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 a great gateway for seeing the sights of Fukushima Prefecture. In addition to being at the center of the action, there are also plenty of nearby attractions. 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 Narita Airport to Fukushima

There are 3 main routes to get to Fukushima Station from Narita Airport, as shown in the illustration below:

  Total time taken (Approx.)Approx. cost p.p.
1) Airport Bus + Shinkansen 2 hour 45 min 9,950 yen
2) Keisei Skyliner + Shinkansen 2 hour 40 min 11,210 yen
3) Direct Expressway Bus 5 hours 5,500 yen

1) Airport Bus + Shinkansen

Take an airport bus from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station, and from there take the Tohoku Shinkansen to Fukushima Station or Koriyama Station.

  • There are a number of companies that run buses from Narita Airport. Two of the cheapest ones are Keisei Bus and Access Narita bus, which cost close to 1000 yen per way per person.
  • You don’t need to reserve these buses, but there is a first-come, first-served approach.
  • There’s an option to reserve seats online (check the websites above).
  • From Tokyo Station, take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Fukushima Station or Koriyama Station.

2) Keisei Skyliner + Shinkansen

Take the Keisei Skyline train from Narita Airport to Ueno Station. From Ueno Station, take the Shinkansen to Fukushima Station/ Koriyama Station.

  • The quickest way to get to Ueno Station from Narita Airport is to take the Keisei Skyliner train.
    • This takes your to Keisei Ueno Station (a 5-10 minute walk from JR Ueno Station) in under 45 minutes for ¥2,470 yen one way. You can buy Keisei Skyliner tickets online in advance.
  • If you aren’t in a rush, you can take the Keisei Main Line train instead of the Skyliner.
    • This Limited Express trains (departing from Track 2 and 3 at Narita Airport stations) will get you to Keisei Ueno Station in 80-90 minutes.
    • Make sure to board a train that terminates at Keisei-Ueno to avoid having to transfer trains at Nippori Station.
    • Taking the Keisei Main Line costs just ¥1,030. 
  • From Ueno Station, take the Tohoku Shinkansen to Fukushima Station or Koriyama Station.

You may have heard of the Narita Express train from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station. This train is also a fair option, but the Narita Express platform at Tokyo Station is far from the JR Tohoku Shinkansen platform.

3) Direct Expressway Bus

The cheapest way to get between Narita Airport and Fukushima is to go via expressway bus.

  • The expressway bus runs two times a day between Fukushima Station and Narita Airport (stopping at Koriyama Station).
  • You don’t need to reserve a seat on the way from Narita Airport to Fukushima Station or Koriyama Station, but on the journey to Narita Airport, it is advised to reserve a seat in advance.

From Haneda Airport to Fukushima

You can get from Haneda Airport to Fukushima Station in less than 2.5 hours.

Length of time (Approx.)Approx. cost p.p.
Via Keikyu Line & Shinkansen2.5 hours9530 yen
Via Tokyo Monorail & Shinkansen 2.5 hours9610 yen

Via Keikyu Line

  • Take the Keikyu Airport Line from Haneda Airport to Shinagawa Station. (20 min, 410 yen)
    • Take the Rapid-Limited service (快特).
  • At Shinagawa Station, transfer onto either the JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line heading for Tokyo Station.
  • Get off at Tokyo Station (10 min, 170 yen)
  • Transfer to the JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line.
  • Take the Shinkansen to Fukushima Station (90 min, 8950 yen for non-reserved seating).
  • Get off at Fukushima Station.

Via Tokyo Monorail

  • Take the Tokyo Monorail from Haneda Airport to Hamamatsucho Station (20 min, 490 yen).
    • Take the train heading for Rapid-Service train bound for Hamamatsucho (空港快速浜松町行)
  • At Hamamatsucho Station, transfer onto either the JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line heading for Tokyo Station.Get off at Tokyo Station (5 min, 160 yen).
  • Transfer to the JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line.
  • Take the Shinkansen to Fukushima Station (90 min, 8950 yen for non-reserved seating). .
  • Get off at Fukushima Station.

See here for more information on catching the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Fukushima.

Although the Tokyo Monorail is not a JR Line, you can use the JR Rail Pass on this train.

If you’re not using the JR Rail Pass, it is recommended to buy your Shinkansen tickets at JR East Travel Service Center in Haneda Airport near the Tokyo Monorail gates so that you don’t have to try and buy tickets in Tokyo Station (which is always busy).


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.

From Sendai Airport to Fukushima

There are 3 main ways to travel between Sendai Airport and Fukushima City: by bus, by local train, or by a mix of local trains and Shinkansen.

  Approx. time taken Approx. cost p.p.
Local trains & Shinkansen 1 hour 10 min 3740 yen
Local trains 1 hour 45 min 1550 yen
Expressway Bus 2 hours 5 min 1600 yen

By Local Train & Shinkansen

For Fukushima:

  • Take the Sendai airport access line from Sendai Airport. Get off at Sendai Station. This train ride takes around 20 min.
  • At Sendai Station, change to the Tohoku Shinkansen area of the station, buy your ticket, and take the Shinkansen to Fukushima Station.

For Koriyama:

  • Take the Sendai airport access line from Sendai Airport. Get off at Sendai Station. This train ride takes around 20 min.
  • At Sendai Station, change to the Tohoku Shinkansen area of the station, buy your ticket, and take the Shinkansen to Fukushima Station.

By Local Train

For Fukushima:

  • Take the Sendai Airport Access Line from Sendai Airport. Get off at Natori Station (名取駅). It takes 10 min between Sendai Airport and Natori Station.
  • At Natori Station, change to the JR Tohoku Line heading for Fukushima. This train will take you to Fukushima Station in approximately 70 min.

For Koriyama:

  • Arrive at Fukushima Station using the steps above.
  • At Fukushima Station, switch to the JR Tohoku Line bound for Shin-Shirakawa Station (will take around 60 min)

Please note that the Sendai Airport Access Line is not a JR Line. This means you must buy a new ticket when you change to the JR Tohoku Line.
(If you use a passmo / suica card, then you won’t have this problem.)

By Highway Bus

  • Highway buses leaving from Sendai Airport stop at a number of destinations including Fukushima Station, Nihonmatsu Bus Stop, Aizu-Wakamatsu Station, and Tsurugajo Castle.
  • You don’t need to reserve a seat on the bus in advance, and you pay at the end of your journey.
  • The highway bus leaves from the Highway Bus Stop (高速バス停留所) outside Sendai Airport. See here for a map of the bus stop.

From Osaka

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 the Kansai region.

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.

From Osaka Itami Airport to Fukushima


From Hokkaido

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.

From New Chitose Airport to Fukushima

If you don’t have the JR Rail Pass and wish to shave a few hours off your travel time from Hokkaido, it might be worth considering flying from Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport.

You can fly to Sendai Airport or Fukushima Airport from New Chitose Airport. If you’re going to Koriyama area, it might be worth flying into Fukushima Airport and taking the airport bus to Koriyama.

Please note, only one flight a day leaves Hokkaido for Fukushima Airport (and vice-versa), so it might make more sense to fly to Sendai if the times don’t match.

If you’re heading to Fukushima City or Shirakawa City, it makes more sense to fly to Sendai Airport and take the shinkansen down from Sendai Station to the appropriate station.

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