There are 9 ways to get from Kyoto to Nikkō by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Shinagawa Shinkansen Nozomi
  2. Take the train from Ueno to Utsunomiya Shinkansen Nasuno / ...

$131 - $187

Cheapest option

Bus, night bus  •  13 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Kyoto Station to Meitetsu Nagoya
  2. Take the night bus from Meitetsu Nagoya to Utsunomiya Station

$122 - $125

7 alternative options

Train, bus  •  6 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Shin-Yokohama Shinkansen Nozomi
  2. Take the bus from Haneda Airport Terminal 1 Station to Tobu-Nikko Station

$125 - $179

Drive  •  6 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Kyoto to Nikkō 380.4 miles

$60 - $95

Train to Osaka, fly to Tokyo Haneda, train  •  6 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Omiya(Kyoto) to Minamiibaraki(Hankyu)
  2. Fly from Osaka (ITM) to Tokyo Haneda (HND) ITM - HND
  3. Take the train from Tokyo to Utsunomiya
  4. Take the train from Utsunomiya to Nikko

$123 - $383

Train to Osaka, fly to Fukushima, train  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Omiya(Kyoto) to Minamiibaraki(Hankyu)
  2. Fly from Osaka (ITM) to Fukushima (FKS) ITM - FKS
  3. Take the train from Kagamiishi to Koriyama(Fukushima)
  4. Take the train from Koriyama(Fukushima) to Utsunomiya
  5. Take the train from Utsunomiya to Nikko

$245 - $437

Train to Nagoya, fly to Tokyo Haneda, train  •  6 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Nagoya
  2. Fly from Nagoya (NGO) to Tokyo Haneda (HND) NGO - HND
  3. Take the train from Tokyo to Utsunomiya
  4. Take the train from Utsunomiya to Nikko

$143 - $351

Train to Osaka, fly to Tokyo Narita, train  •  7 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Omiya(Kyoto) to Minamiibaraki(Hankyu)
  2. Fly from Osaka (ITM) to Tokyo Narita (NRT) ITM - NRT
  3. Take the train from Narita Airport Terminal 2 to Keisei-Ueno
  4. Take the train from Ueno to Utsunomiya
  5. Take the train from Utsunomiya to Nikko

$165 - $516

Train to Osaka Kobe, fly to Ibaraki, train  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Shin-Kobe
  2. Fly from Osaka Kobe (UKB) to Ibaraki (IBR) UKB - IBR
  3. Take the train from Ishioka to Ueno
  4. Take the train from Ueno to Utsunomiya

$183 - $381

What companies run services between Kyoto, Japan and Nikkō, Japan?

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nikkō via Shinagawa, Ueno, and Utsunomiya in around 4 h 50 min.

Airlines
All Nippon Airways
Website
ana.co.jp
Flights from Osaka to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Flights from Osaka to Fukushima
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $480
Flights from Nagoya to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $360
Flights from Osaka to Tokyo Narita
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Japan Airlines
Website
jal.com
Flights from Osaka to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $470
Flights from Nagoya to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Flights from Osaka to Tokyo Narita
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Ibex Airlines
Website
ibexair.co.jp
Flights from Osaka to Fukushima
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $320
Skymark Airlines
Website
skymark.co.jp
Flights from Osaka Kobe to Ibaraki
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Train operators
Japan Railways Shinkansen
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Kyoto to Shinagawa
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Ueno to Utsunomiya
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Kyoto to Shin-Yokohama
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Tokyo to Utsunomiya
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Koriyama(Fukushima) to Utsunomiya
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Kyoto to Nagoya
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Kyoto to Shin-Kobe
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Hankyu Railways
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Omiya(Kyoto) to Minamiibaraki(Hankyu)
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Japan Railways (JR)
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Utsunomiya to Nikko
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Kagamiishi to Koriyama(Fukushima)
Ave. Duration
17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Keisei Skyliner
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Narita Airport Terminal 2 to Keisei-Ueno
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Bus operators
Keikyu Limousine
Website
hnd-bus.com
Bus from Haneda Airport Terminal 1 Station to Tobu-Nikko Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
hnd-bus.com
Meitetsu Bus
Website
meitetsu-bus.co.jp
Bus from Kyoto Station to Meitetsu Nagoya
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$24
Schedules at
meitetsu-bus.co.jp
Night bus from Meitetsu Nagoya to Utsunomiya Station
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90
Schedules at
meitetsu-bus.co.jp

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Kyoto and Nikkō is 398 km. The road distance is 609 km.

The cheapest way to get from Kyoto to Nikkō is to drive which costs ¥7000 - ¥11000 and takes 6 h 41 min.

The quickest way to get from Kyoto to Nikkō is to train which takes 4 h 50 min and costs ¥14000 - ¥21000.

No, there is no direct train from Kyoto to Nikkō. However, there are services departing from Kyoto and arriving at Nikko via Shinagawa, Ueno and Utsunomiya. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 50 min.

It takes approximately 4 h 50 min to get from Kyoto to Nikkō, including transfers.