Getting to Fukushima

Fukushima is easily accessible from most major transport hubs within Japan. At just 90 minutes from Tokyo, most travellers will find it’s a direct ride on the shinkansen (bullet train) to reach the central Fukushima City region. Regardless of your budget or preferred mode of transport, a wealth of options exist to get you here.

All prices mentioned below are approximated, per person and subject to seasonal fluctuations and availability.

Traveling between key areas

From Tokyo

Reaching Fukushima Prefecture and its surrounding areas from Japan’s capital of Tokyo is incredibly simple and straightforward, with a variety of options available.

Tokyo ↔ Fukushima

JR Fukushima Station is your primary gateway for reaching Fukushima Prefecture. Visitors coming from Haneda/Narita can take advantage of this easy-to-use route.

  • JR Tohoku Shinkansen
    • 1 hr 32 min from Tokyo (~¥8,430+)
    • 1 hr 26 min from Ueno (~¥8,220+)
  • Expressway Bus
    • 4 hr 45 min (prices vary)

If coming by bullet train (shinkansen), it is recommended that you book a reserved seat in advance. If you’d like to ride the expressway bus between Tokyo and Fukushima Station, several options exist, including overnight.

Tokyo ↔ Koriyama

Traveling to Koriyama from Tokyo puts you in the center of the prefecture, near some truly incredible places to visit. Visit in spring or autumn to enjoy the cherry blossoms at Kaiseizan Park or the leaves at Lake Inawashiro.

  • JR Tohoku Shinkansen
    • 1 hr 12 min from Tokyo (~¥7,680+)
    • 1 hr 8 min from Ueno (~¥7,470+)
  • Expressway Bus
    • 4 hr 10 min (prices vary)

If coming by bullet train (shinkansen), it is recommended that you book a reserved seat in advance. If you’d like to ride the expressway bus between Tokyo and Koriyama Station, JR Bus Tohoku stops there on the way to Fukushima Station.

Tokyo ↔ Aizu-Wakamatsu

Visit the castle town of Fukushima Prefecture, less than 3 hours from Tokyo.

  • JR Tohoku Shinkansen & JR Ban’etsu West Line※ (transfer at Koriyama Station)
    • 2 hr 25 min from Tokyo (~¥8,610+)
    • 2 hr 20 min from Ueno (~¥8,420+)
  • Direct Expressway Bus
    • 4 hr 45 min (~4,800+)

※Upon reaching Koriyama Station, you can also use the Aizu Bus Expressway Bus. You do not need to book in advance.

If coming by bullet train (shinkansen), it is recommended that you book a reserved seat in advance. If you’d like to ride the expressway bus between Shinjuku and Aizu-Wakamatsu Station, you can reserve your ticket up to one month ahead of schedule at JR bus stop at Shinjuku or Tokyo Station.

Tokyo ↔ Iwaki

See the beautiful Fukushima coastline from Iwaki City; enjoy fresh seafood and marine life at the Aquamarine Fukushima Aquarium.

  • JR Ltd. Express Hitachi
    • 2 hr 20 min from Tokyo (~¥6,170)※※
    • 2 hr 10 min from Ueno (~¥6,170)※※
  • Direct Expressway Bus
    • 3 hr (~¥3,450)

※※ Price for reserved seats (指摘席) (with limited express boarding ticket)

If coming by JR Ltd. Express Hitachi, it is necessary to buy a ”limited express” boarding ticket in order to board one of these trains. Buy your ticket at a JR Ticket Office, which you can recognise from the word みどりの窓口(midori no mado guchi). If you’d like to ride the expressway bus between Shinjuku and Iwaki Station, JR Bus Kanto bus tickets can be bought up to one month in advance until the day before departure.

Tokyo ↔ Shirakawa

You’re in for a treat while in Shirakawa. Along with some remarkable sightseeing spots the local food is cute and tasty. Be sure to try a Shirakawa Daruma Burger!

  • JR Tohoku Shinkansen & JR Tohoku Line
    • 2 hr 25 min from Tokyo (~¥6,080+)

When coming by bullet train (shinkansen), it is recommended that you book a reserved seat in advance. At Shin-Shirakawa Station, change to the JR Tohoku Line bound for Koriyama, and get off at Shirakawa Station.

From Sendai

Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, is a nearby neighbor to Fukushima Prefecture and takes very little time to visit. The trip offers you unique sights otherwise missed coming from the south.

Sendai ↔ Fukushima

With Sendai and Fukushima city being practically neighbors, getting there is easy and fast. Don’t miss out on visiting Fukushima for a truly unique experience.

