Transportation to Kyoto
The fares shown below are as of
November 2007 and are subject to change.
From Kansai International
- The most convenient way to get to Kyoto is
to take Airport Express 'Haruka'. 'Haruka' starts every 30 minutes at the
JR (Japan Railways) station located just next to the
airport terminal building. It takes about 75 minutes to get to Kyoto,
which is the final destination of the train. The fare is 3,290 yen for a
reserved seat and 2,980 yen for a seat without reservation. [Note that the fare is the sum of the
fare for the regular ticket (1,830 yen) and the additional fare for the
express train (1,460 yen for a reserved seat and 1,150 yen for a seat
without reservation). You can buy tickets from a machine or the ticket counter
at the station.]
- Alternatively, you can first take a train called
Kanku Kaisoku to Osaka, and change a train for Kyoto. This route is less
expensive (1,830 yen), but somewhat complicated and time-consuming (65
minutes to Osaka, and another 30 minutes to Kyoto). Besides JR, there is
another local railway called Nankai Railway. But Nankai trains only go to
Osaka, not further to Kyoto. This train is not recommended unless you want
to visit Osaka directly
from the airport.
- Limousine bus service is also available at the airport. It
normally takes about 105 minutes, but varies depending on traffic
conditions. A bus for Kyoto leaves every 30 -- 60 minutes. The fare is
2,300 yen. Every bus for Kyoto will stop at the JR Kyoto station.
- More about Kansai International Airport, click here
(Itami) Airport (ITM)
- There is another airport in Osaka,
or Itami Airport.
This airport was the only international airport before Kansai Airport opened.
Currently it is mainly used to serve domestic flights.
- From this airport, the most convenient way to get to
to take a limousine bus. A bus normally starts every 20 minutes
and it takes about 55 minutes to get to Kyoto. All buses will arrive at
the JR Kyoto Station, and some of them go further to several hotels. The
fare is 1,280 yen.
- You may go to the train station of Osaka by bus and then take a train to
Kyoto. But it is not recommended unless you are interested in visiting
Osaka, because it is more complicated, time-consuming, and expensive.
- For a transfer between the two airports, Kansai and
Itami, it is recommended to take a limousine bus. It normally starts every
30 minutes. It takes about 75 minutes. The fare is 1,700 yen.
is the most convenient means of transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto. The line connecting
Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka is called Tokaido
Shinkansen. There are three
types of trains: 'Nozomi', 'Hiraki' and 'Kodama' in Tokaido Shinkansen. [The fare shown below is the sum of the
fare for the regular ticket and the (additional) fare for the express
train. The fare may slightly vary depending on the season.]
2 hours 20 minutes from Tokyo to Kyoto; fare is 13,520 yen, and 12,710 yen
for a seat without reservation.
2 hours 40 -- 50 minutes from Tokyo to Kyoto; fare is 13,220 yen for
reserved seat, and 12,710 yen for a seat without reservation. Hirari is
much less frequent than Nozomi.
3 hours 50 minutes from Tokyo to Kyoto; it stops at all stations; fare is
the same as 'Hikari'. Kodama that reaches Kyoto leaves every hour.
- It is possible to travel by a Highway Bus, which
leaves Tokyo late in the evening and arrives in Kyoto early in the next
morning. The fare is much cheaper than Sinkansen. [There are several bus
companies that have a service between Tokyo and Kyoto. For example, in the
case of JR Bus, which serves between Shinjuku (in Tokyo) and Kyoto, the
fare is 8,180 yen.]
- It is not a very good idea to fly from Tokyo or Narita,
because there is no airport in Kyoto. The closest airport is Itami Airport in Osaka, which mainly
serves domestic flights. It takes more than an hour to get to Kyoto from Itami Airport.
- For Shinkansen Timetable, click here
Campus and My Office [Masao Fukushima]
- My office is located in the Engineering Building No.
8 in the Main Campus (also called Yoshida Campus) of Kyoto University. My
phone number is 753-5519. (075-753-5519 from outside Kyoto; 81-75-753-5519
from outside Japan). My fax number is 753-4756 (075-753-4756 from outside
Kyoto; 81-75-753-4756 from outside Japan).
- Main Campus of Kyoto University is located in the
north-east part of the city of Kyoto.
- By taxi, it takes about 20 minutes and costs about 2,500
yen from JR Kyoto Station to the campus.
- Aceess and Maps
Accommodation: University Guest Houses
- Seifu Kaikan: 8 minutes' walk from the main campus. Tel: 721-0661 (Download a map of Seifu Kaikan. Show this
map to the taxi driver when you take a taxi.)
- Shiran Kaikan: 5 minutes' walk from the main campus. Tel:
771-0958 (A map
of Shiran Kaikan.)
- Kyodai Kaikan: 8 minutes' walk from the main campus. Tel:
751-8311 (A map of
- By taxi, it takes about 20 minutes and costs about
2,500 yen from JR Kyoto Station to each of these guest houses.
- Map is here.
<Last update: October 15, 2008 >