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

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

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Train  •  5h 52m

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Tokyo
  2. Take the train from Tokyo to Utsunomiya
  3. Take the train from Utsunomiya to Nikko

$123 - $173

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Train to Osaka Itami, fly to Tokyo Haneda, subway, train  •  6h 53m

  1. Take the train from Omiya(Kyoto) to Minamiibaraki(Hankyu)
  2. Fly from Osaka Itami (ITM) to Tokyo Haneda (HND) ITM - HND
  3. Take the subway from Daimon(Tokyo) to Asakusa(Tobu/Subway)
  4. Take the train from Asakusa(Tobu/Subway) to Tobu-Nikko

$103 - $349

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Bus  •  12h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Gojo Keihan to Kintetsu Yokkaichi
  2. Take the bus from Kintetsu Yokkaichi to Yokohama YCAT
  3. Take the bus from Yokohama Station East Exit to Tobu-Nikko Station

$151 - $172

Night bus, train  •  11h 5m

  1. Take the night bus from Kyōto to Tochigi
  2. Take the train from Tochigi to Tobu-Nikko Tobu Nikko Local / ...

$109 - $111

Drive  •  6h 41m

  1. Drive from Kyoto to Nikkō 380.4 miles

$60 - $95

Fly Osaka Itami to Tokyo Narita, train  •  8h 2m

  1. Fly from Osaka Itami (ITM) to Tokyo Narita (NRT) ITM - NRT
  2. Take the train from Narita Airport Terminal 2 to Tokyo
  3. Take the train from Tokyo to Utsunomiya
  4. Take the train from Utsunomiya to Nikko

$149 - $496

Train to Osaka Itami, fly to Fukushima, train  •  6h 53m

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

$229 - $422

Train to Chūbu Centrair, fly to Tokyo Haneda, train  •  7h 12m

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Nagoya
  2. Fly from Chūbu Centrair (NGO) to Tokyo Haneda (HND) NGO - HND
  3. Take the train from Asakusa(Tobu/Subway) to Tobu-Nikko

$125 - $325

Train to Kobe, fly to Ibaraki, train  •  8h 24m

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Shin-Kobe
  2. Fly from Kobe (UKB) to Ibaraki (IBR) UKB - IBR
  3. Take the train from Ishioka to Kita-Senju
  4. Take the train from Kita-Senju to Tobu-Nikko

$152 - $340

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

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The quickest way to get from Kyoto to Nikkō is to train which costs ¥13000 - ¥20000 and takes 5h 52m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kyoto to Nikkō station. However, there are services departing from Gojo Keihan and arriving at Tobu-Nikko Station via Kintetsu Yokkaichi and Yokohama Station East Exit. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 46m.

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The distance between Kyoto and Nikkō is 398 km. The road distance is 608.6 km.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Nikkō without a car is to train which takes 5h 52m and costs ¥13000 - ¥20000.

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It takes approximately 5h 52m to get from Kyoto to Nikkō, including transfers.

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Kyoto to Nikkō bus services, operated by Mie Kotsu, depart from Gojo Keihan station.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Nikkō is to train which takes 5h 52m and costs ¥13000 - ¥20000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ¥17000 - ¥20000 and takes 12h 46m.

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The quickest flight from Osaka Itami Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Kyoto to Nikkō bus services, operated by Keikyu Limousine, arrive at Tobu-Nikko Station.

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Map of how to get from Kyoto to Nikkō.
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  • Distance: 248.5 miles
  • Duration: 5h 52m

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

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nikkō via Kyoto, Kyoto, Tokyo, and Utsunomiya in around 5h 52m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kyoto to Nikkō via Kintetsu Yokkaichi and Yokohama Station East Exit in around 12h 46m.

Airlines
All Nippon Airways
Website
ana.co.jp
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Haneda via Matsuyama
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Narita
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Narita via Niigata
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $280
Flights from Osaka Itami to Fukushima
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $430
Flights from Chūbu Centrair to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $360
Japan Airlines
Website
jal.com
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $470
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Haneda via Izumo
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $470
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Narita
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Chūbu Centrair to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Ibex Airlines
Website
ibexair.co.jp
Flights from Osaka Itami to Fukushima
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $320
Skymark Airlines
Website
skymark.co.jp
Flights from Kobe to Ibaraki
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Train operators
Japan Railways Shinkansen
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Kyoto to Tokyo
Ave. Duration
2h 18m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$100 - $140
Reserved seat
$110 - $140
Green seat
$140 - $190
Train from Koriyama(Fukushima) to Utsunomiya
Ave. Duration
27m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$30 - $45
Reserved seat
$40 - $50
Green seat
$50 - $65
Train from Kyoto to Nagoya
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$35 - $55
Reserved seat
$45 - $55
Green seat
$55 - $75
Train from Kyoto to Shin-Kobe
Ave. Duration
27m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$26 - $35
Reserved seat
$30 - $40
Green seat
$40 - $55
Japan Railways (JR)

Japan Railways operates a large proportion of the main intercity routes, including the high-speed Shinkansen service and commuter rail service. Covering 1665 stations across 7458km, Japan Railways carries an average of 17 million passengers per day. There are several rail passes on offer for customers such as the Hokkaido Pass, the JR West Rail Pass, JR East Pass, Shikoku Pass, Kyushu Pass and Flex Japan Tourist Pass.

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Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Tokyo to Utsunomiya
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Utsunomiya to Nikko
Ave. Duration
43m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Izumigo to Koriyama(Fukushima)
Ave. Duration
33m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Ishioka to Kita-Senju
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Tobu Railway
Website
tobu.co.jp
Train from Tochigi to Tobu-Nikko
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Asakusa(Tobu/Subway) to Tobu-Nikko
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Kita-Senju to Tobu-Nikko
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $18
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Hankyu Railways
Website
hankyu.co.jp
Train from Omiya(Kyoto) to Minamiibaraki(Hankyu)
Ave. Duration
41m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Bus operators
Mie Kotsu
Website
sanco.co.jp
Bus from Gojo Keihan to Kintetsu Yokkaichi
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
sanco.co.jp
Bus from Kintetsu Yokkaichi to Yokohama YCAT
Ave. Duration
5h 13m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$99
Schedules at
sanco.co.jp
Keikyu Limousine
Website
hnd-bus.com
Bus from Yokohama Station East Exit to Tobu-Nikko Station
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Schedules at
hnd-bus.com
Kintetsu Bus
Phone
06-6618-5301
Website
kintetsu-bus.co.jp
Night bus from Kyōto to Tochigi
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$101
Schedules at
kintetsu-bus.co.jp

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Yes, the driving distance between Kyoto to Nikkō is 609 km. It takes approximately 6h 41m to drive from Kyoto to Nikkō.

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Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways offer flights from Osaka Itami Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport.

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