Nikko and Kinugawa

The Nikko and the Kinugawa are trains that debuted in 2006, limited express trains providing service from central Tokyo to the World Heritage Site Nikko. Departing from Shinjuku, the trains stop at Ikebukuro and Omiya before transferring to Tobu Railway tracks, where they proceed to Tobu-nikko Station and Kinugawa-onsen Station. The cars on the Nikko and Kinugawa are painted to match those of Tobu Railway. On the other hand, the SPACIA Nikko and the SPACIA Kinugawa trains are operated by JR but use Tobu Railway cars.

The Train Line-up

Series 253

Series 253

Series 253

Nikko: Shinjuku - Tobu-nikko
Kinugawa: Shinjuku - Kinugawa-onsen

Tobu Series 100 (Right)

Tobu Series 100 (Right)

SPACIA Nikko: Shinjuku - Tobu-nikko
SPACIA Kinugawa: Shinjuku - Kinugawa-onsen

Notes

From Kurihashi to Tobu-nikko and Kinugawa-onsen, trains operate on Tobu Railway tracks. JR EAST PASS and JR TOKYO Wide Pass holders ride free on this interval only for these express.

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Interior Layout of Cars

Nikko / Kinugawa Series 253: 6-car trains

Non-smoking cars

Nikko /Kinugawa Series 253: 6-car trains

Nikko /Kinugawa Series 253: 6-car trains

SPACIA Nikko / SPACIA Kinugawa Tobu Series 100: 6-car trains

Non-smoking cars

SPACIA Nikko / SPACIA Kinugawa Tobu Series 100: 6-car trains

  • Green cars (First class)
  • Changing bed
  • Lavatory
  • Restrooms
  • Men's toilet
  • Seats for wheelchair users
  • Accessible facility
  • Conductor's room
  • Store
  • Vending machine
  • Luggage compartment

Timetables and Seat Reservations

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JR-EAST Train Reservation
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Places of Interest

The Nikko and Kinugawa Map

Nikko
With some 1,200 years of history, Nikko is known as a sacred place for the devout. In addition being the home of the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to Ieyasu Tokugawa who founded the Edo Shogunate in 1603, Nikko is where Futarasan Shrine and Rinnoji Temple are located, collectively known as Two Shrines and One Temple. These buildings were selected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Nearby are Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Falls, Mount Nantai and many other scenic places. Nikko’s popularity brings a never-ending stream of visitors.
Access: Take the Nikko to Tobu-nikko Station. Alternatively, take the Nikko Line to Nikko Station.
Kinugawa Onsen
Kinugawa Onsen (Hot Springs) is easily accessible from Tokyo, and is one of the finest hot spring areas in Kanto. Beginning just outside the train station and along the roads, many hotels and ryokan (inns) are conveniently located to provide lodging to visitors. From the surrounding mountains, the view down onto Kinugawa (Kinu River) is outstanding whatever the season. For an experience to enjoy all of the beauty of the Kinu River to your heart's content, try a boat trip down the river.
Access: Take the Kinugawa to Kinugawa-onsen Station.