Continuing on to Tobu-Nikko, the next train was a Local just 3 minutes away, which is a lot more pleasant than the long wait at Kinugawa-Onsen just now. The service that I’ll be on though, is just a short relay train for the Limited Express Kinugawa, so the whole train service will last just 7.1km with 3 stations served in total – Shimo-Imaichi, Kami-Imaichi and Tobu-Nikko.
The Limited Express Kinugawa 5 would arrive at Platform 2, and passengers for Tobu-Nikko can cross the platform to Platform 1 to board the Local relay train.
A small Tobu Railway maintenance train set parked at a siding beside Platform 1.
The JR East Limited Express Kinugawa 5 arriving at Platform 2.
The LED destination sign of the Limited Express Kinugawa.
The Limited Express Kinugawa is made up of an ex-Narita Express 253-1000 Series EMU.
After the arrival of the Limited Express Kinugawa 5, the Local Train for Tobu-Nikko follows behind, arriving at Platform 1.
The destination sign of the Local Train bound for Tobu-Nikko.
The interior of the Tobu 6050 Series on the Tobu Nikko Line Local.
Most seats are arranged in facing bays of 4 seats.
The rather comfortable bay seats on this short journey.
The route map of the Tobu Railway network.
Toilets are also available on board.
As this is a 34 year old train, only Japanese squat toilets are available.
Heading on to Tobu-Nikko.
The view of the train from my seat.
Destination signs are also available inside of the train.
Making a brief stop at Kami-Imaichi. Only Section Express and Local trains stop at this intermediate station.
The beautiful scenery on the way to Tobu-Nikko.
Approaching Tobu-Nikko with a view of JR Nikko Station on the left.
Passing a departing Limited Express SPACIA Kegon for Asakusa.
Approaching the non-Limited Express platform at Tobu-Nikko.
Disembarking from the Tobu Nikko Line Local at Tobu-Nikko Station.
The coupling between the two two-car sets.
The buffer stop of Tobu-Nikko Station.
Seems like my train only does the short relay run between Shimo-Imaichi to Tobu-Nikko and back.
Heading out through the side manual lane with my JR TOKYO Wide Pass.
Heading out of Tobu-Nikko Station.
The view of the town outside Tobu-Nikko Station.
The facade of Tobu-Nikko Station.
Overall, a short and pleasant trip on the Tobu Nikko Line Local. Now for a little bit of Nikko exploration first.