Train Tickets from Tokyo to Kyoto

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More information about your journey to Kyoto

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Upon arrival, Kyoto Station stands as a gateway to the city's cultural treasures. From the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine with its dozens of vermilion torii gates to the serene and historic atmosphere of Gion district, Kyoto offers a glimpse into Japan's preserved past. The city's thousand temples, traditional tea houses, and the gorgeous Arashiyama district showcase a Kyoto that perfectly encapsulates the soul of traditional Japan.

Whether you're a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or someone seeking a tranquil escape, the Tokyo to Kyoto Shinkansen journey offers a seamless blend of modern travel convenience and the timeless allure of Japan's cultural heritage. And with Kyoto being in the heart of the Kansai region, it's also the gateway to many other regional treasures, from the shores of Lake Biwa to the Amanohashidate coast to the popular day trip destination Nara and its deer roaming free in temple grounds or the vibrant and neon-lit city of Osaka

Note: Kyoto Station is usually not the last stop on this Shinkansen line, which can continue to travel to Kobe, Hiroshima, or even Hakata (Fukuoka). Please be mindful of the stops in order to get off at the right station. 

The Tokaido Shinkansen Line is operated by Japan Railways (JR), the largest rail company in Japan. Tickets booked with Japan Experience are issued through an official partnership with JR West, meaning you are dealing directly with the train operator that will take you from Tokyo to Kyoto.

About the Mount Fuji view seat option

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On the way from Tokyo to Kyoto, we highly recommend you book a window seat with a view on Mount Fuji, to get the chance to experience one of Japan's most iconic views from its modern landmark, the Shinkansen bullet train!

Please note that during peak travel seasons, we may have to change your train to another one up to 15 minutes earlier or later than the original booking to ensure a window seat reservation.

Advantages of taking the train from Tokyo to Kyoto

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Efficiency

Covering the distance of 500km between Tokyo and Kyoto in a little over 2 hours, Shinkansen bullet trains are one of the fastest ways to reach your destination relaxed and worry-free. 

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Comfort

Comfortable seats, plenty of space to relax your legs, regularly cleaned carriages and peace and quiet for a relaxing journey. 

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Reliability

With hundreds of departures per day and an average delay per train estimated at 24 seconds, the Shinkansen is very reliable. 

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Eco-friendly

Your Tokyo to Kyoto itinerary corresponds to 15kg of CO2 emissions by Shinkansen, compared to 125kg by plane on the same journey. Traveling by train is 8 times more eco-responsible than flying!

How to book your Tokyo to Kyoto train tickets?

Pick your date, time & seat

You can book up to 9 months prior to your travel date.

Confirm and purchase

Order your train ticket securely online.

Receive your QR code

Get your QR code by email 1 month before departure.

Exchange and enjoy

Follow the instructions received on how to exchange your QR code and enjoy your ride.

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More information about your train, Tokyo Station and Kyoto Station

Different types of Shinkansen available

To get from Tokyo to Kyoto, you can choose between three types of Shinkansen high-speed bullet trains: Hikari, Kodama and Nozomi. Hikari trains make fewer stops and take around 2 hours and 40 minutes to complete the trip. Kodama stop at more stations, and thus the Tokyo to Kyoto journey takes a little over 3 hours and 30 minutes. The Nozomi is the fastest of the options, being an express train, but it'll cost you more. This Shinkansen also operates only with reserved seats

No matter the type of train, reclinable seats, overhead storage, power outlets, and more are available on board! You can be sure that traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto by Shinkansen will be both efficient and comfortable. Be sure to research all seat and car options to book the train ticket adapted to your travel needs. 

How to get to Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station is located in central Tokyo, and is at the crossroads of many public transportation lines, being the main departing station for Shinkansen trains in Tokyo. Multiple JR lines, such as the Yamanote, Chuo, Keiyo or Sobu lines, stop at Tokyo Station. The Marunouchi subway line, as well as several bus lines and airport transfer options, also stop at Tokyo Station. 

Where to go from Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station is located right in the heart of the old Japanese capital and is served by multiple public transportation lines from JR or Kintetsu, the regional rail operator in the Kansai area. The Karasuma subway line also stops at Kyoto Station. Kyoto's famed and extensive bus network also revolves around Kyoto Station, meaning you can hop on a wide choice of bus lines to get to where you need in Kyoto.

Why book your train tickets with Japan Experience?

