How to get to Chichibu from Tokyo
By Seibu Railway
Direct "Red Arrow" limited express trains require about 80 minutes to get from Tokyo's Ikebukuro Station to Seibu Chichibu Station. Seat reservations are mandatory. The one way fare is 1500 yen. Alternatively, the journey takes about 20 minutes longer and requires a transfer of trains at Hanno Station along the way, but costs only 790 yen if done by express trains.
Note that several discount tickets are available for visitors to Chichibu.
By JR and Chichibu Railway
Take a local JR train or shinkansen from Tokyo to Kumagaya (35 minutes, around 3500 yen by shinkansen or 70 minutes, 1170 yen by local train from Tokyo Station) and transfer to the Chichibu Railway for Chichibu (70 minutes, 880 yen). The JR section of the journey is covered by the Japan Rail Pass and JR Tokyo Wide Pass, but the Chichibu Railway section is not.
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Chichibu covers a relatively large area comprised of a natural basin where the town center lies, surrounded by forested mountainous. The largest concentration of attractions is located around the town center, within walking distance of the two main railway stations, Chichibu Station and Seibu-Chichibu Station. Mitsumine Shrine can be reached by bus in a little over an hour. Alternatively, a rental car can provide comfort and flexibility. Multiple outlets can be found in central Chichibu.
Inside the Seibu-Chichibu Station complex, travelers can find the "Matsuri no Yu", a modern public bath with a variety of different indoor and outdoor baths themed after the Edo Period, as well as a variety of shops and food options.
Passes and Tickets
Various discount tickets are available for visiting Chichibu:
- Seibu 1-Day Pass (1000 yen)
This pass is valid on all Seibu train lines (except the Tamagawa Line) on one calendar day (midnight to midnight), including on trains to Seibu Chichibu Station. A supplement fee (710 yen one way) has to be paid when using limited express trains.
- Seibu 1-Day Pass + Nagatoro (1500 yen)
In addition to the value offered by the above-listed "Seibu 1-Day Pass", this pass includes unlimited use of the Chichibu Railway in the Chichibu region (between Mitsumineguchi and Nogami).
- Chichibu 2-Day Pass (2350 yen from Ikebukuro)
This pass provides a round trip by Seibu Railway between Tokyo and Chichibu, unlimited use of Seibu and Chichibu Railway trains in the Chichibu region (between Seibu-Chichibu and Ashigakubo and between Mitsumineguchi and Nogami) and discounts on admission to selected tourist sights in the area. It is valid on up to two consecutive calendar days. A supplement fee (710 yen one way) has to be paid when using limited express trains.