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    Nikko passes

    by shavy Updated Dec 14, 2014

    Before coming to Japan we were already planning to visit Nikko. This is one of UNESCO HERITAGE in Japan, we were searching some information on this, but we got to the site of visitor pass. Is a 2670 Yen per person is not really cheap, but well worth the price. We reserve a ticket online before this trip and after filling up the form submitted and payment done etc. you will receive a confirmation mail and this mail must be printed out and keep it with you. We that letter we went to the station in Asakusa to pick up our train ticket

    Staff at the station were very helpful they explain everything how to used the ticket, you also receive a complete map and information of the whole areas in Nikko. With the pass, you can take the Tobu train from Tokyo to NIkko. This train leaves at Asakusa station. This is not the ordinary train, the train runs faster than regular train. The train called 'Spacia Kegon train' I compare this train like we have in Brussels to Paris such as the TGV and THALYS

    Is very comfortable train with luggage rack more space leg and for the convenient of passengers food and drinks are available in the train. There was a woman she stroll over and over again selling food and drinks. The train ride takes two hour to Nikko the train made a few stops to pick- up passengers. Is an enjoyable journey where you also enjoy the sights on the way

    The passes include the bus ride to Heritage area, you can hop on hop off with the bus as much as you can. As long you stay in the Unesco area!!! There were different passes if you look to Tobu website. We took the two day pass because we were intended to stay overnight in Nikko.

    During the reservation online you will have to choose the departure time, we took an early train from Tokyo so, we can do a lot in Nikko. We have seen the Heritage town in one day we've done a lot of walking and is well worth to do it. Our return train was supposed to be at noon at 12 pm, we have nothing to do anymore in Nikko as we have done all the sightseeing one day. We like to go back early to Tokyo

    But with Spacia Kegon train, the timetable in your ticket is not changeable or must pay extra if you do want to change the time in your ticket. The good thing is: with this ticket you can take the regular train. So, we took the early slower train back to Tokyo it'll take more than two hour because stops every station, and we are back earlier than our time expections

    They have three different passes to Nikko. All three passes are for international travelers only. You must keep your pass, do not lost it. They will check the pass for entering the station and coming back. So it is very important to have this card with you. At the bus in Nikko during the tour the driver will ask it. If you haven't your card with you the driver will ask you to pay the bus ride. As long you have the Nikko pass you have the privelage to hop on hop off the bus inside the route of UNESCO HERITAGE SITE

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    Getting to Nikko

    by toonsarah Written Jan 15, 2014

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    We travelled to Nikko by train from Tokyo's huge Shinjuku Station. Our journey involved two trains (although there a very few direct services if you prefer not to have to change). Firstly we took a Limited Express service to Shimo Imaichi, which took an hour and 45 minutes. There we had just a couple of minutes to transfer to the local Tōbu Nikko line for the short (eight minute) ride to Tōbu Nikko, one of two stations in the town. Luckily we only had to cross the platform so the short time here was no problem.

    For our return to Tokyo a couple of days later Inside Japan had booked us on an afternoon train. But when we saw that bad weather was forecast we decided it would be better to spend our last day I Japan in the city where there were more options for indoor activities. We went to the station the day before and enquired in the ticket office, and were able to change our tickets and seat reservations without any problem – apparently you are allowed one free alteration, which is very helpful. Again we travelled via Shimo Imaichi to Shinjuku.

    You can also travel between Asakusa in Tokyo and Nikko on the direct Tōbu line, but as we were staying in Shinjuku before and after this side trip, that was less convenient for us. It does however make a day trip to Nikko more practical if that is all you can manage (but you really should try to fit in an overnight stay if possible!)

    Note that there are, confusingly, two stations in Nikko just a few minutes’ walk apart. We used Tōbu Nikko for both our arrival and departure. The other is the JR station just down the road, which is served by JR trains from Tokyo and Ueno stations, changing at Utsunomiya. This costs more than the Tōbu line but is worth considering if you have a JR Pass (ours had expired by this point in our travels).

    On arriving in Nikko we took a taxi to our accommodation at the Turtle Inn Annexe, as this is rather on the outskirts of the town.

    From the train On the train Train to Shimo Imaichi Local train at Tobu Nikko Tobu Nikko Station
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    Buses to Oku-Nikko

    by Rabbityama Written Mar 2, 2013

    Oku-Nikko has many worthwhile sites, but there are no train stations in the area, so the best way to get there is to take a bus.

