Tobu Railway
Tobu Railway
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Susan T
Mount Pleasant, WI599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The pass was very convenient especially when using the bus throughout Nikko. We didn't realize that the bus from the train station to our hotel (way up in the mountains) was an extremely winding road with numerous switch backs. We got used to it as we were in Nikko for three days.
Written 3 May 2024
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Lesley F
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Nikko is a truly wonderful place and well worth a visit but the pass really isn’t necessary as there are plenty of ways to get there from Tokyo. Get the express ticket which is a 2 hour trip. The regular train is 3 hours. Be prepared for lots of uphill walking and steps. The bus from the station helps cut some of that.
Written 14 May 2023
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JonathanQ
Manchester, UK193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
Great space well looked after and nice staff, great mix of things to see and a nice place to get food & and drink !
Written 12 October 2019
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geotech522
5 320 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
The Nikko Pass World Heritage Area is an excellent way to go from Asakusa in Tokyo all the way to the Tobu-Nikko Station. This is a non-stop train. The ride from the metropolis of Tokyo is very interesting as you leave very urban landscape to extremely rural landscape. It takes about 2 hours from Asakusa to Nikko. From the Tobu-Nikko Station, you can take the frequent bus service that will take you to the World Heritage Area that has the shrines and temples of Nikko, and to Lake Chuzenji and beyond. The entry to the World Heritage site is included although some Temples and Shrines have additional fees. The bus service is included in the pass fees. The return trip from Nikko back to Asakusa is also a 2 hour journey and is very comfortable. Easy way to visit Nikko on your own without having to book a guided tour and pay a lot more yen. It is a 2 day pass, but I was only able to use it for just one day, but still a good deal.
Written 8 October 2019
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WintersummerJ
San Jose Metro, Costa Rica72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
If you are thinking of going to Nikko, I really recommend you buy the pass at their tourist information center in Asakusa, as they are very helpful, they will give the trains and buses timetables,trains transfers if any,etc.
They will also offer, at an extra cost, the limited express train, even though the pass includes a roundtrip from Asakusa to Nikko on the local lines, I recommend getting the limited express so you can arrive early, specially if you are just doing a day pass.
Having said that I also would recommend that you take the local trains atleast on the way back, yes, you have to do some transfers so, you do have to pay attetion at the station you are at and which is one is next, but all that information is given to you at the tourist information center. But the local train was a highlight to me, because on the way back, I was able to meet an sweet elderly couple, even with my limited japanese language, they would talk about a lot of things of Nikko, like how the train stations had other names or they were in different places,etc.
Written 12 June 2019
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RTW_in_800_Days
New York City, NY5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We reserved tickets online and got a confirmation code to pickup the tickets. We booked the 07:30 train. As the ticket office only opened at 07:20 we had to pick up tickets the day before. We had to wait half an hour to give an online code to get the tickets. There was a long queue for that and other Tobu employees in a limited express queue doing nothing. They didn't seem to even realize this was poor service. The railway itself is fine but if you value your time book JR.
Written 17 May 2019
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Mark T
Ageo, Japan567 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
I used Tobu line when I was in Japan.I used Tobu line on April 17th in order to visit Nikko.I am a Japanese and understand the language.If you don't understand Japanese and are going to Nikko from Tokyo.You should use "Limited Express Spacia".It is the best way to go to Nikko.But if you want to save money, you have to use "Local train".You need to check the timetable and transfer stations on the internet before you go.Please ask help some Japanese if you got lost.You just say" Nikko" to them.Hope you enjoy your ride on Tobu!
Written 17 April 2019
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Brian M
Montrose, UK1 515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We took the limited express train from Tokyo Asakusa station to Nikko. We chose the two hour direct option but you can go cheaper by changing trains on route a few times. This takes about an extra 30 minutes. When we purchase our tickets we also bought the 4 day Nikko pass. This gives unlimited access to all the Tobu buses serving Nikko and the surrounding area and free access to some of the attractions. Well worth it but not enough that two of the attractions are only open from April to November.
Written 2 March 2019
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Gary Hayman
Greenbelt, MD276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
There are two major railroad ways to reach Nikko from Tokyo - the JR System and the Tobu System. Each has a multitude of trains, classes, prices. Much internet research and reviews of some others led me to choose the Tobu Railway system originating at the Asakusa station, Tokyo.

Careful, there are two Asakusa stations. You desire the one where the Tokyo-Skytree line is located. It is closest to the banks of the Sumida River.

I chose this railway line as it was convenient to reach the boarding area, didn't require a transfer of trains on the route, took just under 2 hours, and was cheaper.

When one arrives at the Asakusa station there is a Tobu Tourist Information Center manned with personable people who speak English and who assist you in obtaining your tickets and explain everything in detail including departure times and the proper track from which to board. Also, they explained about the heavily discounted All-Area or World Heritage Nikko passes and other benefits that foreign visitors are able to take advantage of and save some money. My package included certain area entrances and unlimited bus service which I used through town, to the World Heritage Site Area, and up the mountain to Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls.

Hint: as the service people take some time with each customer, there is a waiting line. Allow yourself time and arrive very early if you are going to use their services - or you may not get your tickets on time and will miss your train. Of course, there are a number of trains. I took the 10 am train and arrived just short of noon at the Tobu-Nikko station.

My train ride was comfortable, not at all crowded, and provided a great view of the attractive countryside. You won't miss where to get off as it is the end of the line.

I returned via the same railroad line to the Asakusa station.
Written 19 December 2018
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AndrewXJKT
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
The pass include trains from Asakusa to Nikko and back and included also the ropeway (cable car) and lake cruise at Chuzenji (But the cruise is closed on winter from 1 Dec).

Please note the train in the pass is NOT a direct train, need to change train like 2 times, but it was not difficult. To have a direct train, one need to top the fare at Asakusa Station, which I think it is not really necessary. The journey is only shorten by about 20 minutes compares to non-direct trains. But for ease of mind you may opt for upgrade to direct train. This was not specified in the pass during my booking.
Written 7 December 2018
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