About 4 hours
From May until October
In Nikko, which flourished through the mountain beliefs, there are people who still practice Shugendō and mountain walks. These people may have been the first ones to practice trekking in Japan. Takigyo, meditation under waterfall, has been performed as a ceremony to cleanse ourselves with waterfalls since ancient times.
We will start the tour with a traditional mountain ritual and start hiking. Please enjoy the Japanese mountain hiking, where you can experience Zen meditation and waterfalls by walking about 2.5 km of route and 3 waterfalls.
＊Shugendō is an old Japanese practice of being outside using special awareness. ’Shugendō’ literally means ’the path of training and testing. ’ It centers on an ascetic, mountain-dwelling lifestyle and incorporates teachings from other eastern philosophies. Mountain asceticism involves worshipping mountains as Gods in the belief that people’s daily lives, the Gods and Buddha are all part of nature and that nature itself is one being.
From May until October
Meeting place and time
■ Departure time:
* Tobu Nikko Station at 10:30
We offer free pick up and drop off from your hotel or station within the Nikko central area (please contact us to arrange the time). Please make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the tour. We will start on time to protect the enjoyment of every guest.
(If you drive, a parking lot adjacent to Nikko Tobu station costs 500 yen per day)
■ Ending time:
* Tobu Nikko Station at 14:30
(Note that the ending time is approximate)
Around 4 hours
Approximately 2.5 km
Included in the tour
* Pick up
* English-speaking guide
* Small group tour
* Tumbler of water
* Traditional Shugendo clothing (that you will wear over your hiking wear)
Does not include
* Swimsuit (If you would like to experience the waterfall, you will need to wear a swimsuit under the traditional clothing. Please bring one for changing clothes)
Who can participate?
This tour is for everyone (but recommended for 12 years old and above).
Tour terms & conditions
All our tours are weather dependent, and may be subject to cancellations due to wind, snow, etc. We make our decisions based on many years of experience and always keeping in mind our passenger safety and comfort. In the case of cancellation, we will do our best to contact you by 7 pm on the previous day. However, the tours can be cancelled due to safety reasons or other natural conditions, with short notice. If a tour is cancelled due to weather condition the tour is refunded or you can book another day.
If you would prefer a private tour, or to customize this one to suit your requirements,
contact us for more details
A fee will be charged unless the tour is cancelled 8 or more days before the tour date. Please see below:
7 to 2 days prior to your scheduled tour date, 30% of the total amount will be charged.
1 day prior to your scheduled tour date, 50%
On your scheduled tour date or No show, 100%