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.

I wrote about all train access to Nikko in other post. Please refer the link below to learn more:

How to access to Nikko from Tokyo. There are three ways from Tokyo, Shinjuku and Asakusa

Change trains at Utsunomiya station

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. “Hayabusa” and “Hayate” do not stop at Utusnomiya station. Take “Yamabiko” or “Nasuno” to get Utsunomiya.

Take Nikko line train

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.

You may learn more about Utsunomiya station in the link below:

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

  1. Takeshi San,
    We are visiting Tokyo in May 2019. Planning to visit Nikko. We will be using the JR East Nagano Niigata Pass. Can we go to Utsonomiya by shinkansen and travel to Nikko by the JR Nikko train? Is the 2 connections covered by the pass?

  2. Hi, i would like to go to nikko from tokyo on the shinkassen train with jr pass.
    Tomorrow, 23 april 2019, for the day.
    I cant find the timetable. How should i go?
    Thanks
    Tali

  3. Hello
    My sister and I (elderly) arrive Haneda at 05:15 and plan to go to Nikko straight from Haneda. Reading your site (which is by far the most useful) I think we need to train into Tokyo Station first – is that correct. Your detailed advice would be sppreciated.

    1. Hi Dorothy,

      You have two ways.
      1. Haneda – Hamamatsucho – Tokyo – Utsunomiya – Nikko
      2. Haneda – Asakusa – Tobu Nikko

      If you take option 2, you can take Keikyu train from Haneda. Most of Keikyu train goes directly to Asakusa via subway line. And then take Tobu railway train. I recommend option 2 more than option 1.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    I have a jr east nagano niigata pass. I would like to visit nikko in the morning of 5/4/18 and then ashikaga in the afternoon. Can you give me the route and trains to take so that I will not incur additional cost. Thank you.

    Angelina

    1. Hi Angelina,

      The route is the following:

      Nikko (JR Nikko line) Utsunomiya (Shinkansen or JR Utsunomiya line) Oyama (JR Ryomo line) Ashikaga Flower Park

      Between Utsunomiya and Oyama, you can take either Shinkansen or Utsunomiya line. Shinkansen is faster but Utsunomiya line runs more frequently. It’s varied by your travel schedule. Please use hyperdia to find the timetable:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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