Tobu Nikko Free Pass in Nikko

Tobu Railways offers various rail passes for visiting Nikko from Tokyo. All of them include a round trip to Nikko, unlimited travel in a given "free area" and free admission or discounts at selected sites:

Passes for foreigners only

The All Nikko Pass includes the round trip from Tokyo and unlimited travel on buses between Nikko and Okunikko and on trains between Nikko and the Kinugawa Onsen area. The pass is valid on four consecutive days.

The 2 Day Nikko Pass includes the round trip from Tokyo and unlimited travel on buses in central Nikko and on trains between Nikko and the Kinugawa Onsen area. The pass is valid on two consecutive days.

The Kinugawa Theme Park Pass includes the round trip from Tokyo and unlimited travel on trains between Nikko and the Kinugawa Onsen area, as well as buses to the theme parks. Admission to Nikko Edomura, Tobu World Square or both theme parks are included. The pass is valid on two consecutive days.

Passes for everybody

The Marugoto Nikko Free Pass includes the round trip from Tokyo and unlimited travel on buses from central Nikko to Okunikko. The pass is valid on four consecutive days.

The Marugoto Nikko Kinugawa Free Pass includes the round trip from Tokyo and unlimited travel on trains between Nikko and the Kinugawa and Yunishigawa area and on buses from central Nikko to Okunikko and in the Kinugawa and Yunishigawa area. The pass is valid on four consecutive days.

Tobu Free Passes
(for use from Tokyo's Asakusa Station)
 
Foreigners
Everybody
All Nikko Pass
4,520 yen
not available
2 Day Nikko Pass
2,670 yen
not available
Kinugawa Theme Park Pass
    including admission to Nikko Edomura
    including admission to Tobu World Square
    including admission to both theme parks

6,180 yen
4,080 yen
7,380 yen

not available
not available
not available
Marugoto Nikko Free Pass
4,520 yen
4,520 yen
Marugoto Nikko Kinugawa Free Pass
6,150 yen
6,150 yen
Reduced rates (50% off) apply for children aged 6-11. Reduced rates (about 10% off) apply for the Marugoto Nikko Free Pass and Marugoto Nikko Kinugawa Free Pass from December through March.

The maps below show the trains and buses to be used with the respective free passes:

Validity

Round trip

1) The round trip has to be done by Tobu Railways along the Isesaki/Nikko Line (not valid on trains from Shinjuku Station). Tobu's main station in Tokyo is Asakusa Station.
2) The round trip is to be done by rapid (kaisoku) or local (futsu) trains. You can also ride express (kyuko) or limited express (tokkyu) trains by paying the (limited) express fee separately (1030 to 1440 yen one way).
3) It is not possible to get off at stations between your departure station and the free area, except at Tokyo Skytree Station and Tochigi Station.
4) The pass can only be used by non-Japanese people, including foreign residents of Japan.

Free Area

All Nikko Pass:
Unlimited use of Tobu buses from Nikko Station to Lake Chuzenji, Yumoto Onsen and the Kirifuri Heights. Unlimited use of non-express Tobu trains between Nikko, Shimo-Imaichi and Shin-Fujiwara.

Day 2 Nikko Pass:
Unlimited use of Tobu buses from Nikko Station to the shrines and temples in central Nikko. Unlimited use of non-express Tobu trains between Nikko, Shimo-Imaichi and Shin-Fujiwara.

Kinugawa Theme Park Pass:
Unlimited use of non-express Tobu trains between Nikko, Shimo-Imaichi and Shin-Fujiwara. Unlimited use of Tobu buses from Kinugawa Onsen Station to Nikko Edomura and Tobu World Square.

Marugoto Nikko Free Pass:
Unlimited use of Tobu buses from Nikko Station to Lake Chuzenji, Yumoto Onsen and the Kirifuri Heights. Unlimited use of non-express Tobu trains between Nikko and Shimo-Imaichi.

Marugoto Nikko Kinugawa Free Pass:
Unlimited use of non-express Tobu trains between Nikko, Shimo-Imaichi and Yunishigawa Onsen Stations. Unlimited use of Tobu buses from Nikko Station to Lake Chuzenji, Yumoto Onsen and the Kirifuri Heights, and from Kinugawa Onsen to theme parks and to Yunishigawa Onsen.

Period of Validity

All Nikko Pass: Valid on 4 consecutive calendar days.
2 Day Nikko Pass: Valid on 2 consecutive calendar days.
Kinugawa Theme Park Pass: Valid on 2 consecutive calendar days.
Marugoto Nikko Free Pass: Valid on 4 consecutive calendar days.
Marugoto Nikko Kinugawa Free Pass: Valid on 4 consecutive calendar days.

Other Conditions

Kinugawa Theme Park Pass:
Valid on two consecutive days. Free admission to Nikko Edomura, Tobu World Square or both theme parks depending on package. Discounts at selected other tourist facilities and shops.

Other passes:
Discounts at selected tourist facilities and souvenir shops.

Points of Sale

The passes for exclusive use by foreigners are available at:

The other passes can be bought at most Tobu railway stations for use from that station.

Assessment

The All Nikko Pass is a good offer if you also plan to visit the Okunikko region around Lake Chuzenji and Yumoto Onsen, as it comes cheaper than paying separately for train and buses. The pass is of even better value, if you combine your visit to Nikko and Okunikko with a visit to Kinugawa Onsen.

The 2 Day Nikko Pass costs 50 yen less than regular tickets for a round trip between Asakusa and Tobu-Nikko. In addition, it covers buses in central Nikko and free use of trains between Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen, making it a worthwhile pass to consider for those not visiting the Okunikko region.

The Kinugawa Theme Park Pass is a good offer if you plan on visiting either Nikko Edomura or Tobu World Square, as it saves over 1500 yen compared to separate tickets for transportation and theme park admission. The pass is of even better value if you visit both theme parks.

Last updated: May 4, 2015
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