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Tobu Railway offers various rail passes for visiting Nikko from Tokyo. All of them include a round trip to Nikko and unlimited travel in a given "free area":

Passes for foreigners only

The Nikko City Area Pass includes the round trip from Tokyo and unlimited travel on buses in central Nikko and on trains between Nikko and the Kinugawa Onsen area. The pass is valid on two consecutive days.

The Nikko All Area Pass includes the round trip from Tokyo and unlimited travel on buses between Nikko and Okunikko and on trains between Nikko and the Kinugawa Onsen area. The pass is valid on four consecutive days.

The Theme Park & Nikko City Area Pass includes the round trip from Tokyo and unlimited travel on trains between Nikko and the Kinugawa Onsen area, as well as buses to the theme parks. Admission to Edo Wonderland (Nikko Edomura) and Tobu World Square are included. The pass is valid on two consecutive days. There are also passes that include admission to just one of the two theme parks.

Tobu Free Passes
(for use from Tokyo's Asakusa Station)
 
April to November
December to March
Nikko City Area Pass
2,670 yen
Nikko All Area Pass
4,520 yen
4,150 yen
Theme Park & Nikko City Area Pass
8,010 yen
    Tobu World Square & Nikko City Area Pass
4,710 yen
    Edo Wonderland & Nikko City Area Pass
6,610 yen
Reduced rates (50% off) apply for children aged 6-11.

Passes for everybody

The Marugoto Nikko Free Pass includes the round trip from Tokyo and unlimited travel on buses from central Nikko to Okunikko. The pass is valid on four consecutive days.

The Marugoto Nikko Kinugawa Free Pass includes the round trip from Tokyo and unlimited travel on trains between Nikko and the Kinugawa and Yunishigawa area and on buses from central Nikko to Okunikko and in the Kinugawa and Yunishigawa area. The pass is valid on four consecutive days.

Tobu Free Passes
(for use from Tokyo's Asakusa Station)
 
April to November
December to March
Marugoto Nikko Free Pass
4,520 yen
4,150 yen
Marugoto Nikko Kinugawa Free Pass
6,150 yen
5,630 yen
Reduced rates (50% off) apply for children aged 6-11.

The maps below show the trains and buses to be used with the respective free passes:

Validity

Round trip

  1. The round trip has to be done by Tobu Railway along the Skytree/Nikko Line. Tobu's main station in Tokyo is Asakusa Station. The pass is not valid on trains to/from Shinjuku Station.
  2. The round trip is fully covered when done by express and local trains as opposed to the faster limited express trains. If using a limited express train, the limited express fee has to be paid separately (about 1000 yen one way).
  3. It is not possible to get off at stations between your departure station and the free area, except at Tokyo Skytree Station and Tochigi Station.
  4. The pass can only be used by non-Japanese people, including foreign residents of Japan.

Free Area

Nikko City Area Pass:
Unlimited use of Tobu buses from Nikko Station to the shrines and temples in central Nikko. Unlimited use of non-express Tobu trains between Nikko, Shimo-Imaichi and Shin-Fujiwara.

Nikko All Area Pass:
Unlimited use of Tobu buses from Nikko Station to Lake Chuzenji, Yumoto Onsen and the Kirifuri Heights. Unlimited use of non-express Tobu trains between Nikko, Shimo-Imaichi and Shin-Fujiwara.

Theme Park & Nikko City Area Pass:
Unlimited use of non-express Tobu trains between Nikko, Shimo-Imaichi and Shin-Fujiwara. Unlimited use of Tobu buses from Kinugawa Onsen Station to Nikko Edomura and Tobu World Square.

Marugoto Nikko Free Pass:
Unlimited use of Tobu buses from Nikko Station to Lake Chuzenji, Yumoto Onsen and the Kirifuri Heights. Unlimited use of non-express Tobu trains between Nikko and Shimo-Imaichi.

Marugoto Nikko Kinugawa Free Pass:
Unlimited use of non-express Tobu trains between Nikko, Shimo-Imaichi and Yunishigawa Onsen Stations. Unlimited use of Tobu buses from Nikko Station to Lake Chuzenji, Yumoto Onsen and the Kirifuri Heights, and from Kinugawa Onsen to theme parks and to Yunishigawa Onsen.

Period of Validity

The passes are valid on up to four consecutive calendar days except the Nikko City Area Pass and Theme Park & Nikko City Area Pass which are valid on up to two consecutive calendar days.

Other Conditions

Theme Park & Nikko City Area Pass:
Includes admission to Edo Wonderland (Nikko Edomura) and Tobu World Square.

Tobu World Square & Nikko City Area Pass:
Includes admission to Tobu World Square.

Edo Wonderland & Nikko City Area Pass:
Includes admission to Edo Wonderland (Nikko Edomura).

All passes:
Discounts at selected tourist facilities, restaurants and shops.

Points of Sale

The passes for exclusive use by foreigners are available at:

The other passes can be bought at most Tobu railway stations for use from that station.

Assessment

The Nikko City Area Pass costs 50 yen less than regular tickets for a round trip between Asakusa and Tobu-Nikko. In addition, it covers use of buses in central Nikko and trains between Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen, making it a worthwhile pass to consider for those not visiting the Okunikko region.

The Nikko All Area Pass is a good offer if you also plan to visit the Okunikko region around Lake Chuzenji and Yumoto Onsen, as it comes cheaper than paying separately for train and buses. The pass is of even better value, if you also visit Kinugawa Onsen.

The Theme Park & Nikko City Area Pass provides considerable discounts over purchasing regular train tickets and park admission fees.

Hotels around Nikko

Recommended Hotels
Chuzenjiko Kanaya Hotel
Upscale mountain lodge style hotel in rustic log cabin buildings set in the forest.
Book:
Agoda Japanican Booking
Nikko Kanaya Hotel
This historic hotel was one of the first Western style hotels in Japan. It is conveniently located across the street from the temples and shrines of Nikko.
Book:
Agoda Japanican Booking
Turtle Inn Nikko
Inexpensive inn popular among foreign tourists, conveniently located 15 minutes walk from Nikko's temples and shrines.
Book:
Agoda Booking

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: November 21, 2016