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Osaka Itami Airport to Kyoto

Given there is no direct train from Osaka airport to Kyoto, is the bus or a monorail/ train combination better? Inside tips and more on the best way to get from Osaka Itami Airport to Kyoto Station or downtown Kyoto

Tokyo to Kyoto by Shinkansen Train

Everybody loves a bargain. The Japan Rail Pass is one example. With one week’s unlimited travel around Japan for 28,000 yen, you could save thousands traveling from Sapporo to Fukuoka and return. The reality is, most visitors don’t travel that much, so the possibility of saving money on a one way Tokyo to Kyoto ticket may be a better option. This is the definitive guide with inside tips and tricks on traveling by train.

Kyoto by Subway

The subway is the quickest way for travelers to get around Kyoto quickly and effortlessly, and is also the most direct way to reach a number of sightseeing spots, including Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace. There are two lines. The Tozai line runs east west from Nijo to Higashiyama, while the Karasuma line runs north south, intersecting each other like a cross at Karasuma Oike. The Karasuma line connects Kyoto Station with the Imperial Palace and Kitayama. As there are fewer tourists on the subway, you are more likely to get a seat, particularly outside peak commuting hours.

Amanohashidate Maizuru Luxury Train

Since the introduction of train travel, the idea of luxury dining to the clickety clack sound of the train tracks have held allure and glamour for many travelers.  While Europe has the Orient Express, Kyoto's north coast now has a Japanese version, the Kyoto Tango Railway's Matsu train. Named after the pine trees that line the shore at Amanohashidate, it offers luxury dining in polished wood carriages, and spectacular views of the Japan Sea on one side and green mountains on the other.