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Narita to Kyoto

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Narita to Kyoto


My wife and I are planning a trip to Japan and want to know what is the easiest way to get from Narita Airport to Kyoto? Are there any bullet trains that can take us direct? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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1. Re: Narita to Kyoto

NRT - (JR Narita Express) - Shinagawa - (Shinkansen) - Kyoto.



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No, there are no direct trains. It's such a long way after a flight, (you can add another 3+ hours of travelling ) so you really should stop in Tokyo for a night.

As Nao is suggesting above, the easiest place to get the Shinkansen bullet train is Shinagawa station in Tokyo. (Tokyo has many big stations, not just one main rail station & Shinagawa is easier to do transfers than the hectic rabbit warren of Tokyo Station.)

From the airport the Narita Express 'NEX' to Shinagawa Station takes about 70 minutes. The fastest shinkansen from Shinagawa to Kyoto takes about 130 minutes.

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Depending on your proposed itinerary, a JR pass might be a good value, especially if you plan to return to NRT by train.

Feel free to post it here and we can offer suggestions.

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Thanks for your help everyone.

My proposed itinerary is I arrive in Narita at 8am and would like to go to Kyoto first for 4 nights, after that I will be returning to Tokyo for 6 nights and flying out of Haneda back home to Los Angeles. From what I've read online seems like the JR pass will be a good purchase. What do you guys think?

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The 7 day pass would pay off with your itinerary. You can make the pass really worth it by adding a few day trips. Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima/Miyajima from Kyoto and Nikko, Kawaguchiko, Hakone from Tokyo are good candidates.

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