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How to go to Nikko by Shinkansen?

January 03, 2017

How to go to Nikko by Shinkansen?

Nikko, located in the northern Kanto, is a city in Tochigi prefecture.

It is a popular area for both Japanese and International tourists mainly because of Nikko Tosho-gu, the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu and Tokugawa Iemitsu.

Nikko Tosho-gu is a part of the Shrines and Temples of Nikko, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Nikko, including Nikko Tosho-gu, can be enjoyed by 1-day trip from Tokyo.

It can be accessed by train and bus.

There are 2 stations in Nikko, JR Nikko station and Tobu Nikko.

And from both stations, there are buses going to Nikko Tosho-gu.

It takes approximately 10 minutes from the both stations.


The fastest way to go to Nikko from Tokyo is to take Shinkansen and local JR train.

Here is a route:

1) Take Shinkansen from Tokyo to Utsunomiya

2) Take JR Nikko line from Utsunomiya to Nikko

In total, it takes approximately 2 hours (depending on departure time).

JR Nikko station 

For example, if you leave Tokyo at 8:28, you will arrive Nikko at 10:21.

1) Leave Tokyo at 8:28 >>> Arrive Utsunomiya at 9:21 (53 minutes)

2) Leave Utsunomiya at 9:32 >>> Arrive Nikko at 10:21 (49 minutes)


We have a train package which includes Shinkansen ticket from Tokyo to Utsunomiya and local train ticket from Utsunomiya to Nikko.

With this train package, you can go to Nikko from Tokyo by JR lines.



Seat guide

Shinkansen seats are available in four levels depending on the comfort and services your require.

Ordinary Seat

Regular seats used on Reserved cars and Unreserved cars of Shinkansen. Consider it as "economy class" seat.

Green Seat

Better seats with more space than ordinary seats. All Green Seats are reserved only. Consider it as "business class" seats.

Reserved Seat (Ordinary Reserved Seat)

Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Seats are the same as Ordinary Seat.

Green Reserved Seat

Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who values comfortable travel. Consider it as "business class" seats.

GranClass Seat

Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines. Gran Class seats comes with airline-like amenities and meals.The most expensive of all.

Unreserved Seat

You can take any open seats in unreserved cars of any train on the departure date. (No departure time will be indicated on your tickets.)
The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.



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