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Into & Out of Kyoto


The Shinkansen (Bullet train) is the fastest (up to 300Km/Hr (186 Miles/hr)) and safest form of transportation in Japan. There has never been documentation of any accident or malfunction in over 30 years of its operation. It is the quickest way to major cities like Tokyo and Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. There are both reserved and unreserved cars. Unreserved cars are less expensive, but you are not guaranteed a seat. Drinks, snacks and and box lunches (obento) are available from service wagons that regularly pass through the train aisles. There are designated smoking and non-smoking cars to be aware of. Green Cars are First class carriages that only exist on the Tokaido and San-yo line (Nozomi). Green cars are indicated by a green 'clover' symbol next to the entrance door.

∗Japan Rail Pass

This pass is the probably the most well known discount ticket for travellers from abroad. This is available in 7,14, and 21 day validities.It allows you to ride any JR train throughout the country as well as the shinkansen. The pass is not valid for "NOZOMI" trains on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines. The pass can only be bought overseas.


The JR Line as well as other less expensive private train lines connect major cities with Kyoto. Though not as time efficient as the Shinkansen, trains are a decent way of making day-trips out of Kyoto.


It depends on the destination, but Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka and Osaka International Airport (Itami) are the main airports that bring you in and out of Kyoto. From there, there are several options of transportation that you can choose from.

< From KIX (Kansai International Airport) >

⇑ Yasaka Airport Shuttle: 3,500 Yen

Door to door taxi service. Don’t hassle with dragging heavy luggage to the station.

⇑ Limousine bus 105min:\2,300

Osaka Airport Transport runs to Kyoto Station and some hotels.

⇑ Train 75min:\3,500 reserved; \3,000 unreserved

JR Haruka Airport Express Train: Most of the time, unreserved seats are available, and an advanced ticket is not necessary.

< From ITM (Itami International Airport) >

⇑ Limousine bus 55min:\1,280

Osaka Airport Transport runs to Kyoto Station and some hotels.

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