Getting to Kinugawa Onsen

Kinugawa Onsen is located about 130 kilometers north of Tokyo and about 30 minutes away from Nikko by train. It is connected with Tokyo and Nikko by Tobu Railway:

By Tobu Railway from Asakusa Station
  • 0-1 transfers
  • 2-3 h
  • ¥ 1580 - 3000

The Tobu terminal station in Tokyo for trains to Kinugawa Onsen is Tobu Asakusa Station, which can be accessed by subway (Ginza and Asakusa lines). Travelers have the choice of fast and expensive limited express trains or slower but cheaper express and local trains.

There are one or two limited express trains per hour between Asakusa and Kinugawa Onsen, which take about two hours and cost around 2500-3000 yen one way. Some connections require a transfer at Shimo-Imaichi Station. By express and local trains, the one way journey costs only 1580 yen, but takes at least half an hour longer and requires one to three transfers of trains along the way.

Tobu offers various passes, which include the round trip from Tokyo to Kinugawa Onsen as well as unlimited use of trains between Kinugawa Onsen and Nikko and buses in the Kinugawa Onsen area. Note that the passes do not cover the supplement fee required on limited express trains (around 1000 yen one way). The Japan Rail Pass and other JR passes are not valid on these Tobu trains.

By limited express train from Shinjuku Station
  • Direct
  • 2 h
  • ¥ 4080

Three direct "Kinugawa" limited express trains per day, cooperated by Japan Railways (JR) and Tobu Railway, connect JR Shinjuku Station with Kinugawa Onsen Station. The one way journey takes about two hours and costs 4080 yen. All seats are reserved.

Because the trains between Shinjuku and Kinugawa partially use the tracks of Tobu Railway, the Japan Rail Pass does not fully cover the expenses of the journey. In contrast, the JR Tokyo Wide Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass are valid for the entire trip.

By Japan Railways
  • 2 transfers
  • 2.5 h
  • ¥ 6000
Covered by: Japan Rail Pass(except for the final short section by Tobu Railway)

There are no routes to Kinugawa Onsen that are completely covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Instead take the Tohoku Shinkansen to Utsunomiya (50 minutes, multiple trains per hour) and transfer to the JR Nikko Line to Imaichi Station (35 minutes, 1 train per hour). From there it is a ten minute walk to Shimo-Imaichi Station where you can take a Tobu train to Kinugawa Onsen (20 minutes, 260 yen, 2-3 trains per hour).

Alternatively, stay on the JR Nikko Line to Nikko Station and walk about 200 meters to Tobu Nikko Station. From there, trains depart for Shimo-Imaichi Station where you can transfer to a train bound for Kinugawa Onsen. The trip takes about 30 minutes longer than via the above route, but transferring between trains is easier.

By hotel shuttle bus

Some ryokan and hotels in Kinugawa Onsen offer staying guests free or inexpensive shuttle bus rides to/from Utsunomiya Station along the Tohoku Shinkansen or even to/from Tokyo. Advance reservations are required.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

Kinugawa Onsen is located in a narrow valley along the Kinugawa River. The town is served on its length by four Tobu Railways train stations, with Kinugawa Onsen Station as its central station and transportation hub. Most of the major ryokan are located between Kinugawa Onsen and Kinugawa Koen Stations, and are a short walk or taxi ride away from either one.

Transportation around Kinugawa Onsen is provided by Tobu buses, with the main bus terminal in front of Kinugawa Onsen Station. The most relevant bus line connects the station with the town's two largest theme parks, Tobu World Square and Nikko Edomura. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes and are covered by the Nikko All Area Pass.

Another bus of interest is a free shuttle bus, which operates between Nikko Edomura and Fujiya Kanko Center near Nikko's Toshogu Shrine. There are 4-5 round trips per day, but buses only operate on days when Edomura is open. The one way trip takes 35 minutes, and some buses stop at JR Nikko Station along the way.

A few smaller onsen towns are located farther up the valley from Kinugawa Onsen. Kawaji Onsen is less than ten kilometers past Kinugawa Onsen, and the remote, rustic Yunishigawa Onsen and Okukinu Onsen are located in side valleys further beyond Kawaji Onsen.

