There are 8 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.

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Train  •  4 h 53 min

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

$138 - $201

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Bus, night bus, train  •  12 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Kyōto to Meitetsu Bus Centre
  2. Take the night bus from Meitetsu Nagoya to Utsunomiya Station
  3. Take the train from Utsunomiya to Nikko

$119 - $122

6 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

$129 - $182

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 6 min

  1. Take the train from Karasuma to Juso
  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

$122 - $386

Train to Nagoya, fly to Tokyo Haneda, train  •  6 h 32 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

$145 - $364

Train to Osaka, fly to Tokyo Narita, train  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Karasuma to Juso
  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

$163 - $518

Train to Osaka, fly to Fukushima, train  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Karasuma to Juso
  2. Fly from Osaka (ITM) to Fukushima (FKS) ITM - FKS
  3. Take the train from Koriyama(Fukushima) to Utsunomiya
  4. Take the train from Utsunomiya to Nikko

$228 - $420

Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from Kyoto to Nikkō is to train which costs ¥15000 - ¥23000 and takes 4 h 53 min.

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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 4 h 53 min and costs ¥15000 - ¥23000.

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It takes approximately 4 h 53 min to get from Kyoto to Nikkō, including transfers.

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

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

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

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There are 98+ hotels available in Nikkō. Prices start at $53 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Kyoto to Nikkō.
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  • Distance: 248.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 53 min

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

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nikkō via Kyoto, Tokyo, and Utsunomiya in around 4 h 53 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 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
Flights from Osaka to Fukushima
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $430
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
Train operators
Japan Railways Shinkansen
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Kyoto to Tokyo
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
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 Tokyo to Utsunomiya
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$30 - $45
Reserved seat
$40 - $50
Green seat
$50 - $70
Train from Kyoto to Shin-Yokohama
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$95 - $130
Reserved seat
$100 - $130
Green seat
$130 - $180
Train from Kyoto to Nagoya
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$35 - $55
Reserved seat
$45 - $55
Green seat
$55 - $75
Train from Ueno to Utsunomiya
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$30 - $45
Reserved seat
$40 - $50
Green seat
$50 - $65
Train from Koriyama(Fukushima) to Utsunomiya
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$30 - $45
Reserved seat
$40 - $50
Green seat
$50 - $70
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 Utsunomiya to Nikko
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Hankyu Railways
Website
hankyu.co.jp
Train from Karasuma to Juso
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Keisei Skyliner
Website
keisei.co.jp
Train from Narita Airport Terminal 2 to Keisei-Ueno
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22
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
$29 - $45
Schedules at
hnd-bus.com
Meitetsu Bus
Website
meitetsu-bus.co.jp
Bus from Kyōto to Meitetsu Bus Centre
Ave. Duration
2 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23
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
$88
Schedules at
meitetsu-bus.co.jp

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