trains in japan: narita - tokyo/shinagawa - kyoto - tokyo
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jan 31, 2011 2:04 AM Last Post By: toddwassel
Jan 30, 2011 8:43 PM
1. take an express train to Shinagawa and stay overnight near the station, then go to Kyoto via Shinkansen Sunday morning.
2. take an express train to Tokyo, stay overnight, and go to Kyoto via Shinkansen Sunday morning.
or is there a better way to handle this portion of our trip?
Also, is the JR Pass valid on the Shinkansen (except Nozomi) as well as the train from Narita AND trains in and around Tokyo? How do I determine which JR Pass to get since there are multiple JR's?
Jan 30, 2011 8:50 PM
1is there a better way to handle this portion of our trip?
I would shinkansen to Kyoto upon arrival, stay in hotel there and wake up in Kyoto to maximize time there. Two days isn't very much.
Jan 30, 2011 9:17 PM
Jan 30, 2011 9:31 PM
3The last Narita Express train that connects to the last Hikari for Kyoto leaves NRT at 18:48. You need to fly into NRT by 17:00 at the latest to catch this train. You have to factor in time to clear immigration, collect luggage, clear immigration and activate a JR Pass at the travel center.
I'd recommend you stay in Shinagawa. Shinagawa Station is less confusing than Tokyo. Toyoko Inn near the station is reasonably priced, and Shinagawa Prince is also located just in front of the station, though it's more costly than Toyoko.
The earliest Hikari for Kyoto leaves Shinagawa at 6:34 and arrives at Kyoto at 9:15.
If you want to get to Kyoto as early as possible, stay in Shin-Yokohama the night before, then catch Hikari493 leaving Shin-Yokohama at 6:00 and arriving at Kyoto at 8:01. This train is run on N700 type, and it has power outlets in every row. It's convenient if you use a laptop on board.
There are affordable hotels in Shin-Yokohama. After alighting from Narita Express at Shinagawa, change to Shinkansen to Shin-Yokohama, next stop.
The JR Pass is valid on Narita Express, JR Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku and Chuo lines (any JR line) in Tokyo. Yamanote line covers most major spots in Tokyo.
Transport orientation in Tokyo: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2017.html
Jan 31, 2011 2:04 AM
4I guess it depends on what time you arrive at Narita. If you are arriving anytime after 4 pm then I would recommend staying in Shinagawa and waking up early to reach Kyoto.
But anything before 4 pm and I would head straight for Kyoto. 2 days is a really short time and you will kick yourselves for not spending as much time in Kyoto as possible.
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