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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 Kyoto (and Shin-Osaka) since 1964. Some statistic is available at this official JR page. The year 2027 will start CHUO LINEAR Shinkansen or Mag-Lev, the floating train similar to Shanghai Pudong Airport Access.

Nozomi (Hope) : What goes/runs/travels faster than Hikari (light). We shall better to have Nozomi to live, especially after the hopless 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 (Puratto 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 seaters, one-aisle-one).

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 at JPY10,500 (as low as JPY6,400 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 class experience!

Day bus : JPY4,200 or JPY7,300 (as low as JPY5,000 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 JPY2,300 one way between Kyoto and Tokyo with usually needed 6 - 7 times transfers. Hyperdia would support finding your best time tables.

Example-1

Tokyo 05:20 - 07:08 Atami 07:10 - 07:27 Numazu 07:32 - 08:28 Shizuoka 08:49 - 10:00 Hamamatsu 10:20 - 10:54 Toyohashi 11:03 - 12:31 Ogaki 12:42 - 13:18 Maibara 13:20 - 14:13 Kyoto (and to Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Himeji and more)

Example-2


Tokyo 08:36 - 10:28 Atami 10:35 - 11:50 Shizuoka 12:03 - 13:15 Hamamatsu 13:21 - 13:55 Toyohashi 14:03 - 15:31 Ogaki 15:37 - 16:12 Maibara 16:18 - 17:12 Kyoto (and to Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Himeji and more)

Example-3

Tokyo 10:42 - 12:29 Atami 12:57 - 15:33 Hamamatsu 15:43 - 16:17 Toyohashi 16:31 - 18:41 Maibara 18:48 - 19:42 Kyoto (and to Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Himeji and more)
No.5 See Mt.Fuji from sky above (via airplane window)
This short flight route can be done under JPY9,000 even with B787. LCC flies much cheaper from/to Narita Airport. 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, the mountain with clouds of ocean. 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
and more.......
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