Fukushima Access Guide

Fukushima can be easily accessed from Tokyo through various means, as with many prefectures in the northern part of Japan. While the exclusion zone may make your travels a little longer depending on where you want to visit, most places in Fukushima are unaffected. That is to say, it is still impossible to go into some areas.

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Train
As with many major stations along the coast of Japan, Tokyo and Fukushima station are connected by the JR Tohoku Shinkansen railways, which offer several trains every day such as the Yamabiko and Tsubasa trains. A one way trip takes close to an hour and a half, and costs 8500 yen one-way. If you are okay with taking longer, though, you can take the local trains all the way to Fukushima, which will take closer to 5 hours and 4750 yen (2300 yen if you have the Seishun 18 Kippu)
 
Bus
There are cheaper alternatives of course, which are the overnight highway buses that operate between Tokyo and Fukushima. These buses take around 5 hours, same as the local trains, and costs around 5000 yen, and sometimes as low as 3000 yen if you are lucky. 
 
Car Rental
Fukushima prefecture is definitely one of those places where it is more convenient to rent a car, as many of the prefecture’s attractions are farther from the city center. If you wish to visit these places, you can take the buses, but they will limit your schedule and take longer to arrive at your destination. Be careful when renting cars, however, as heavy snowfall may impact driving.

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