    Tobu Bus operates from Tobu-Nikko Station and JR Nikko Station to:
    -Chuzenjionsen (home to Chuzenji Lake, Chuzenji Temple, Chuzenji Onsen, and Kegon Falls)
    -Ryuzunotaki (Ryuzu Falls)
    -Akinuma and Senbonmatsu (Senjogahara Marsh)
    -Yutaki Iriguchi (Yutaki Falls, Senjogahara Marsh)
    -Yumoto Onsen (Yumoto Onsen)

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    Getting to Nikko

    by Rabbityama Written Dec 29, 2012

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    Nikko is served by both JR and Tobu Railways.

    For most people, Tobu Railways is the most useful and cost-effective. The World Heritage Sites are accessible from Tobu-Nikko Station. Some trains go directly there, but you can also transfer at Shimo-Ichi Station. Tobu Railways also serves the Kinugawa Onsen area.

    Here are some of the Tobu Railway stations with nearby attractions:
    -Tobu-Nikko Station: Toshogu Shrine, Rinnoji Temple, Futarasan Shrine, Shinkyo Bridge, Tamozawa Villa, Botanical Garden, Kanmangafuchi Abyss (By bus, the sites in Oku-Nikko can also be reached from here)
    -Kosagoe Station: Tobu World Square
    -Kinugawa-Onsen Station: Kinugawa River Cruise Port (By bus, you can reach Nikko Edomura, Grand Maze Palladium, and Takehisa Yumeji Art Museum)
    -Kinugawa-Koen Station: Nikko Doll Museum

    JR Railways has connections to Nikko via Utsunomiya. Nikko Station is located near Tobu-Nikko Station, so you can access all of the sites listed above under Tobu-Nikko from JR's Nikko Station, as well. Most travelers from Tokyo will find Tobu Railways to be better (cheaper and less time-consuming) than JR unless you have a JR Pass or the Seishun 18 ticket.

    Train at Tobu-Nikko Station
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    Nikko from Tokyo - the Alternative to JR

    by Maria81 Written Aug 18, 2012

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    If you don't have a Japan Rail pass and you're staying in the Asakusa area of Tokyo, you may also take the Tobu railways direct train from Asakusa station to Nikko. At 1hr and 40 minutes, time is pretty much comparable to the JR train combination of Shinkansen and Nikko line, but it is a cheaper option for those without the pass.

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    Nikko from Tokyo - The JR Way

    by Maria81 Written Aug 18, 2012

    For those with a Japan Rail pass, there is no free direct route between Tokyo and Nikko. That said, as the first half of the trip is on a Shinkansen train, it works out similar in time as a direct train on private railway.

    From Tokyo station, catch a Tohoku Shinkansen to Utsunomiya station, which will take you about 45 minutes. Schedules may change, but as of August 2012 there were hourly trains leaving at 9.40, 10.40, 11.40 and so on (check the excellent Hyperdia website for updated schedule).

    At Utsunomiya, you will have about 10 minutes to change to the JR Nikko line which will get you to Nikko in about 45 minutes as well. Nikko line departs from track 5. Shinkansen is met by staff from Nikko tourist office (at least during the high season) so that is also your chance of scoring a free excellent map of central Nikko and a guide listing main sights and their opening times. 

    With the pass there is no additional charge to pay.

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    Tobu World Heritage Pass

    by lotharscheer Updated Mar 9, 2012

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    The Tobu World Heritage Pass seems to be the cheapest way to go there. 3600 Yen for a return trip from Tobu Asakusa Station valid 2 day's including the bus to the tempels, and the entrance fee for Rinno-ji (under renovation at the moments), Toshu-gu, Futarasan-jinja and Taiyuin-byo.
    Buy the pass at groundfloor of the Tobu Asakusastation.
    The train ticket by itself is 1320 Yen each way, the bus 250 Yen each way and the combined entrance fee is 1000 Yen (the ticket for Toshu-gu is 1350 Yen if bought alone). The Seishun18kippu ticket from JR would be 2300 Yen per day in a 5 day pack unlimited travel on very slow trains in vacation times only. It is a quite interresting ticket but in the case of Nikko only if you walk and avoid paying the entrance fees.

    Nikkō Tōshō-gū Nikkō Tōshō-gū Taiyuin-byo Nikkō Tōshō-gū Taiyuin-byo
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    Tobu Travel Tokusen No Tabi "Kinugawa Yu-yu Plan"

    by shi612 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Tobu Travel Tokusen No Tabi "Kinugawa Yu-yu Plan" is a package of Tobu Railway express train from Tokyo and a hotel accommodation in Kinugawa Onsen, sold by Tobu Travel.

