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How To Travel From Asakusa To Nikko
Written by Keisuke Yamada
This article features how to get to Nikko from Asakusa by the Limited Express SPACIA. There are two train services to travel between Nikko and Tokyo, one is from Asakusa and another is from Shinjuku. We will introduce the one from Asakusa including how to
Nikko in Tochigi prefecture is famous for Nikko Tōshō-gū Shrine, the Kegon Falls and Lake Chūzenji. You can reach Nikko in about one hour and 50 minutes by taking the fastest train from Tokyo. This is what makes it a popular place for a one day trip among both Japanese people and travelers.
We will explain how to travel from Tōbu Asakusa Station to Nikko and the must-see attractions in the area.
Tōbu Asakusa Station (東武鉄道 浅草駅)
When you go to Nikko from the Asakusa area, you need to take a train from Tōbu Asakusa Station.
Asakusa station serves four lines: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line, Tsukuba Express and Tōbu Railways. So please keep track of which line of the Asakusa station you have to use to reach your destination.
Fast and Convenient - The Limited Express SPACIA
The most convenient way to go from Asakusa to Nikko is taking the "Limited Express SPACIA"
The Limited Express SPACIA operated by Tōbu Railways runs from Tokyo towards Nikko and Kinugawa. The Limited Express SPACIA has two lines: "Kegon" and “Kinu”. The Kego Line runs between Tōbu Asakusa station and Tōbu Nikko Station. The Kinu Line runs between Tōbu Asakusa station and Kinugawa Onsen station. You can reach Nikko by either of them. But if you take the Kinu Line, you need to change the train at Shimo-Imaichi Station.
Where to buy tickets?
There are four ways to buy tickets.
①Be a member of Tōbu keitai net
If you sign up for Tōbu keitai net, you will get to use the ticket-less service. You will be able to book and buy your ticket online. This allows you to skip the line to take tickets at a station.
②Book your ticket online then pay and receive the tickets at the station
If you are not a member of Tōbu keitai net, you can book your tickets online. However, you need to go to one of the stations of Tōbu Railways or to a Tōbu travel agency to buy and receive it.
③Buy at a ticket office at a station
Tōbu Asakusa station has a ticket office. You can buy your tickets right there. Please keep in mind that there is a high chance that it will be crowded.
④Buy from ticket machines at a station
Each station has ticket machines. You can also buy your tickets from these ticket machines.
Read on more details here.
What does Limited Express SPACIA look like?
You will recognize the Limited Express SPACIA by the Tokyo Sky Tree design on its car body.
The picture above shows what seats look like. You can also turn seats facing one another if you are traveling in a group of three or four people.
There is a car selling drinks and food. You don't need to worry about starving. You can get to buy souvenirs of Limited Express SPACIA there as well.
What does the Tōbu Nikko Station look like?
You will reach Tōbu Nikko Station very fast, and you will definitely enjoy your ride. There are two stations in Nikko -one of them is the Tōbu Nikko Station, while the other one is JR Nikko Station.
There is a bus stop in front of the station, so you will find it easy to head for your destination. Please check which bus you need to take in order to reach your destination.
The Major Attractions of Nikko
The most famous sightseeing spot is Nikko Tōshō-gū Shrine. It takes 20 minutes from Tōbu Nikko Station on foot.
If you want to go and see the Kegon Falls, you should take a bus which goes up Iroha Zaka (a pair of winding roads which connect the lower elevations around central Nikko to the higher elevations of the mountainous Okunikkō region.)
What do you think? You can also go from Shinjuku to Nikko. If you travel from Asakusa, please use the information we introduced above.
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Tōbu Asakusa Station 東武鉄道 浅草駅
Address: Tokyo Taitō-ku Hanakawado 1-4-1
Hours: From the first train to the last train of the day
Closed: Open all year around
Credit cards: Not Accepted
Menu in other languages: English
Most accessible station: -
Price Range: -
Phone number: +81-3-3841-0603
Official Website: Tōbu Asakusa Station