Hotels around Kinugawa Onsen

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    • Asaya
      Boasting open-air natural spring baths that look out to the surrounding mountains, Asaya provides chic Japanese accommodation that displays flower arrangements throughout. A bus stop is located right in front of the property, and shuttle buses are available from Utsunomiya Train Station, an hour away, at an additional fee. Featuring a relaxing ambience, each room comes with a flat-screen TV, a telephone and a fridge. Asaya Hotelfs front desk is open 24 hours, and massages are available at an additional cost. Karaoke facilities and a gift shop are on site. Some of the hot spring baths can be reserved for private use for a fee. A tour to Edo Wonderland can be arranged upon request. The hotel is a 13-minute walk from Kinugawa Koen Train Station. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is a 40-minute drive away, and Edo Wonderland Nikko theme park is a 10-minute drive from the property. A buffet is served at one of the on-site restaurants. The dinner buffet serves about 80 various dishes ranging from Chinese, Japanese and Western meals, while the breakfast buffet provides about 60 variations, mainly Japanese and Western dishes.
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    • Hotel Shirakawa Yunokura
      Situated in Nikko, 24 km from Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Hotel Shirakawa Yunokura features accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. Each accommodation at the 3-star ryokan has mountain views, and guests can enjoy access to a hot spring bath and a sauna. The ryokan has family rooms. The units at the ryokan are fitted with a seating area. With a private bathroom fitted with a shower and a hairdryer, rooms at Hotel Shirakawa Yunokura also feature a river view. All rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Kegon Falls is 40 km from the accommodation, while Rinno-ji Temple is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 113 km from Hotel Shirakawa Yunokura.
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    • Hotel Sunshine Kinugawa
      Hotel Sunshine Kinugawa is located next to Kinugawa River, just a 6-minute drive from Kinugawa Onsen Train Station. It features various entertainment facilities like karaoke and table tennis. Free WiFi is available in the lobby. Offering mountain views, all rooms are fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. In-room facilities include a flat-screen TV and a telephone. The private bathroom comes with a bathtub and a hairdryer. Guests staying at Kinugawa Sunshine Hotel can unwind in the public bathing area which has open-air baths and sauna. Massages can be requested at an additional charge. Drinks vending machines and a gift shop are also available on site. The hotel is situated just a 1-minute walk to Kinu-tateiwa Otsuribashi Bridge. Tobu World Square Amusement Park is a 4-minute drive away, while Edo Wonderland can be reached within a 10-minute drive.
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    • Hotel Ootaki
      Surrounded by lush nature, Hotel Ootaki features a garden and Japanese-style rooms with a private bathroom. Itfs a 15-minute walk from Tobu Kinugawa Onsen Station. The Ootaki Hotel is a 10-minute drive from theme park Tobu World Square, and a 15-minute drive from historical theme park Nikko Edo Mura. Edelweiss Ski Resort is a 45-minute drive. Guests can relax in indoor and outdoor hot spring baths with nature views at Ootakifs sister hotel, to/from which a free shuttle service is available. Hotel Ootakifs facilities include drinks vending machines and free parking. Rooms feature a tatami (woven-straw) floor and Japanese futon bedding. They are fitted with a seating area with a table and chairs, an LCD TV and a fridge. A safe and yukata robes are provided. The attached bathroom comes with a bathtub and toiletries. Meals can be requested at check-in. A buffet with Japanese and Western dishes is available at its sister hotel a few minutesf drive with the free shuttle.
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    • Tabist Kinugawa Park Cottage
      Offering views of Kinugawa Valley, Kinugawa Park Cottage provides adult only accommodation with free private parking. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Kinugawaonsen Station is a 5-minute walk. All units at the holiday home feature air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. A fridge and kettle are also featured. A private bathroom is provided. At Kinugawa Park Cottage guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot spring bath. Guests can relax in the garden at the property. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 30 minutes by car, while Kegon Falls is a 60-minute drive.
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    • Hotel Manyotei
      Featuring free WiFi and a hot spring bath, Hotel Manyotei offers accommodation in Nikko, 12 km from Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine. Free private parking is available on site. Every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a seating area for your convenience. Certain rooms feature views of the mountains or river. You will find a shared lounge and shops at the property. You can play table tennis at the hotel. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 12 km from Hotel Manyotei, while Nikk?-kokuritsu-k?en is 12 km from the property.
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    • Monogusa no Yado Hanasenkyo
      Situated in Nikko, 20 km from Nikk?-kokuritsu-k?en, Monogusa no Yado Hanasenkyo has a terrace. The property is set 24 km from Nikko Toshogu Shrine. The property features a children's playground and a 24-hour front desk. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the ryokan. Dinner features Japanese-style cuisine with ingredients including pork. Monogusa no Yado Hanasenkyo offers a range of wellness facilities including a hot spring bath and a sauna. You can play table tennis at the accommodation. Kegon Falls is 40 km from Monogusa no Yado Hanasenkyo, while Rinno-ji Temple is 24 km from the property.
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    • Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen
      Situated in Nikko, 26 km from Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. This 3-star ryokan offers room service, luggage storage space and free WiFi. The property has a hot spring bath, evening entertainment and a 24-hour front desk. The ryokan offers a continental or buffet breakfast. Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen offers a sauna. You can play table tennis at the accommodation. Kegon Falls is 42 km from Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen, while Rinno-ji Temple is 26 km from the property. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 113 km from the ryokan.
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    • Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel
      Located in Nikko, 24 km from Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel provides accommodation with a bar, free private parking and a shared lounge. The property is set 40 km from Kegon Falls, 24 km from Rinno-ji Temple and 24 km from Futarasan Shrine. The ryokan offers a hot spring bath and a 24-hour front desk. At the ryokan, each room is equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Guests at Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The accommodation offers a sauna. Chuzenji Lake is 42 km from Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel, while Ryuzu Waterfall is 46 km away. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 114 km from the ryokan.
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    • Kinugawa Plaza Hotel
      Overlooking the Kinugawa River and forested mountains, Plaza Hotel offers natural hot-spring baths beside canopies of green. Traditional Kaiseki dinners, a gGanbanyokuh hot-rock spa and a summertime outdoor pool are featured. Guests at Kinugawa Plaza Hotel sleep in traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor. Each air-conditioned room has a zen decor, with seating areas beside the window and the LCD TV. An en suite bathroom is included. A 20-minute walk from Kinugawa-Onsen Train Station, the hotel is 3.5 km to Tobu World Square and 6 km to Edo Wonderland historical village theme park. Indoor & open-air baths as well as a hot-spring footbath are available, and some hot-spring baths can be reserved for private use. You can further relax in the sauna, enjoy billiards or ping-pong, or shout out some tunes at karaoke. Free-use internet PCs are provided. A Japanese/Western buffet breakfast is served, and dinner is multiple courses of seasonal specialities made with fresh local ingredients.
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