  • JR Tohoku Shinkansen
    • 25 min from Sendai (~¥3,160+)
  • JR Tohoku Line
    • 80 min from Sendai (~¥1,320+)
  • Direct Expressway Bus
    • 80 min (~¥1,200+)

If you’d like to ride the expressway bus between Fukushima and Sendai Station, you don’t need to reserve a ticket; buses run every 20-30 minutes from 6:30am to 8pm.

Sendai ↔ Koriyama

Enjoy the change of seasons from Koriyama. Traveling from Sendai offers some spectacular foliage vistas.

  • JR Tohoku Shinkansen
    • 40 min (~¥4,860+)
  • JR Tohoku Line
    • 140 min (~¥2,270+)
  • Direct Expressway Bus
    • 120 min (~¥2,300+)

If you take the JR Tohoku Line from Sendai Station bound for Fukushima, change at Fukushima Station to the JR Tohoku Line bound for Shin-Shirakawa. If you’d like to ride the expressway bus between Koriyama and Sendai Station via Nihonmatsu Bus Stop.

Sendai ↔ Aizu-Wakamatsu

Experience history in the making at one of Aizu-Wakamatsu’s many fine sake breweries.

  • JR Tohoku Shinkansen & JR Ban’etsu West Line (Rapid Service)
    • 2 hr 15 min (~¥5,940+)
  • Expressway Bus
    • 2 hr 30 min (~¥3,100+)

Take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Koriyama Station and change to the Ban’etsu West Line for Aizu-Wakamatsu Station. If you’d like to ride Aizu Bus between Aizu-Wakamatsu and Sendai Station, you do not need to book in advance.

Sendai ↔ Iwaki

Travel from the forests of Sendai to the shores of Iwaki, Fukushima, and experience the best nature has to offer.

  • JR Tohoku Shinkansen & JR Ban-etsu East Line
    • 2 hr 30 min (~¥6,780+)
  • Expressway Bus
    • 3 hr 10 min (~¥2,700+)

Take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Sendai Station, change at Koriyama Station to the JR Ban’etsu East Line bound for Iwaki. If you’d like to ride the expressway bus between Iwaki and Sendai Station you need to book a ticket in advance at Sendai Station East Exit Bus Station or Iwaki Station Information Desk.

Nikko ↔ Fukushima

(Coming soon)

From Osaka/Sapporo

No matter where you are in Japan, travel to Fukushima Prefecture can be easy – and, if you have a JR Rail Pass, very cost-friendly. Find out how to visit Fukushima from either end of Japan.

Osaka ↔ Fukushima

Fukushima Prefecture can seem out of the way--but with all the travel options available, you’ll be enjoying that fresh Fukushima air in no time.

  • JR Kyoto Line & JR Shinkansen & JR Tohoku Shinkansen
    • ~5 hr (~¥21,000+)
  • Night Bus (Osaka Bus) & JR Tohoku Shinkansen
    • ~10 hr 30 min (~¥14,000+)
  • Night Bus (Fukushima Transportation)
    • ~11 hr 30 min (~¥12,700+)
  • Flight & Others
    • ~1 hr 10 min (~¥25,000+) (one way)

For JR Rail Pass holders, using the JR Kyoto Line and Shinkansen combination is the best option for cost and time efficiency. If you don’t mind sitting longer, the night bus will save you money. Whichever option you choose, it’s recommended to reserve tickets in advance.

For those leaving from Itami Airport (Osaka International Airport), direct flights exist to Fukushima Airport (1 hr), as well as Sendai Airport (1.5 hrs). From Sendai, it’s only 40 minutes on the Tohoku Shinkansen to Koriyama Station.

Sapporo ↔ Fukushima

Hokkaido’s Sapporo provides good access to Fukushima. The most viable options are a direct flight from Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport (to either Sendai, or Fukushima), or taking the shinkansen (bullet train) from Shin-Hakodate Station, after making a connecting train journey from Sapporo.

  • Limited Express Train & Shinkansen
    • ~7 hr ( ~¥25,000+)
  • Planes, trains, and buses
    • ~5 hr ( ~¥40,000+)

For JR Rail Pass holders, it’s best to use the trains. Take the Limited Express Super Hokuto Train from Sapporo Station to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station; here, switch to the JR Tohoku-Hokkaido Shinkansen heading from Sendai. At Sendai Station, switch to a JR Tohoku Shinkansen bound for Tokyo, and get off at Fukushima or Koriyama Station. It’s recommended to reserve tickets in advance.

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