How to Get to Kyoto
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Getting to Kyoto is so complexed because it is different from where you would like to go. In this article, you would come to Kyoto from Tokyo, Osaka, and Kansai International Airport so I introduce the 3 ways to come to Kyoto. When you finish this article, you can clearly learn the place from which you come.
Getting to Kyoto
From Tokyo to Kyoto
The best way to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto is to use the bullet train or shinkansen. You can board a bullet train from Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station, and then it is a straight shot to Kyoto Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen line. If you are traveling by a Japan Rail Pass, you cannot use the Nozomi train! You will be charged a fee if you try to use the Nozomi trains. Instead, you should use the Hikari trains, as they are no additional fees. The journey from Tokyo Station to Kyoto Station should take 2 hours and 40 minutes, so sit back and relax.
From Osaka to Kyoto
Fortunately, Osaka is very close to Kyoto. You can ride on a shinkansen from Osaka Station to Kyoto Station in only 15 minutes, which is what I recommend if you have a Japan Rail Pass as it is the quickest and most comfortable way. However, if you are heading for the Shijo-Kawaramachi area for some shopping and food, I suggest you take the Hankyu Kyoto Main Line from Umeda Station (about 5 minutes on foot from Osaka Station) to Kawaramachi Station in Kyoto. This will take you directly to the downtown shopping and restaurant areas.
Kansai International Airport to Kyoto
Navigating Kansai international Airport is fortunately very smooth, as a direct train line to Kyoto begins at a train station located at the airport itself! For 3,370 yen, you can ride on the Haruka limited express to Kyoto Station in just over 1 hour and 10 minutes. There are special racks in the train carts for your big suitcases too, making for a more comfortable ride. You can purchase train tickets at the Kansai-Airport Station ticket machines with cash.