing the meeting point and can’t contact to the tour company as other travel platforms are using 3rd party travel agency but for KKday Signature Tour, you deal direct.
3. Multi Language Speaking Tour Leader
For Nikko Day Tour from Tokyo, they offer Chinese and English multilanguage tour leader. The tour leader will explain each and every destination so you have more understanding of the history of the places.
4. Comfortable Bus
We have joined a few day tours with Kkday and they offer different types of busses. All the busses are huge and comfortable so you can sit down, relax and enjoy the scenery. Some busses offer USB power point while some busses don’t but in general the seats are clean and comfortable.
5. Flexible Itinerary
What we understand that it is flexible itinerary and that means you will complete all the destinations but they will choose the best for us. In most cases, there are accidents on the highway so the tour bus will divert to other destination first. For example, the itinerary stated Lake Chuzenji as the last stop but due to traffic jam, we started off with Lake Chuzenji. The flexibility of the itinerary will give us more time to visit the places of attraction rather than stuck in the jam.
6. The Places Of Interest: Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Falls and Nikko Onsen
The first stop is Lake Chuzenji and it is a huge lake located in Nikko National Park in Tochigi Prefecture. The Lake Chuzenji is created 20,000 years ago when Mount Nantai erupted and blocked the river.
The lake surface area is 11.62 square km with a circumference of 25km and the Chuzenji Shrine is located here too. At the background you can find two mountains and they are Mount Nantai and Mount Nikko Shirane.
The Lake Chuzenji is located on top on the mountain so we need to go thru the Kurokami Daira Route. The Kurokami Daira Route has 48 turns include many hairpins. This is actual route of Initial D’s Team Emperor homeground so it is quite an experience to drive through the 48 turns.
We went there during winter and the weather was freezing. We couldn’t feel our hands as it started snowing. We didn’t expect the weather was so cold so we didn’t manage to take many photos. The feeling being here with the weather is overwhelming. The excitement and the scenic view of the lake, this Nikko Day tour from Tokyo is worth it.
Kegon Falls is located near Lake Chuzenji and it takes a short ride from the lake to the falls. You can listen to the sound of the waterfalls from far and when you walk near to the falls, you will be awed.
There is a platform where you can see the 97 meter high waterfall from far and if you want a closer encounter, there is another platform at the bottom of the waterfall.
You need to pay ¥570 for adults per trip and ¥340 for children. It is worth it! We paid ¥1140 and took the elevator down to bottom of the waterfall and you get a closer view of the Kegon Falls.
Words cannot express the feeling and emotions and the atmosphere here at Kegon Falls. The waterfalls are breathtaking and every single photo you take here is simply beautiful and magical. This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls we visited in Asia.
There is a souvenir shop and food stalls here at Kegon Falls and we had our quick lunch here. Lunch is not part of the Kkday tour package.
This is the highlight of the Nikko Day tour from Tokyo. The Toshogu Shrine together with Futarasan Shrine and Rinno-ji forms the Shrines and Temples of Nikko UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes 42 structures of the shrine.
The Toshogu Shrine is the final resting place of Japan’s first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Stroll through 55 temples that blend elements of both Shinto and Buddhism religion.
You must walk around to discover things like the famous Three Wise Monkeys sculpture and the ornate Yomeimon Gate.
The five storey pagoda was built in 1650 but burnt down and rebuilt in 1818 and each storey represents an element–earth, water, fire, wind and aether (or void)–in ascending order. Inside the pagoda, a central shinbashira pillar hangs from chainsto minimize damage from earthquakes.
At the side of the shrine, there are stone steps and Torii that leads to Leyasu’s tomb. It is on top of the hill behind of the shrine, expect to climb over 100 steps to reach to the tomb. There is a A torii at the top bears calligraphy attributed to Emperor Go-Mizunoo. A bronze urn contains the remains of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
The last stop is the Nikko Onsen. It is a typical public hot spring (onsen) and you have to pay for the locker usage and remember to bring your own towels. Remember you must be fully naked to enter the hot spring area as swimwear is not allowed. You have the option not to enter the hot spring and chill at the lounge area.
7. Value For Money
The Nikko Day Tour from Tokyo is value for money. The price is different depending on season but on average, it is still value for money. For that price, you have covered many places that you never been and the experience is priceless.
Book the Nikko Day Tour from KKday at https://www.kkday.com/en/product/12060?cid=8500 and make sure you book on the right date and get to the waiting point early! Enjoy Nikko Day Tour from Tokyo by KKday Signature.