Tokyo, Japan Day Day 4: Tokyo to Kyoto via Shinkansen
It’s my last day in Tokyo so I went back to Harajuko and Shibuya to shop and take a selfie with Hachiko. In the afternoon I traveled from Tokyo to Kyoto via Shinkansen/Bullet train. I definitely enjoyed my short stay in Tokyo and I cant wait to go back. After spending all morning in Shibuya I went straight to Tokyo station to buy train tickets going to Kyoto. Tokyo station is huge and it is very easy to get lost. The navigating around the station was confusing but I was able to find the correct platform by following the signs and asking directions from the staff and other commuters.
Fast and efficient, Shinkansen or Japan’s bullet trains are the best way to travel if you plan to visit different Prefectures. I rode the shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto and from Kyoto to Nagoya. Use Hyperdia to check timetables and ticket prices, I also used it when using local trains. It’s easy to use and it’s in english, you can also download the app on your phone.
There are three services available the Nozomi, Hikari and Kodama. They vary in speed and price; I believe the Naozomi is the fastest and with fewer stops. It was really fast and arrived to my destination on time.
I took the shinkansen (bullet train) to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto and also when I traveled from Kyoto to Nagoya to visit my cousin. I could have taken the bus but I wanted to save some time since I’m only visiting Japan for only 10 days. If you are travelling around Japan it would be a good idea to get a JR pass. The Pass gives you unlimited travel on Japan Rail’s shikansen or other local trains, busses and subways. You will save you a lot of money since taking the shinkansen is quite expensive. I didn’t use it since it was cheaper for me to just to buy tickets, and I considered my itinerary and length of stay. Visit the JR pass site to help you decide if the pass is for you.
Visit this link Shinkansen guide, for a comprehensive guide on shinkansen. If you want to save money, there are night buses between Tokyo and Kyoto. The travel time is about 6-9 hours. Check Willer Express for prices and schedules.