How to travel between Tokyo and Aizu

By shinkansen

Take a yamabiko train along the JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Koriyama Station and transfer to a regular train on the JR Banetsu-sai Line. Get off at Aizu-Wakamatsu Station. The entire trip takes approximately three hours, costs about 9000 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

By highway bus

Multiple daytime and overnight buses are operated between JR Shinjuku Highway Bus Terminal in Tokyo and Aizu-Wakamatsu Station. The one way trip takes 4.5 hours (7 hours by overnight bus) and costs 4800 yen one way. Round trip ticket cost 7400 yen and must be used within a six day period.

Note that a limited number of discount tickets is offered at a reduced priced if purchased at least one day in advance. These tickets cost only 2500 yen one way (there is no reduced price for a round trip ticket), but may sell out quickly.

How to travel between Nikko and Aizu

Nikko and Aizu are connected with each other by a rural train line that is operated by Tobu Railways, Yagan Railways and Aizu Railways. There is one direct round trip per day between Tobu-Nikko and Aizu-Wakamatsu Stations (2.5 to 3 hours, 3490 yen one way). Three more round trips are operated between Kinugawa Onsen and Aizu-Wakamatsu Stations (2 to 2.5 hours, 3280 yen one way).

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. For the current yen exchange rate, click here.

Orientation

Aizu's main railway station is Aizu-Wakamatsu Station, served by JR and the Aizu Railways. The city's attractions are not located within walking distance of the station and are distributed across the city center, with many concentrated in and around Tsuruga Castle Park.

The easiest way for tourists to get around are the Aizu Loop Buses which connect Aizu-Wakamatsu Station with all of the city's sites of interest. The loop buses operate from 8:00 to 17:30 and depart every 30 minutes. Buses running in the counter-clockwise direction are called Haikarasan while buses running in the opposite direction are called Akabe. The fare is 210 yen per ride or 500 yen for a day pass for unlimited rides on one calendar day.

Aizu has also a network of regular city buses, although most tourists will not need to use them, as the loop buses are easier to use. Fares for regular buses are dependent on distance traveled.

An Aizu Loop Bus
Page last updated: February 8, 2018