Nikko Station Area

Nikko Station Area

Nikko Station and the adjacent Tobu-Nikko Station are the primary transport hubs from where visitors can explore the region’s many attractions, including its World Heritage shrine and temple complex. The stations sit at the centre of the small town of Nikko and within walking distance – taking approximately 20 minutes – of the shrines and temples. Frequent bus services and taxis are also available to transport you to the shrines and temples, a journey of less than 5 minutes.

The town area offers a good range of accommodation, from historic and high-end hotels to smaller family-run guesthouses and budget options. Most restaurants in this area are only open during the day, with many closing around 18:00. For that reason it’s always a good option to choose accommodation including both dinner and breakfast.


If you’re only in Nikko for one night and your main interest is visiting the World Heritage-listed shrines and temples, then staying in this area will be the most convenient option. For more information what’s on offer in Nikko, see our ’20 Things to Do Around Nikko & Where to Stay’ page.


There are multiple ways to get to Nikko Station. The fastest and most convenient option is to use the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Utsunomiya Station, and then transfer to the local JR Nikko Line to reach JR Nikko Station. With a good connection at Utsunomiya, the journey takes around 110-minutes and costs between JPY5000 to JPY6000 one-way (depending on the type of seat you want on the shinkansen). Alternatively, you can make the journey using the Tobu Railway from the Tobu Asakusa Station in Tokyo, to Nikko-Tobu Station (which is adjacent to JR Nikko Station. It takes around 2 hours / JPY2900 one-way and noting that you will need to transfer trains at Shimo-Imaichi Station


Nikko Station Area