How to get to Nasu-Shiobara

From Tokyo by shinkansen

Tokyo and Nasu-Shiobara Stations are connected by hourly trains along the JR Tohoku Shinkansen (75 minutes, about 5500 yen, fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR Tokyo Wide Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass).

From Nasu-Shiobara Station, hourly JR buses run to Shiobara Onsen (1 hour, 1170 yen, fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass but not by the other JR passes), while hourly Toya buses run to Nasu Onsen (not covered by any JR pass), where all stop at Nasu Yumoto (50 minutes, 1000 yen), and most continue on to the Nasu Ropeway (75 minutes, 1400 yen, April to November only).

From Tokyo by local train

The Nasu-Shiobara region can also be reached by frequent local or rapid trains along the JR Utsunomiya Line from Tokyo's Ueno Station. The one way trip takes around three hours, costs around 3000 yen and requires a transfer at Utsunomiya Station.

For Shiobara Onsen, get off at Nishi Nasuno Station where hourly JR buses depart for the town (45 minutes, 920 yen, fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass but not covered by the other JR passes). For Nasu Onsen, get off at Kuroiso Station and change to an hourly Toya bus for Nasu Onsen (not covered by any JR pass), where all buses stop at Nasu Yumoto (35 minutes, 820 yen), and most continue on to the Nasu Ropeway (1 hour, 1350 yen, April to November only).

From Tokyo by highway bus

JR Kanto Bus runs 3-4 daily highway buses between Tokyo's Shinjuku Station and Nasu Onsen. The one way trip takes about 3.5 hours and costs 3400 yen. A round trip ticket is available for 6070 yen.

Most of the highway buses also stop near Shiobara Onsen along the way. Get off at the Aguriparu Shiobara bus stop (アグリパル塩原, 3.5 hours, 3100 yen one way, 5550 yen round trip) from where local buses depart to the center of town (20 minutes, 590 yen, buses timed to the highway bus). Additionally, one of the highway buses goes all the way to central Shiobara Onsen on weekends and holidays.

From Nikko to Shiobara Onsen

There are hourly train connections between Nikko (Tobu-Nikko Station) and Kamimiyori Shiobaraonsenguchi Station (100 minutes, 1190 yen one way). One or two transfers of trains are required along the way. These trains are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass and only as far as Shin-Fujiwara Station by the Nikko Passes. From Kamimiyori Shiobaraonsenguchi Station, there are six buses per day to Shiobara Onsen (25 minutes, 200 yen one way).

From Aizu Wakamatsu to Shiobara Onsen

There are hourly train connections between Aizu-Wakamatsu and Kamimiyori Shiobaraonsenguchi Station (100-110 minutes, 2570 yen one way). Typically two transfers of trains are required along the way. These trains are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. From Kamimiyori Shiobaraonsenguchi Station, there are six buses per day to Shiobara Onsen (25 minutes, 200 yen one way).

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Orientation

Nasu-Shiobara Station is the transportation hub of the Nasu-Shiobara region with shinkansen connections to Tokyo and buses to Shiobara Onsen and Nasu Onsen. Most of the attractions lie along the respective bus lines, but some may be difficult to access without a car. A rental car is very convenient for visiting Nasu-Shiobara, and rental outlets can be found around Nasu-Shiobara Station.