|TOKYO - KYOTO / OSAKA / NARA / KOBE / HIMEJI
|This site would like to explain several routes
(No1, No2, No3, No4 and No5) between two
most major cities of Japan, Kyoto and Tokyo.
|Actually, apart from following 5 options,
you may also be interested in JTB Japanican Tours . It is package deal including Nozomi round
trips plus Sheraton Miyako Hotel, starts JPY22,800 per person for two ways
Shinkansen + four nights at the Sheraton
without meal, based on three people on same
itinerary with three-person-room (JPY23,800
per person based on two people on same itinerary
with two-person-room). You would like to
make self-organized-tour? Then, here's the
way to make your journey wonderful and personal
|No1. SHINKANSEN (bullet train, super express)
|In Japanese language, it is directly translated
as New-Main-Line (Shin-Kan-Sen). There are
8 lines operated by 4 JR companies throughout Japan, and one of which is called
Tokaido Shinkansen connecting Tokyo and Shin-Osaka
via Kyoto since 1964. Some statistic is available
at this official JR page. The year 2027 will start CHUO LINEAR Shinkansen or SuperConducting
Mag-Lev (Magnetic Levitation) between Shinagawa (Tokyo) and Nagoya,
then will be extended to Shin-Osaka (Osaka)
possibly not via Kyoto but only via Nara.
Nozomi (Hope) : What goes/runs/travels faster than Hikari
(light). We shall better to have Nozomi to
live, especially after the hopeless events/news
around the world. 2 hours and 30 minutes.
JPY14,110. Every 10 minutes can travel 1,323
people (200 green seats + 1,123 2nd class
seats) to west, which means that there are
6 or more trains every 1 hour.
Hikari (Light) : The fastest object runs in the universe.
3 hours. JPY13,800. There are 2 trains every
1 hour. Not JR but discount ticket shop like
Access Ticket in Yaesu exit of Tokyo main
station sells good price! For example, Kobe for
JPY13,900, Osaka for JPY12,950, Kyoto for
JPY12,600, Nagoya for JPY9,950.
Kodama (Sound) : Speed of sound is used to be representative
of fastness. 4 hours. JPY10,100 (Platt Kodama).
|No2. HIGHWAY BUS by JR
|There are more than 10 buses a night and
a day each direction. Some of the buses are
Josei-Sen-Yo which is female only bus.
8 - 9 hours. Price ranges JPY3,500 (four
seaters, two-aisle-two) - JPY10,800 (two
Night bus : Starts JPY3,500 one way (would be as low as JPY3,430 purchased
on-line with credit card) which is tight
and not that comfortable. Most comfortable
seat ever on highway bus can be experienced
with Gran Dream (as low as JPY6,000 purchased on-line with
credit card), which has only 3 seats on the
ground-deck (not the second floor) of the
double-deck highway bus, you will like privacy
and semi-compartment international first
Day bus : Starts JPY4,200 or JPY5,000 or JPY7,300 (discount applied
if purchased on-line with credit card).
|No.3 HIGHWAY BUS by PRIVATE BUS COMPANIES
|Other than JR bus mentioned above (No2),
there are several private bus operators including
Willer Express. 8 - 9 hours. Price varies
from JPY3,500 to JPY11,800 one way.
|No.4 SEISHUN 18 KIPPU
|This page may explain a bit further, but simply saying,
this ticket is only available during students
holiday time (Winter, Spring and Summer).
It can be JPY2,370 one way between Kyoto
and Tokyo with usually needed 6 - 7 times
transfers. Hyperdia would support finding your best time tables.
Tokyo 05:20 => 07:27 Numazu 07:31 =>
08:29 Shizuoka 08:30 => 09:42 Hamamatsu
09:44 => 11:46 Ogaki 12:12 =>
12:46 Maibara 12:50 => 13:43 Kyoto (and
to Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Himeji and more)
Tokyo 08:38 - 10:29 Atami 10:35 - 11:50 Shizuoka
12:03 - 13:15 Hamamatsu 13:21 - 13:55 Toyohashi
14:03 - 15:32 Ogaki 15:37 - 16:12 Maibara
16:18 - 17:12 Kyoto (and to Osaka, Kobe,
Nara, Himeji and more)
Tokyo 10:37 - 12:15 Atami 12:35 - 13:48 Shizuoka
14:01 - 15:15 Hamamatsu 15:20 - 15:54 Toyohashi
16:02 - 18:11 Maibara 18:18 - 19:12
Kyoto (and to Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Himeji and
|No.5 See Mt.Fuji from sky above (via airplane
|This short flight route can be done under
JPY9,000 even with B787. LCC flies much cheaper
from/to Narita Airport (as low as JPY3,000).
As title says, the most spectacular benefit
of flying this route is to capture the crater
top of Mt.Fuji from the sky. Even airport
is raining wet, you may be able to see it
above cloud, yes, the mountain with ocean
of clouds. When sunrises/sunsets, it would
add the wonderful color into your vision
of life. Let's aim high (^_^)
Haneda - Itami
Narita - Itami
Ibaraki - Kobe
Haneda - Kobe
Narita - Kansai
Haneda - Kansai