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Access and Travel Suggestions

Nikko is located about 150 km north of Tokyo, and connected with Tokyo area by Japan Railways (JR) or "Tobu" line.

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From Narita international airport, it takes about 3.5 hours in total. The conference starts from the afternoon on March 12 (Monday). We recommend that you arrive at Japan on March 11 (Sunday). If you can get on the 13:59 Keisei Skyliner (see below) at the Narita airport, you may reach to Nikko at 17:49 after three-times train-changes. If your flight arrives at the airport in the late afternoon, we recommend that you stay one night in Tokyo area (Ueno or Asakusa) and moves to Nikko in the morning of the next day.
As for return trip, if you leave Nikko by the 6:55 train on March 17, you can arrive at Narita airport around 10:30. So you should choose a return flight in the afternoon.

Information on hotels in Tokyo area are listed below.

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How to Reach Nikko

(1) With Tobu Line

From Narita airport, you can get to Nikko by using "Keisei" line, Tokyo Metro, and Tobu line.
In total, this way costs 3,980 JPY (or 5,180 JPY, if you use Keisei Skyliner) for one way. * Tokyo Metro Ueno station is about 200m away from Keisei Ueno station (please follow the instruction there).
** Asakusa station (Tobu line) is located at a department store "Matsuya", which is about 300m away from Tokyo Metro Asakusa station (please follow the instruction there).

(2) With JR Line

If you do not stay in Tokyo area, you can also get to Nikko by using only JR (timetable).
This way costs 8,460 JPY for one way (3,890 JPY for the normal ticket and 1,660 + 2,910 JPY for the express tickets).
You can buy the normal tickets (to Nikko) at Narita airport. Please buy the express ticket for Shinkan-sen at Tokyo station.
* There is another kind of Shinkan-sen, called "Hayate". But do NOT use Hayate, since it does not stop at Utsunomiya station.
*Note* Shinkan-sen stops at "Ueno" station after Tokyo. You may also go to Ueno from Narita airport using Keisei line (see above).

(3) For Participants Who Use Haneda Airport

If you do not use Narita airport but use Haneda airport, you can go to Tokyo station or Ueno station by Monorail and JR.
After that, please follow the ways above (use Metro+Tobu from Ueno or JR Shinkan-sen from Tokyo).

Hotels in Tokyo Area

You can easily find hotels in Tokyo area through Rakuten travel service. (click "Tokyo" on the map)
We recommend to stay at Ueno or Asakusa area.
Some famous hotels are listed below, but reservation through Rakuten travel service tends to be less expensive.

Ueno area
Hotel Park Side
Sutton Place Hotel
Touganeya Hotel
Cube Hotel

Asakusa area
Hotel Kaminarimon
Asakusa View Hotel
Hotel Sunroute Asakusa

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