Getting to Kyoto

Japan is connected by an efficient transport network including the Shinkansen (bullet train) and domestic flights, allowing you to choose to land at any international gateway around the country.

The most popular route for getting to Kyoto is to fly into Tokyo Haneda airport (HND) and take a connecting flight to Osaka Itami (ITM). From ITM, Skygate Taxis, limosine bus or the famous Shinkansen are available to transport you from Osaka to Kyoto city.

Osaka: International Airport (ITM) to Kyoto

Osaka: Kansai International Airport (KIX) to Kyoto


Japan Rail Pass

Another popular option for traveling to Kyoto is on the JR Group. Japan Rail Pass, a joint offering of the six companies comprising the Japan Railways Group (JR Group), is the economical and convenient means of traveling throughout Japan by rail.

There are two types of Passes: Pass for Green Cars and Pass for Standard Cars. Each type can be purchased for 7 days, 14 days or 21 days.

The JAPAN RAIL PASS is a special fare ticket that is available only to travelers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sightseeing. To be eligible to purchase a JAPAN RAIL PASS, you must meet one of the following two conditions. Even if you have an Exchange Order or have purchased a PASS online, if you do not meet the qualifications for using the JAPAN RAIL PASS, you will be unable to exchange it or pick it up. Please confirm the usage qualifications thoroughly prior to purchasing an Exchange Order or PASS.

Temporary Visitor entry status, according to Japanese Immigration Law, allows a stay in Japan of 15 days or 90 days for “sight-seeing, etc. “If you apply for a “stay for sight-seeing” when you enter Japan, entry personnel will stamp your passport as “Temporary Visitor,” as shown below.

Japan Rail Pass

Tokyo to Kyoto