How to get from Nagoya to Kyoto

Get from Nagoya to Kyoto, two of the most famous cities in Japan, using the famous Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line. 

Trip Duration Approx. 30-50 mins
First & Last Departure 6:20 AM/ 10:58 PM
💶 Cost From 1,340-2820 yen
🚆 Distance 165 kilometers
🚉 Departing/Arriving Station Nagoya Station/
Kyoto Station
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Read more about reserving seats on the train in Japan // How to Reserve Seats on the Train in Japan

Oversized Baggage on the Shinkansen bullet train

For travelers with large baggage, there are certain requirements that must be met to bring it onto the bullet train. Per Japan Railway regulation, baggage that exceeds a sum of 160cm in dimension (L x W x H) must be placed in the designated oversized baggage section located in the back of the train car, and the owners of such baggage must reserve seats nearby this space. Note that any baggage that exceeds 250cm in total dimensions is not allowed on the Shinkansen at all. 

Exceptions for these baggage rules include things like baby carriages, musical instruments in cases, and sports equipment (like bikes, snowboards, etc.) that are also in cases. Note that these regulations are limited to the Tokaido-Sanyo Line. Other Shinkansen lines like the Hokuriku Shinkansen and Limited Express Trains, do not have such regulations or restrictions. 

Dimensions for luggage on the Shinkansen bullet train

Read more about oversized baggage rules on the Shinkansen // New Luggage Reservation Rules for the Shinkansen

The varied culinary scene of Nagoya, many of which have local connections, is a popular feature of the city for many residents. In Nagoya, everything made with aka-miso, or red miso, is renowned for its potent flavor. Its name implies that it is quite deeply red in color, and it's utilized in a variety of soup and stew recipes. Chicken wings, or tebasaki, are another staple of Nagoya's cuisine. They are a staple of Nagoya's izakaya food and are usually drenched in a thick, sticky, sweet sauce.

One of the most important historical sites is Nagoya Castle. It was Japan's first castle to receive the title of "national treasure." Despite being built in 1612, Nagoya Castle was restored after being devastated during World War II and is now used as the city's symbol.

Nagoya Castle with Sakura

Nagoya Castle with Sakura


View of Nagoya

View of Nagoya showing the 170m-tall Mode Gakuen Spiral Towers and the Kintetsu & Meitetsu Stations

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Kyoto is a major city, but unlike other large cities in Japan, it is surrounded by mountains on three sides and contains a large amount of traditional architecture rather than high-rise buildings. Take advantage of Kyoto's unique geography by taking some time for a leisurely stroll across the surrounding landscape. The two-hour trek from Shogunzuka to Seiryuden, which leads to Chion-in Temple, is one of the easier walks in the area. Experience an unrestricted view of the city from an elevated viewpoint and learn about Kyoto in a way you never would have thought possible. As soon as passengers arrive at Kyoto Station, they are in the center of the ancient capital. 


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Kyoto, Japan


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