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Best way to travel from Tokyo to Nikko

Chicago, Illinois
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Best way to travel from Tokyo to Nikko

There are five of us traveling. What is the best way to travel from from Tokyo to Nikko? We will need round trip transportation. We will be staying in Nikko for two days. Should we purchase the tickets in advance? How do we purchase tickets?

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1. Re: Best way to travel from Tokyo to Nikko

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3805.html

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2. Re: Best way to travel from Tokyo to Nikko

What is your Tokyo hotel, and after Nikko, are you returning to that hotel? Would help to know that for routing. Also could also allow you to travel light to Nikko.

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3. Re: Best way to travel from Tokyo to Nikko

What is best depends on where you would be in the large Tokyo city, whether you have a pass or not, and what you intend to do in the wide Nikko area.

Edited: 14 May 2018, 08:38
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4. Re: Best way to travel from Tokyo to Nikko

Which pass you have planned to used is also a factor.

In general,

If you have Japan Rail Pass, Shinkansen+JR Nikko Line

If you have JR East Pass (either one),

addtionally you can consider JR-Tobu through express from Shinjuku

If you do not have JR PASS, very probably straight to Tobu Limited Express from Asakusa or Kita-Senju

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5. Re: Best way to travel from Tokyo to Nikko

If the rest of your trip focuses on Tokyo only, then get a pass from Tobu:

http://www.tobu.co.jp/foreign/en/pass/

If you will be heading to Kawaguchiko or Karuizawa, then get the Tokyo Wide Pass:

https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/tokyowidepass/

If your itinerary calls for travel beyond Tokyo plus the above, then you need to post your entire itinerary to determine which pass pays off.

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6. Re: Best way to travel from Tokyo to Nikko

suggest travelling by express bus, without worrying about taking transits or carrying luggage around.

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7. Re: Best way to travel from Tokyo to Nikko

From Tokyo to Nikko, a bus is not recommended. It takes 90 minutes extra.

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8. Re: Best way to travel from Tokyo to Nikko

the fastest way is by shinkansen, but it takes 2hrs, costs more than 5000 per person for a non-reserved seat.

it takes 3 hrs by bus, costs half price of shinkansen, but with a reserved seat. It depends on how you weigh between time and money.

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9. Re: Best way to travel from Tokyo to Nikko

You don't have to use Shinkansen. Use one of the Tobu passes and it doesn't cost that much. See the link I posted in #5.

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