How to access to Nikko. Learn about how to get Nikko by Japan Rail Pass with no extra charge.

Nikko Toshogu shrine is one of the highlights in Nikko.
Nikko Toshogu shrine is one of the highlights in Nikko.

Nikko (日光) is very popular destination for the tourist from the foreign countries because it is World Heritage site. You can see lots of very historical temples and shrines.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.
Take Tohoku Shinkanse from Tokyo or Ueno to Utsunomiya.
Take Tohoku Shinkanse from Tokyo or Ueno to Utsunomiya.

You can get Nikko by Japan Rail Pass. If you access there from Tokyo, take Tohoku Shinkansen to get Utsunomiya. “Hayate” does not stop at Utusnomiya station. Take “Yamabiko” or “Nasuno” to get Utsunomiya.

You need to take the local train on Nikko line.
You need to take the local train on Nikko line.

You will transfer to Nikko line at Utsunomiya station. After you get off Shinkansen, move to platform #5. Mostly the train to Nikko depart there. Nikko is the last station. It takes about 40 minutes from Utsunomiya to Nikko.

If you need more info about transfer at Utsunonmiya, please see the post, Utsunomiya station guide. How to transfer to Nikko train.

This is the typical interior of the local train.
This is the typical interior of the local train.

Nikko line is used for not sightseeing but commuting. We do not have the luxury express train. You need to get the local train. And also these trains are not operated very often. We have 24 round trips a day. We mostly have once train a hour. Please check the time table before you go.


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27 thoughts on “How to access to Nikko. Learn about how to get Nikko by Japan Rail Pass with no extra charge.”

  1. Hi, thank you for providing good information. Really helps us tourists a lot. I wonder if it is worthwhile for me to get the 7 days JR nationwide pass if I am going to stay in :-
    Tokyo for 4 days then travel to Kyoto for 5 and then back to Tokyo for 2 days before departing at Narita. I would like to take a day trip from Tokyo to Nikko and also day trips from Kyoto to Nara and Miyajima .

    I would appreciate your advice please.

    Thank you.

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  • Please do not ask me to make your itinerary. Because I am not your personal travel agent. I am very happy to check your itinerary. But please try to make the plan by yourself. In this website, there are lots of resources to make your plan.
  • If you want to ask me which pass suits your plan, please tell me your detailed itinerary and location to stay. I cannot choose any deals without the detailed itinerary because I have to compare the total single fare and deals

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