    This includes: 1) Roundtrip by a limited express train from Asakusa, Tokyo, to Kinugawa Onsen with free train rides in Kinugawa and Nikko area, and 2) accommodation at a hotel in Kinugawa Onsen with some benefits such as free use of karaoke room and ping-pong room, etc.

    The price ranges from 13,500 yen to 25,600 yen per person depending of season, week of day and number of people per room. We used this plan from Wednesday through Thursday in mid September, before the autumn foliage, by two persons. The price was 16,100 yen for one person.

    If you want to go to Nikko / Kinugawa area by train and enjoy onsen, this is a very good plan.

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    Getting to Nikko via JR

    by salisbury3933 Written Oct 22, 2010

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    For JR pass holders travelling to Nikko from Tokyo, the best way to get to Nikko is to get the Shinkansen as far as Utsunomiya, and then transfer to the Nikko line from there.

    Utsunomiya is around 50 minutes from Tokyo by Shinkansen, and Nikko is a further 40 minutes from Utsunomiya on the Nikko line.

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    This is the way to go !!!!

    by jlanza29 Updated May 6, 2010

    The way to get to Nikko is by train from Tokyo. We bought a World Heritage Pass for 3600 YEN that included the return train ride to Nikko on the TOBU line and all the admission prices to all the sites. This pass also included the World Heritage Bus that takes you all the sites also. We bought the pass at the Tourist Information Center at Tokyo Station. The ride is about 2 1/2 hrs from the Asakusa station in Northern Tokyo. Once at Nikko all you have to do is cross the street and jump on the World Heritage Bus and take a ride to the sites. Once at the site you present your ticket at any of the 5 sites included and they exchange this for the individual ticket sites. 5 sites are included ... All the major sites in Nikko .. The Rinno-Ji Temple, Tosho-gu Shrine, Taiyuin-byo Shrine, Futara-san Shrine, and the Honji-do building. Take a good travel book with you because little signage is available, so you can read what you are seeing.

    On the train ride to Nikko
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    18 kippu from Tokyo

    by bebejepang Written Aug 11, 2008

    Seishun 18 kippu can be available only in spring, summer and winter holiday. Cost 2300 yen for 1 day trip using local JR train.
    I use the ticket, from Tokyo station (6.50) to Nikko (9.54) via Utsunomiya. You can search the schedule by yourself.

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    Tobu railway to Nikko

    by aukahkay Written Apr 15, 2008

    To get the best out of your trip to Nikko and surrounding area, I would recommend the All Nikko Pass. It is a pass that is valid for 4 days and includes a round-trip train ride from Tokyo Asakusa Tobu Station to Tobu Nikko Station. It also includes all forms of transportation on the Tobu Bus within Nikko, Lake Chuzenji, Yumoto Onsen and Kinugawa Onsen area. You can reserve your All Nikko Pass online one month before your intended date of travel including reserving your seats on the Spacia Limited Express train.

    Tobu Nikko Station
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    Tobu Free Pass

    by mim95 Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    The Tobu train company offers a varieties of train and bus passes that take you from Tokyo (Asakusa) to Nikko and the area beyond. It really is a good deal if you are spending at least a couple of days there. There is so muuh to see in that area, with lots of outdoor activities. With the pass, you can board a Tobu bus and stop anywhere you like. The ride up to Yumoto Onsen, for example, is already over 1000 yen.

    Make sure you get into the right car in Asakusa station, with the destination "Nikko" clearly indicated on the side of the train, as well as inside. As they take some cars out beyond a certain point.

    If you are planning for a same day return trip, you can buy the one-way ticket, at the station. Or get discounted ticket from the discounted ticket shops. There is a few in front of Shinjuku station.

    Tobu train Nikko-Tokyo Inside the Tobu train Nikko-Tokyo Beautiful rice fields along the railway Tobu bus
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    Tokyo to Nikko

    by SLLiew Written Sep 12, 2006

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    Took the special express train (1 hour 45 minutes) from Asakusa station, via Utsunomiya to Nikko using Tobu line. Get a bento to eat in the train.

    Alternatively, you can take a day bus tour from Tokyo.

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    SPACIA - Express Train from Asakusa, Tokyo

    by shi612 Written Sep 22, 2005

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    The easist way to get to Nikko from Tokyo is an express train of Tobu Railway, named SPACIA. Though the train is narrow gauge despite its name, the seats are comfortable.
    SPACIA is a generic name for limited express trains of Tobu. Actual trains are named Kegon or Kinu depending on its destination.
    Fare: From Asakusa to Nikko, 1320 yen (transportation fare) + 1300 yen (express fare). Express far is 1400 yen on weekends and 1000 yen at night. A compartment for 4 adults costs extra 3000 yen (3600 yen for weekends).

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