Nikko is a popular day-trip destination from Tokyo, not only because of its proximity to the capital, but also because of its wealth of wonders. Blessed with bountiful nature, as well as a rich historical and cultural heritage, Nikko is a city preserved in time.
On this cycling tour, you’ll see Nikko from a well-rounded and refreshingly different perspective. Combining sightseeing and outdoor fun, as well as the popular and the underrated, this tour shows you everything that tourists visit Nikko for: culture, history, tradition, and nature.
Meet your tour group at Tobu Nikko Station. After some preparations and a briefing, set off on a journey around town! You’ll start cycling at Nishimachi, a relatively quiet old-school area that’s dotted with long-running shops and restaurants. From there, you’ll head to the popular World Heritage area, so called because Nikko’s UNESCO World Heritage sites are concentrated here. You’ll see the opulent Toshogu Shrine, with its iconic five-story pagoda and intricate carvings; part of Futarasan Shrine, famous for its crimson lacquered pavilion Shinkyo; and Rinnoji Temple, Nikko’s main Buddhist temple.
You’ll cycle along the Daiyagawa River, after which you’ll be treated to idyllic rural scenery. You’ll ride through the verdant Nikko Kaido Cedar Avenue, the world’s longest tree-lined road. Here, approximately 13,000 cedar trees planted in the Edo period (1603–1867) stand tall and proud to this day. Towering over those that tread this path, the trees lend a mystical air to the area.
This road is also historically significant, as it was at the crossroads of the Nikko Kaido, an ancient highway that was one of the main thoroughfares in the Edo period. You’ll learn about this gateway to Nikko, among other things, from your friendly guide.
After cycling through the woods, you’ll head for the tranquil countryside. Passing by rolling fields and rice paddies, you’ll see a quieter side of Nikko. Whether it’s cherry blossoms in spring, greenery in summer, or vivid red-and-orange leaves in autumn, you’re guaranteed breathtaking views no matter when you visit.
Finally, the cycling tour will come to a close at Kami-Imaichi Station, although you can arrange for free drop-off at Tobu Nikko Station. After recharging in the woodlands, head back to your accommodation with renewed vigor.
Join this tour to enjoy the historical city of Nikko in all its splendor!
Duration: 9.30am to 1pm
Nikko Cycling Day Tour
Adult: 15 years old and above
Child: 6 to 14 days
Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.
Meeting point: Tobu Nikko Station on the Tobu Nikko Line