It’s a fact that hundreds of flights land in Tokyo every day. This is not surprising as the city is not only the transport hub but the capital of Japan. Aside from being the landing city, there are many reasons why any tourist should explore Tokyo. The Japanese capital has a great mixture of attractions and let’s not forget about the world class culinary scene in throughout the city. But Tokyo is not the most treasured historical and cultural destination in the country. That distinction belongs to Kyoto. After all, Kyoto was the capital of Japan for many decades.
Fortunately it is easy to get from Tokyo to Kyoto. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get from Tokyo to Kyoto:
1st Option: Take a flight – Tokyo to Kyoto
Kyoto does not have an airport close to its center. The nearest airport is Itami Airport in Osaka. Most flights from Tokyo to Itami depart from Haneda Airport and NOT Narita Airport. Therefore:
1. Book a flight from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Itami Airport in Osaka. The flight time is 1 hour.
2. From Itami Airport, you have to ride a bus for an hour to reach Central Kyoto.
2nd Option: Take the train – Tokyo to Kyoto
Japan’s railway services are some of the best in the world. For some people it is a Japanese travel experience in itself.
1. Choose either the regular train line OR the bullet train called Shinkansen.
2. If you take the regular train line getting to Kyoto from Tokyo will take about 10 hours. If you only have a week or less to explore Japan, this is not considered overly practical.
To maximize your time, we recommend that you take a Shinkansen train – one of Japan’s famous bullet trains.