Official seller

Our train tickets are issued through an official partnership with the National Japan Railways Group (JR).

Secure payment

You're in control! We offer different payment options.

Quality at our core

Our team of passionate individuals based in Japan works with you directly, no intermediary needed.

Customer support

We're here to help, 7/7. And available through all channels. 

Read more about the exchange process, conditions, cancellation and validity of train tickets here

How far in advance can I book train tickets?

You can book train tickets in Japan between 9 months prior to your train's departure date and 3 days before departure. 

Is there a special train ticket fare for children?

Yes, there are special fares applicable for children. Ages 12 and up are considered adults, but kids aged from 6 to 11 benefit from a reduced fare. Children under the age of 6 travel for free and do not need to book a seat. This free fare is limited to 2 tickets, meaning any additional child under 6 will then pay the classic child fare and will have to book a seat. 

Where to exchange your train tickets in Japan depending on the region

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In the JR West area (blue), you can exchange your QR code for a physical train ticket at reserved seat ticket machines in stations, or at Midori-no-Madoguchi ticket windows with station staff. In the JR Central area (orange), you can exchange your QR code at reserved seat ticket vending machines at indicated stations. In the JR East area (green), you can exchange your train tickets at Shinkansen stations, major stations in the Tokyo metropolitan area, and Narita Airport stations. 

How to use your train tickets in Japan 

To use your train tickets once you have exchanged them, simply head to Tokyo Station, insert your train ticket into the automatic gates (don't forget to take it back), and head to the right platform to hop on your train. On board the train, find the seat number that is on your ticket if you have a seat reservation, and enjoy the ride! Once you've arrived in Kyoto, insert the ticket again at the gates upon exiting Kyoto Station, and the city is now yours to explore. 

Modification and Cancellation

Order cancellation

Customers have up to 3 working days prior to their departure date to cancel their train ticket orders as long as they have not scanned the corresponding QR code and exchanged for their physical train tickets. A 15% cancellation fee will be charged, and the QR code will be instantly deactivated upon order cancellation. 

For train ticket orders that have already had the corresponding QR code scanned and where the tickets have been received, orders may be canceled at JR Station offices, where a refund will be issued with a 5%-10% cancellation fee, depending on the station and office. This refund will be made in cash in Japanese yen. 

Past the day and time of departure, refunds cannot be issued, regardless if the corresponding QR code has been used or not, and regardless if customers have received their physical tickets or not. 

Order modification 

Japan Experience allows for one modification request of date and/or time of departure (changes to destination or route are not possible*). Modifications to the date and/or time of departure are only possible under the following conditions:

-The corresponding QR code has not been used. 

-It is NOT within three days of the departure date. 

You will then be sent a new QR code to use at JR stations to exchange for your new tickets. 

Any modification requests after the first change or changes to the departing and/or arrival station will require that the order be canceled and then re-ordered with the new travel information. 

For those wishing to make modifications to the date/time of their train trip after using the sent QR code and receiving their tickets, this can be done at JR offices at JR stations up to 10 minutes prior to departure. In the case of a change in arrival station, such a change can only be accommodated if said station is on the same Shinkansen train route (i.e. a route change from Tokyo>Kyoto can be changed to Tokyo>Shin-Osaka but not to Tokyo>Kanazawa). The difference in fare will be paid at the JR office.

In the case of a missed train departure, those holding tickets for Kodama Shinkansen bullet trains on the Tokaido-Sanyo Line are able to board Nozomi, Hikari, and other Kodama trains on the same day, from the same station, to the same destination, for use on non-reserved train cars. 

If a Shinkansen bullet train does not have any non-reserved train cars (like the Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki bullet train) or has no open seats, the train may still be ridden, but passengers will be required to stand during their commute in either the areas between each train car or in aisles between seats, depending on the capacity of the train at that time. Passengers will be required to stand until reaching their destination or until non-reserved train car seats become available for use. 

Eligibility

All persons above the age of 12, with no restrictions of residence status or nationality, are eligible to purchase individual train tickets (unlike the Japan Rail Pass and some JR regional passes, for example). Japanese individuals as well as foreigners living in Japan can thus purchase train tickets online. Under the age of 12, the aforementioned child fare conditions apply. 

Validity of train tickets

Train tickets issued are only valid for the date and time indicated on your booking, and are to be used only on the Tokyo to Kyoto route. 

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