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Travel from US to Kyoto

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Philadelphia, PA
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Travel from US to Kyoto

Is there a convenient and comfortable way to get from Narita airport, Tokyo to Kyoto, or is it better to fly directly from the U.S. to Osaka? Arriving at Narita would allow us to purchase round trip tickets from the U.S. as we will need to return to the U.S. from Narita.

London, UK
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1. Re: Travel from US to Kyoto

This really is very easy. A train called the Narita Express goes from the airport to Tokyo Station, from where Shinkansen (Bullet trains) leave for Kyoto about every ten minutes. Rather curiously, the Narita Express, though very comfortable, is not very fast but the Bullet trains cover the 300 miles to Kyoto in about 2hrs 30. The total travelling time will be about four hours.

You might save a little time by flying from Narita to Osaka and then getting the train to Kyoto but it would be a pity to miss the experience of travelling on the world's best rail system.

Like all large Japanese stations, it is easy to get confused in Tokyo station but there are plenty of signs to the Shinkansen tracks. If all else fails, just ask any young Japanese and they will show you the way.

To me, the most important thing about travelling in Japan is to send luggage from the airport to your hotel. I have used this system more than 30 times and it always arrives the next day.

Philadelphia, PA
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2. Re: Travel from US to Kyoto

LondonBob advised luggage delivered directly to the hotel from the airport. Would this service be available for a Kyoto hotel from Narita? Where in the airport would we find this servie? Any idea of the cost?

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3. Re: Travel from US to Kyoto

Japan has a wonderful, reliable system of package deliveries from (almost) anywhere to anywhere in the country (including luggage). At Narita there is a group of delivery comapany counters close to the arrivals exit. The Japanese word for this service is "takkyubin" (pronounced TAK -yoo-bin), but I think there are English signs. You can certainly ask for your stuff to be sent to Kyoto. It'll probably cost about ��1500-��2000 per suitcase, and is speedy (same or next day, depending on your arrival time). Also, you can ask your hotel to arrange luggage collection to be taken to the airport for you when you leave. This needs to be sent one day ahead of departure.

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Don't forget to buy the JR rail pass before you leave home if you plan to do a lot of train travel. It saves you a ton of Yen.